The Nigerian Dwarf Breed has been developed in the USA from West African 20th century imports as a miniature milking breed. The coat can be any colour or pattern , eyes can be blue, brown or gold, ears are erect and face is dished.
The Nigerian Dwarf is suitable as pets or as a milking animal for smaller lifestyle blocks, or crossed with a commercial dairy goat breed for commercial farmers will increase milk solids and ensure safe kidding for young does.. These goats are gentle, lively, and affectionate with great personality. The maximum mature wither height for purebred males is 60cm.and females 57cm. Despite the "Dwarf" name the goats are an in proportion and a miniature version of a full sized dairy goat. .The Pygmy breed developed in the UK are their West African cousins
In the USA Nigerian Dwarfs are all purebred with a closed herdbook. US genetic material cannot be directly imported into NZ. In Australia Nigerian Dwarfs have been bred from imported US purebred semen
Over the last 4 years our breeders have been breeding Australian imported Nigerian Dwarf bucks to NZ standard height dairy goats and some smaller breed goats as our foundation stock. Our NZ bred Nigerian Dwarfs are known as grade or appendix animals. In future years as we continue with our breeding program purebred NZ Nigerian Dwarfs will become available.
Nigerian Dwarf does and bucks can be registered with the NZ Dairy Goat Breeders Association(NZDGBA). Registration entitles members to pedigree documents and to exhibit and compete your Nigerian Dwarfs at NZ A&P shows.
All Nigerian Dwarfs bred by members of our association will be microchipped. Breeding does and bucks registered with the NZDGBA will also be DNA tested to establish their identity and confirm the identity of their parents and accuracy of their pedigree. The detailed Nigerian Dwarf Breed Standard is included in our downloads.
Nigerian Dwarfs are bred as miniature milking goats. You can expect a Dwarf goat to milk approx. ½ the quantity of a full sized dairy goat appropriate to their relative sizes. Solids levels percentages are expected to 1.5 to 2 times that of an full sized dairy goats. Exact quantities depend on the age, dwarf genetic content, number of lactations, date of kidding and food quantity and quality available.