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breed do you want?
As far a what breed of goat is best for a pet, I personally
recommend LaManchas. This is the breed we raise. We have tried Nubians
and Oberhaslis, but settled on LaManchas. (For more info about all
the various goat breeds, click
here). Many people are unfamiliar with the LaManchs breed. LaMancha have a wonder temperament and are
very friendly, trainable, loving and easy to handle. I think
some people automatically suggest Pygmies as pets because they
are well known and smaller. The LaMancha is a medium sized breed,
not small like the Pygmy, but their temperament is much better.
LaManchas are also naturally very healthy and hardy, which is
nice for first time goat owners. Many people like Nubians for
their long ears and roman noses, but interestingly this breed
is the least naturally healthy of the dairy breeds, so you may
want to take that into consideration. Nubians have what I call
a "proud" temperament.
Of course I am a little bias in favor of LaManchas <smile>. Look
over the Breed page and this will help you
choose the breed that is right for you. Remember that just because
some breeds are dairy goats does not mean the you have to milk them.
You can keep a dairy goat as a pet and never end up having to milk
them. Though, it is nice to have a loving companion that will happily
supply you with nutritious raw milk if you need it, thus freeing
you from having to buy factory farmed milk from the grocery store.
matter what breed you choose, make sure you start with friendly,
healthy goats. You really can't go wrong with whatever breed you
decide on as long as they start out friendly and healthy.
Which sex to you want?
Wether (neutered male):
If all you want is a pet and do not care about getting milk, you want a wether.
Wethers also never develop a smell or get aggressive. They will stay "kid
like" their whole lives. They will learn their names and come when called.
They will be very loving and affectionate. The nice thing about wethers, is
that they are cheaper than does or bucks, so buying two wethers is still less
expensive than buying just one doe. Also, wethers eat less grain than does
If you want milk as well as companionship, you should get a doe.
They will learn their names and may come when called.
If you are a first time goat buyer, You DO NOT want a buck under
any circumstances (read
this page).You do not need a buck unless you already have at
least 6 does and you can provide the buck with separate living quarters
and a companion (wether or another buck- not a doe).
How many goats should you get?
goats are herd animals you should not get just one goat,
they need a
companion. A single goat will be very unhappy so you should
start with at least two.
What about horns?
also DO NOT want horns. Even if the goat is nice and friendly, if
they have horns, you risk injury. Please trust me on this (read
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