Appearance: Nigerian dwarf goats are small in size and vary widely in coloration and patterns making them a popular farm animal.
Behavior: The Nigerian dwarf goat is a miniature dairy breed of West African ancestry. They were selected as companions and show animals with emphasis on the breed’s graceful appearance and gentle disposition.
History: Nigerian dwarf goats are popular as hobby goats due to their easy maintenance and small stature. The production qualities of the breed have also attracted great attention. Females, known as does, are capable of producing one to two quarts of milk per day for up to ten months. The milk is high in butterfat and makes excellent cheese and butter. Originally, they were brought to the United States on ships as food for large cats and the survivors lived in zoos.
Range: Domestic Nigerian dwarf goats are found throughout the world but are native to West Africa.
Diet: Often called “weed-eaters,” these goats are experts at clearing overgrown and unwanted vegetation.
Date of Birth: February 16, 2014
Roddy was born on a farm in Asheville, North Carolina and came to the WNC Nature Center in June 2014. Roddy is small and lighter colored.