The gentle Nigerian dwarf goat makes a surprising amount of milk for its size. A female can produce up to 8 pounds of milk a day, making it a valuable farm animal.
The parts of the body are in balanced proportion. The nose is straight. The ears are upright. The coat is soft with short to medium hair. Any color or combination is acceptable, though silver agouti (roan) is considered a moderate fault. The main colors are black, chocolate and gold. Random white markings are common, as are spots and other color combinations such as red, white, gold and black.
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Nigerian dwarf goats are typically raised for milk production. A doe, or female goat, can produce up to 2 quarts a day. The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy considers them a rare breed.
The Nigerian dwarf goats are gentle and easily trainable. Their small size also makes them excellent “visitor” animals for nursing homes and hospitals.
They breed easily. Many breeders breed their does three times in two years. They reach sexual maturity at a young age. Males have been known to breed and be fertile as young as 7 weeks of age. Does can be bred at 7 to 8 months of age if they have reached a good size.