How to Purchase Your First Pygmy Goats
If you wish to have an adorable, family friendly pet in your home, pygmy goats are the perfect choice. These gentle, friendly animals don’t take up a lot space and are great with children. Your life will become much more fulfilled with the presence of these animals in your home. If you’re someone who has never purchased a pygmy goat before, then there are several things you will want to look out for when purchasing a goat. You will want to buy a healthy goat from a reputable breeder. But for pygmy goat novices, it may not be easy to tell which breeders are reputable and what a healthy goat looks like. When you are going to buy your first pygmy goat, here are several things to pay attention to:
First and foremost, the most important thing to consider when buying goats is the goat’s health. Even if you are not an expert on the health of pygmy goats, there are certain visual signs by which you can tell whether the goat is healthy or not. If the goat is overly thin, has a runny nose, a shaggy coat, runny eyes, or hoof rot, it is most likely not in the best of health. All of the previously mentioned symptoms may be signs of parasites and respiratory problems. However, there are more signs that aren’t evident on the surface. Some goats may have diseases that have symptoms that aren’t visually evident, which ties into the next aspect of buying a goat, a reputable breeder.
Reputable breeders will test goats for diseases such as Johne’s disease, Caprine arthritis encephalitis, and Caseous Lymphadenitis, amongst others. Reputable breeders regularly test goats for diseases to ensure of the goat’s health. Purchasing a goat from a reputable breeder and a not so reputable breeder makes all the difference in whether you will have a happy, long living goat. When looking at goats a breeder, ask if the goats have been tested for these diseases. If the goats are under six months old, ask if the parents have been tested negatively. Some breeders have perfectly healthy goats and don’t test for disease. If that is the case, offer to pay for the testing. The breeder should agree if the breeder is reputable. Also, the pygmy goats of a reputable breeder will appear healthy and happy, and live in a safe, functioning environment.
If you wish to find a good breeder, consider Amber Waves. They have been a leader in pygmy goat breeding for over 30 years, and treat their goats with care and respect. AmberWaves produces goats not only for the purpose of keeping as pets, but for show and breeding purposes. They ship goats both nationally and internationally. All of their goats are test for CAE, CL and Johne’s disease, and they are de-horned and de-wormed. For some of the healthiest goats in the country, they are the breeder to trust.