Nigerian dwarf goats are considered as the best miniature dairy goat breed. They are highly milk productive compared to their small size. Nigerian dwarf goats were originated from West Africa. Most of the people raise them especially as pets. They are very popular as pets mainly for their easy maintenance and small stature. But along with pets, they are good milkers. Nigerian dwarf goats were first imported to the USA via sea, during back to the eighteenth century. At that time, Nigerian dwarf goats were used as food for the large cats such as lions in the zoo. See physical characteristics and behavior of Nigerian dwarf goats below.
There are two different height standards for the Nigerian Dwarf goats. The NDGA states bucks should ideally be 19 to 21 inches with a maximum allowed height of 21 inches and does should ideally be 17 to 19 inches in height with a maximum allowed height of 21 inches. ADGA and American Goat Society require bucks to be less than 23.5 inches at the withers and does to be less than 22.5 inches at the withers. Nigerian dwarf goats come in many colors.