Passport to
Adventure Download Zoo App


Nigerian Dwarf Goats


A short stocky goat breed, Nigerian dwarf goats resemble miniaturized dairy goats with slender bodies. They have short, straight horns, which are often removed by owners for safety reasons. The nose is straight and the ears uptight and forward. The hair is short to medium and soft, with a variety of color patterns possible. Usually, Nigerian dwarf goats are black, white, chocolate, red or gold. White splotching and spots are common as well.


Nigerian Dwarf goats are gentle and easily trainable. This, along with their small size and colorful appearance, makes them popular as pets. Some breeders bottle-feed kids, which makes them more bonded with humans. Others prefer to let their mothers raise them naturally, finding bottle-fed kids to be overly clingy. With either method, they can be very friendly (but also very mean) and can easily be trained to walk on a leash and some enjoy coming into the house with their owners. Adult goats should not live in the house, however, because as ruminants, they need to spend a large part of the day eating hay, pasture, or browse.


In the wild
Though they prefer wooded pastures, this species can be found living in many different habitats in association with people.


Nigerian dwarf goats eat a wide variety of grasses, grains and other high-quality forage.

Did you know...

all animal facts
.. Turtles do not have teeth , but a sharp beak , which they tear their food - Reptiles
.. Iguanas, koalas and komodo dragons all have two penises! - Amphibians, Mammals, Reptiles
.. Spider monkeys are smart! Their brain weights 107 grams and is twice the size of the howler monkey, which is about the same size - Mammals
.. The scales on the carapace are called scutes - Reptiles
.. There are four species of tapir - Mammals
.. Male rabbits are called “bucks,” females are “does” - Mammals
.. The parakeet is the most commonly kept bird in the world! - Birds
.. A tarantula spider can survive for more than two years without food - Insects
.. Animals with smaller bodies and faster metabolism see in slow motion -
.. Red-handed Tamarin Monkeys live in groups of 4 to 15 members with little competition among a group even between breeding males - Mammals
.. Oysters can change gender depending on which is best for mating - Fishes, Invertebrates
.. The largest chicken egg weighed nearly 12 ounces - Birds