About The Breed
Australian Miniature Goat
Origin: The Australian Miniature Goat is an Australian breed established in 2000 exclusively for pets. The breed was originally developed by pairing carefully selected smaller stature animals of excellent type from purebred and cross bred full sized goats with small Australian bush goats to ensure hardiness of animals. Purebred goats that continued to meet height requirements graded up with some breeders preferring to try to breed smaller more breed specific types.
Temperaments: Gentle and loveable, easily trainable. They are gregarious, friendly with a calm and playful nature.
Uses: Predominately a pet breed. For families looking for backyard milking pets a well-bred miniature female can produce enough milk for the family each day some of which can be used to make cheese, yogurt and even soap. Miniature goats with Cashmere coats can be shaved and the fleece can be spun and used to make small garments or used in art and craft. Goat manure is very high in nitrogen, and is great for the garden. Miniature Goats make great companion animals and can be kept with horses, cattle, sheep, alpacas and many more species. Miniature Goats run on land that is often steep or not accessible to larger animals and they are often used to control weeds and over grown bush land.
Suitability: The Australian Miniature Goat has an impeccable temperament making the breed suitable for pets for young and old alike.
Size: While the breed is still under development, with breeders continuing to work on both refinement of type and reduction of height an MGBA registered Australian Miniature Goat has a maximum height allowance of 63.5cm. Purebred adults 57cm for does and 60 cm for bucks.
Lifespan: 10–15 years
Origin: Pygmy goats seen in America originated in the Cameroon Valley of West Africa and are also known as Cameroon Dwarf Goat. They were exported from Africa to zoo's around the world and later arrived in America in the1950's from Sweden listed as an "Exotic" animal to a private family the "Rhue's". They quickly became the talk of the times and the public fell in love with these cute little goats. The first offspring were shared with zoos and documented to be sold to medical and science researchers as well as some private sales to wealthy enthusiasts. The Pygmy Goat is now bred by many studs today around the world with two distinct Pygmy breeds the American Pygmy and the African Pygmy being the more common ones. Within these breeds there is the original Pygmy Goat and a newer revised concept of what the breed should look like some breeders are working towards. http://kinne.net/styles.htm. Pygmy Goats have been kept for meat and milk as well as pets.
Previous to 2013, Australia has not been able to import the genetics but through the hard work and tenacity of Paul Hamilton, the American Pygmy genetics has been successfully imported via semen. The MGBA has with the approval of members, made the alterations necessary for Semen to be used in genetic recovery programs with existing breeds in Australia.
Temperaments: Unique Friendly personalities with an active nature.
Uses: Predominately a pet breed. They make great pets for all ages from the elderly to the very young. Each goat has a different personality which makes them a great pet. Goat manure is very high in nitrogen, and is great for the garden. Pygmy Goats make great companion animals and can be kept with horses, cattle, sheep, alpacas and many more species. Miniature Goats run on land that is often steep or not accessible to larger animals and they are often used to control weeds and over grown bush land. Pygmy Goats can be milked. Goats milk is a natural alternative to cow milk and can comfortably be consumed by many people who suffer from cow milk allergies or sensitivity.
Suitability: The Pygmy Goat has an beautiful temperament making the breed suitable for pets for young and old alike.
Life span: 10–15 years
Reference: Miniature goat breeders association website: http://www.miniaturegoatbreedersassociation.com.au