Pygmy goats are kept as pets rather than as dairy breeds. They are small, engaging and lots of fun but should not be kept alone as they are herding animals that need the company of others.


Pygmy goats do not need a huge amount of space and can be happily kept in a moderate-sized garden. They require a waterproof shed and a run, which should be created from fencing at least 1.2m (4’) high or they could jump out.
Goats should be fed specialist feed twice a day but should not be overfed as goats are notorious for eating anything and everything put in front of them with no regard for their weight! They should also be given hay and clean drinking water and, now and again, fresh fruit and vegetables. A mineral block should also be provided.

Pygmy goats are generally hardy creatures that suffer very little from health problems, however, it is important to regular trim their hooves. They should also be vaccinate and regularly wormed.

Choosing your Goats

The best option for pet goats is either two castrated males or two females. Buy from a reputable breeder or you may find that the kids you bring home are actually crossbreeds that grow into bigger goats than you had anticipated.

Remember too, that goats are a long-term commitment with an average lifespan of 14 years.

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