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Nigerian Dwarf Goats - Cute and Friendly Miniature Goats

Updated on February 9, 2017

Come meet the sweetest goats in the world.

Nigerian dwarf goats are a miniature goat breed. They're hardy, friendly, and utterly adorable. Their friendly dispositions and compact size makes them perfect for small farm, 4H, and as pets.

Dwarf goats are still livestock animals however and need plenty of outdoor space and room to play, however they don't need as much as their larger cousins.

My Dwarf Goats

For the past couple years my family has had a pair of nigerian dwarf goats named Blossom and Tansy.

I was a little skeptical at first about having goats, they have an unwarranted reputation for being smelly with bad attitudes. However I've found instead that goats are enormously friendly and very clean animals. Not to say of course that they aren't also a lot of work.

Goats are also extremely smart animals so you need to give them plenty of stuff to do like ramps to climb on, toys, etc.

If you want to adopt rescued goats or you have goats that you can no longer take care of please contact your local Humane Society or a goat rescue organization. I am willing to give advice to those with goats but please don't ask me if I can adopt your goats (especially since I no longer live on my family's farm but in the city, I still get back to visit as often as I can).

In Tribute

Tansy and Blossom the goats profiled on this lens have both passed away. They were both adopted as adults and were somewhere between 8 and 12 years old, we don't know for certain but they both lived long full lives and we hope we gave them the best last years of their lives as we could. They're both greatly missed.

Goat and Llama Rescue

We just got two more goats (bringing the herd to 4) and a llama. They were all rescues from a pretty awful situation. Visit my blog post below to read the whole story and see pictures.

Other Miniature Goat Breeds

Nigerian Dwarfs aren't the only tiny goats out there. Here are two more mini goat breeds.

Care is pretty much the same for all three breeds.

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      cwrad 4 weeks ago

      good info would like to know more

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      We are getting two females and will bring them home as soon as the older one is pregnant. I don't want stud males at my house because of the odor, but the females are not bad if you keep their pen clean. Can't wait to bring them home to the farm!

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      SandraWilson LM 5 years ago

      @Sheryl Westleigh: We have had bucks, and they can be a royal pain. Some can be very nice though. But come breeding time and phew! If you have never seen how a buck "beautifies" himself (as we called it, lol) you don't want to. We still have a handful of wethers though we got rid of most of them. We only have about 30 goats left. My biggest problems were with rams. Again, some of them can be nice. (An error in my comment above. I meant "bigger" ones, not "older" ones, can make nice pets.)

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      Sheryl Westleigh 5 years ago from Maine

      @SandraWilson LM: My parents have had wethers (neutered males) and they don't have that strong musky smell that intact males have. I certainly wouldn't recommend having a buck who wasn't neutered because aside from the smell they can be more aggressive and protective of any does or wethers in the herd, plus they often don't get along well with other bucks.

      I've never tried milking dwarf goats either, just had them as pets and never bred any of the does, but I do know people who have. They are pretty good milk producers for their size.

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      SandraWilson LM 5 years ago

      Goats can stink, horribly. It's the bucks though. Usually not the does. These little guys do make great pets. Older ones can make good pets too. I sure wouldn't want to try milking one of these, but then I never have tried. That statement is based on size.

      Great lens and sorry about your Tansy. They do have a way of getting into your heart, don't they?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens, well done!! I think goats are pretty awesome and built this site about goat books. www.goatbooks.com

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      I know these little goats can be friendly and like humans. Blessings!

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      I enjoyed learning more about goats and was just amazed by those "fainting" goats. Oh my... good thing they don't have far to fall to the ground. They would have to wear helmets if they were taller to protect themselves against those dozens (or hundreds??) of times they collapse every day. I think I would like to have some goats.

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      GreenfireWiseWo 6 years ago

      Great lens. Very informative. Thank you.

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      Anthony Altorenna 6 years ago from Connecticut

      My daughters wants us to get some goats, but I'm still on the fence. They are cute, but I know who will end up doing most of the work....

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Great lens on dwarf goats. Blessed by an April Fools angel. See this featured on my April Fools Angel Blessing as soon as it is published. Your blessing is coming first. So check back.

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      Yvonne L. B. 6 years ago from Covington, LA

      Great lens. I think goats are one of the best farm animals. Blessed by an angel.

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      Mary114 6 years ago

      Great lens! Thanks for joining our group!

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      BrickHouseFabrics 6 years ago

      We had a Nubian when we were little- his name was Frisky!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      We're seriously looking into adopting a goat, but I still need to research it a lot more before we make a final decision. Your lens gave us a lot of info to contemplate. Thanks.

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      boutiqueshops 7 years ago

      Outstanding info ~ we're planning to have a few nigerian dwarf goats on our hobby farm in the near future; favorited. Thank you for making this lens!

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      D79K74 7 years ago

      Hey Great lens, I remember falling in love with the fainting goats after I saw that same episode you have posted above. This is what got me into raising goats. I now have 4 of my own and I love it.

      There is also some good information on raising goats at the link on this comment. They are giving away a Free Quick Guide on Raising Goats, Check it out

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      phpdevguy 7 years ago

      I am very interested in Nigerian goats and this has been quite informational, thank you! From a more general perspective, the raising goats blog has some good info also.

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      Shirrelle 7 years ago

      very nice :p

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Lovely lens and great info about Pygmy GOats - wish we had the land to keep them! SquidAngel Blessings for you.

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Absolutely delightful!

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      Heidi 8 years ago from Benson, IL

      Awesome...I'd love to have goats but I don't have the facilities for them.

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      ctavias0ffering1 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens 5* and a sprinkling of Angel Dust ... now to find a small field ...

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      Natalie W Schorr 8 years ago

      I used to have several Nigerians. OMG, they are the most adorable pets! Such a delight to find this lens - 5*!

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      Congratulations! Your lens is now featured on The Milk Group .

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      There is a new group being formed in Squidooville. It’s called Milk . Because you have done such a nice job with your lens The Three Billy Goats Gruff are inviting you to join them in this new venture. The exposure that your lens gets by joining will boost your lens rank and add to the number of web pages linking to your lens. Come join The Milk Group.

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      MusicMadness LM 9 years ago

      I'm always amazed by the obscure stuff I find here on Squidoo. The world is truly a wonderous place. Thanks, and 5 stars for you.

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      5 Stars and Favored!

      The Three Billy Goats Gruff stopped by your lens and liked it so much that they are sending you a virtual Cup of Coffee to hang on your wall.

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      The Homeopath 9 years ago

      Mitzi and Sarah would like to thank you for this wonderful lens about their family members. Next time, though - just send Chee-tos.

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      youhavegottobekidding 9 years ago

      This is the first time that I have heard about this mini Goat. and I think its pretty good.

      5 stars for your very well researched Lens.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      Great lens! I never heard of the Nigerian Dwarf Goats before reading this. They are adorable.

      5* and favored.

      Lizzy

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      JJNW 9 years ago from USA

      Hi from a fellow Adopt A Pet group member! It warms my heart to see us band together to earn money for and raise awareness for animals. Nice lens!

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      dcgrrl 9 years ago

      great lens! Thanks for joining our group!

      http://www.squidoo.com/groups/adoptpets

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      clouda9 lm 9 years ago

      We will learn more via your links, thank you for sharing.

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      Paul 9 years ago from Montreal

      Cute goats, more pics please!

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      Sheryl Westleigh 9 years ago from Maine

      Absolutely, mine love to climb (especially on top of the rabbit's pen) and keep finding new ways out of the pasture. It's a good thing they never go far.

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      happy-jack 9 years ago

      Watch these fellows need good

      shelter in freezing weather

      something to climb on or they

      climb on the fence and will

      find any week point in a fence.

      Get that right and you have a

      real good friend.