This is Butterscotch leading her "herd" in a romp around the ranch
THE PYGMY BREED
Pygmy goats originated in the Cameroon Valley of West Africa. They were imported into the US from European zoos in the 1950s for use in zoos as well as scientific research animals. They were eventually acquired by private breeders and quickly gained popularity as pets and exhibition animals due to their good-natured personalities, friendliness and hardy constitution. Today, they are a common sight as house pets and in petting zoos. Does generally weigh approximately 25-45 lbs., and bucks from 40-60 lbs. Wither height ranges from 16-23 in. Their color can range from white caramel, medium caramel, dark caramel, dark (red) caramel, silver-light grey agouti, medium grey agouti, dark grey agouti, black with frosted points, solid black and brown agouti.
THE NIGERIAN DWARF BREED
The Nigerian Dwarf goat is a mini dairy goat breed, of West African ancestry, originally brought to the US on ships as food for large cats such as lions. The survivors originally lived in zoos. Nigerian Dwarf goats are popular as hobby goats due to their easy maintenance and small stature. Nigerian Dwarf goats give a surprising quantity of milk for their size. Their production ranges from 1 to 8 pounds of milk per day, with an average of 2.5 pounds per day. Since Nigerians breed year-round, it is easy to stagger freshenings (births) in a herd so that the entire herd is never dry. So they are ideal milk goats for most families. Their milk has a high butterfat content with a sweet flavor which makes it excellent for cheese and soap making. Nigerian Dwarf goats are gentle and can be easily trained. This, along with their small size and colorful appearance, makes them popular pets. They come in many colors, some have blue eyes which is a dominant trait in goats.