The Nigerian Dwarf is a miniature breed of dairy goat. They were originally imported from West Africa in the mid 70’s and have been listed as a rare breed with the American Minor Breeds Conservancy. The American Goat Society has registered almost 25,000. As the breed becomes known, it is rapidly gaining in popularity. Nigerian Dwarfs are seen as the perfect ‘Family Milker’ due to their small size. Maximum height for does is 22 12″, bucks 23 1/2″. They are easy for anyone to handle, young and old alike. They produce a reasonable amount of milk for today’s sized families; about one quart per milking. This milk is known to be rich and delicious. And at the smaller size, they require less space and can be housed in smaller yards and sheds (even a large dog house) than their larger goat cousins. They are very friendly and personable, making excellent pets as well. They have the delicate, refined proportions of the larger dairy breeds, and come in an infinite range of patterns and colors, making them quite aesthetically pleasing.
As you can see from the photos on the right, the Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goat breed has been refined over the years to represent the best of the dairy goat. We are proud to have contributed to that refinement and productivity though the development of our own Rosaharn herd.
Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats:
Then and Now