Saturday, March 31, 2012

Do Pygmy Goats Make Good Pets?

by: Imogen Reed

Despite originating from Cameroon, pygmy goats can be found and bought by dedicated suppliers elsewhere, including us here at Amber Waves. Unlike other pets that are considered ‘exotic’ you won’t have to book yourself onto Caribbean cruises or travel all the way to Africa to choose your new pet. However, there are many critics who would suggest that pygmy goats don’t make good pets and if you’re considering one as a pet we want to ensure you know exactly how great they can be as your new pet and friend.

Due to their small size and stature pygmy goats are generally bred as pets rather than for their milk or meat. This means they are purposefully bred and nurtured to become great pets and below is a closer look at some of the reasons why they’re so great.

Clean and Tidy
As pygmy goats are vegetarian on the whole, their droppings are not the stinky mess you usually expect from a pet. They don’t have the same awful odour as standard manure and are in small hard pellets making them easy to sweep or rake up. They’re even great for using at fertiliser. Secondly, pygmy goats prefer to stay clean, dry and where possible warm and therefore seek out clean and try places to rest and play. An unneutered male may have a strong unpleasant scent due to their hormonal activities but once castrated, the odour leaves and females never have a strong odour at all.

Safe and Sound
Pygmy goats are an extremely playful and energetic species but they’re not aggressive. They are equipped only with lower teeth, which means even if they did bite it wouldn’t be harmful like a dog or cat bite. In fact, there is no documented evidence of any serious injury ever being caused by a pygmy goat. What’s more, pygmy goats are not considered prime carriers for rabies or any other disease transferrable to humans and the only diseases they can contract are species specific or unique to that particular animal.

Silence is Golden
You very rarely find a noisy pygmy goat! They occasionally ‘baa’ or bleat when they first see someone but your pygmy won’t have your neighbours up at 3am howling at the moon like your dog might. When it comes to night time, pygmies prefer to curl up and relax.

Pygmy goats are considered territorial but due to their complete lack of aggression it’s not something to worry about. They love routine and once they learn their territory they’re very unlikely to attempt to escape. A backyard with a strong fence is more than adequate enough to keep pygmy happy.
Residential Zoning
Of course, the majority of residential areas have zoning restrictions on agricultural livestock but will allow the keeping of a pygmy goat if you can prove they are not being kept for agricultural purposes. This means you are not using the goat’s meat, milk production, commercially breeding your pygmy or using its wool. If you can say yes to all of these and prove it, then you’ll have no problem keeping your new pet in your residential area. It also makes sense to neuter your male goat as it removes the objectionable smell and also evidences the fact that you don’t use them for reproductive purposes.

Spacious Surroundings
A pygmy goat never tends to reach over 86lb in weight and 58cm in height so realistically they don’t need fields and fields of space. As mentioned, your well secured back yard should be more than enough space for your goat to live happily. Pygmy goats don’t tend to graze and so you won’t need to worry about your luscious green lawn being destroyed. In fact, pygmies are more likely to chew on weeds and unwanted flora than your favourite plants and can certainly save you money on weed killer.

Pygmy goats are lovable fun loving creatures who like nothing more than running around in the sunshine and then having a little sunbathe. As the above highlights, they’re relatively low maintenance but still a little bit different from your average pet and are a great option for families. With a little bit of effort and  time researching, you’ll soon see that pygmy goats make fantastic pets and there’s no need to listen to anyone who says otherwise. 


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