The Nigerian Dwarf is a miniature goat of West African origin. It is simply a smaller dairy goat. They are very similar in conformation to a larger, standard, dairy goat in a small package. They can come in a wide range of colors and coat patterns and is one of the reasons they are so much fun. Every kid born is a surprise.
Nigerian Dwarfs should have a straight nose. Their coat is soft and short to medium in length. Any color combination is acceptable. They should have upright ears. Their ideal weight should be right around 75 pounds. For a doe the height should ideally be 17 to 19 inches and never taller than 22.6 inches tall. For a buck the height should ideally be 19 to 20 inches but never taller than 23.6 inches.
Nigerian Dwarfs are very gentle and easy to love. They make great mothers and care well for their kids. A doe can be bred around seven months of age if she is at a healthy weight. A buck kid is fertile at seven weeks of age so separating them at this time is important. It is common for a doe to have three to four kids per kidding. Sometimes even five or six.
Nigerian Dwarfs can produce a surprising amount of milk. Their milk is very delicious with a high amount of butter fat. Due to the fact they can be bred year round, with a couple of does, it is easy to stager breeding to have milk all year round.