The Nigerian dwarf goat is a little dairy goat breed; it's origins beginning in West Africa. The original goats were brought from Africa as sustenance for caught carnivores being transported to zoos; the survivors were then kept and cared for in herds at those zoos. Nigerian dwarf goats are well known as pets and family milkers because of the ease of management and their diminutive stature. The milk from Nigerian Dwarf goat is known for its high butterfat content, making it very desirable and useful in making cheese. Nigerian dwarf goats are registered by the American Dairy Goat Association, the Nigerian Dwarf Goat Association the American Goat Society.
The height standard varies slightly between the Goat Associations. Generally the height at the withers should be below 23" and ideally less than 20" depending on if it's a buck or a doe.
The color traits can vary radically from white to black with virtually everything in-between, along with spots and a multitude of combinations and variations. The Goat Associations have stricter guidelines for color acceptance and conformation and should be referenced if one intends to show their Nigerian Dwarf goats.
Their behavioral tendencies make them great pets. They're gentle, trainable and are very friendly. Socialization is important and bottle feeding can help your goat bond with humans. As with all pets the more positive interaction with humans the better behaved they will be. They also can be trained to walk on a leash and dwell comfortably in one's residence, however because they are ruminants, being outdoors is preferrable and necessary.