There are several advantages to raising miniature goats. Not only do they make excellent pets, as they tend to be intelligent and personable, but miniature goats also take up less space and require relatively less feed than their larger counterparts.
Miniature goats are great for breeders looking to raise them on their homestead without worrying too much about the cost of farming and other related expenses. It is worth noting that small goats produce milk at a much lower rate than their larger counterparts, but the dairy produced generally has higher amounts of fat, giving it a much sweeter taste.
List of Small Goat Breeds
Here is a list of mini goat breeds arranged by height. We have also included crosses between different breeds that have resulted in miniature goats.
|Average Height (in inches)
|Average Weight (in lbs)
|Companions and pets
|Dairy, also as pets
|Dual-purpose for milk and fiber
|Miniature Silky Fainting
|Dairy, mainly used in ice cream
|Dairy, used in cheese and yogurt
|Meat, milk, and hide
Raising Miniature Goats
There are several things to keep in mind when rearing miniature goats.
a) Long Lifespans – On average, these goats live for over a decade. So, keeping them as a pet is a long commitment.
b) Space – Ensure that each goat in your herd has about 15-20 square feet to frolic about. This will reduce any tendency the goats might have to escape.
c) Diet – While there are widespread beliefs about goats being able to eat anything, they will have issues if they ingest plants that contain toxins. It is essential to make sure that they are well-fed so that they aren’t tempted to eat any plant they lay their eyes on.
The best fences for miniature goats must be made out of wire mesh with tiny openings, as goats are pretty intelligent and are known for escaping often. While the barriers can be electrified, it isn’t strictly necessary.
Yes, it is possible to use a machine to milk a tiny goat.