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Nigerian Dwarf Goat

Nigerian Dwarf Goat
Capra hircus

Family:

Bovidae, the cow and gazelle family.

Conservation Status:

Domestic goat breed.

Distribution:

Originated in West Africa but is now domesticated worldwide.

Habitat:

Wooded pastures and domestic farmland.

Factoid:

Nigerian dwarf goats are popular as pets and family milkers due to their easy maintenance and small stature.

Nigerian dwarf goats are a West-African breed that has been domesticated and is now found worldwide. They come in a variety of colors and color combinations in black, white, chocolate, red, and gold.  Their nose is fairly straight with upright ears and a short to medium length coat.  Nigerian dwarf goats stand anywhere from one to two feet tall at the shoulder and can weigh 60-80 pounds.

Nigerian dwarf goats are a dairy goat that can produce a large amount of milk for their size. On average they produce two and a half pounds of milk per day during their lactation period.

Female goats are fertile year round and can have one to six kids, two being the usual, number. Kids are approximately two pounds at birth and grow very quickly.

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