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Pygmy

Pygmy Goats have developed from the interbreeding of wild goats found in Africa and were originally called the Cameroon Dwarf Goat. It is thought that they were first domesticated in 7,000 B.C.

A head shot of a lovely pygmy goat that are in the petting pens

A head shot of a lovely pygmy goat that are in the petting pens

They were brought to Britain in the 19th century as an exotic zoo animal. Although not rare, the numbers are low, particularly since the foot and mouth crisis. Pygmy Goats have a natural ability to climb and they are sometimes called African Tree Goats.

A naughty goat kid using its Mum as a climbing frame!

A naughty goat kid using its Mum as a climbing frame!

Pygmys are a small breed of goat that come in a variety of colours and are horned. They have a barrel shaped body and short neck and legs. They are an intelligent and friendly little goat that is easily handled. Their normal height is 16″ – 23″. A Pygmy nanny can produce 1 – 4 kids.