Pygmy goat is one of the hardiest and productive domestic goat breeds. They are very suitable as pet and also for commercial production. Pygmy goat originated from the Cameroon Valley of West Africa. They generally raised for their meat production. But also works as milk producer. Some people raise them as pet as a hobby. They become very hardy, good-nature, alert and animated. They are also a good responsive pet, ecologically effective browsers and a cooperative milk provider. They are considered as an asset in a wide variety of settings. They can adopt themselves with almost all types of climate/weather. Pygmy goats were first imported into the United States in 1959, and now are being raised as pets and laboratory animals. Characteristics, feeding, breeding, housing and care of pygmy goat are described below.
- Full body of pygmy goat is covered with straight, medium-long hair. This hair varies in density with the seasons and climates.
- On female goat breeds, they may be non-existant, terminated or sparse. And in the mature male goats, they abundant hair growth is desirable.
- They are of various or mixed colored.
- Generally pygmy goats are small and compact animal.
- Their legs, head, neck etc are comparatively shorter than their body length.
- The body circumference in relation to height and weight is proportionally greater than that of other goat breeds.
- They become very alert, hardy and playful.
- The male goat gain maturity at the age of 30 months and the females gain maturity at 274 months of age.
- An adult male goat weights about 27-39 kg and an adult female goat weights around 24-34 kg.