You might have read some of my ramblings here about how I'm planning to get two goats in a few months when my husband gets my goat housing built. At first I planned to get two pygmys, but then.... I read a little about Nigerian dwarfs, and started contemplating them instead... So I just don't know, and I know there are some knowledgeable goat people here so I thought I'd ask for your input. My primary objective in getting the goats at this time is for pets. I love the dwarf breeds for the cuteness factor. On looks alone, I also love the long-eared larger goats breeds like Boers and Nubians. We have 18 acres but it is wooded and hilly (oak/hickory forest) and not all fenced, so we're going to fence half an acre for the goats. For practical purposes (cost of fencing and feed) it makes more sense to get a mini breed. I anticipate that I will eventually want to have more goats and could potentially see myself wanting to milk a doe or two to make cheese and yogurt or help my daughter get involved w/4H showing. (She will be 5 next year and is waaaaay into animals and what she calls "doing our farm work.") So, what do you think? Any advice? Also, any recomendations on breeders in Missouri?