What would be an easy beginner goat breed for a total newbie?

Duck Keeper

Songster
10 Years
Mar 18, 2009
868
16
141
Out in the Boonies
Preferrably not a hair breed, or a super chunky meat breed, or a high producing milk maker. xD

Now I'm thinking of a cross breed or something
 

Laskaland

ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn
11 Years
Aug 2, 2008
1,881
4
169
Nebraska
pygmy goats. small. don't need milking. don't need brushing or shearing or clipping. don't need much and have nice attitudes. I have a Fainter cross Wether and he is pretty cool too.
Good Luck
 

Chirpy

Balderdash
12 Years
May 24, 2007
3,788
25
221
Colorado
Do you want to do anything with your goats? It sounds like you are looking for just pets? If that's correct then I'd agree with the above people - get a pygmy or Nigi (if you get boys). Specifically get two wethers. You need to always have at least two goats to keep each other company - they are very social.
 

Duck Keeper

Songster
10 Years
Mar 18, 2009
868
16
141
Out in the Boonies
Sounds good.


I'll look into these breeds for a while, then maybe someday I'll be able to get a couple! I think using them in a cart would be cool, if somehow I could make my own or something.

Thanks for your advice!
 

Goattalker

Songster
10 Years
Mar 19, 2009
162
2
109
Where are you going to keep your goats? Pygmys and Nigis are great, but if as your signature says you live "Out in the boonies" those little goats are coyote caviar, and you will need to lock them in a barn from dusk till dawn, and construct an awful good fence. Maybe something like a Spanish goat would work for you, they are very hardy, parasite resistant, and if their horns are left on, they can be some what self protecting.
 

Chirpy

Balderdash
12 Years
May 24, 2007
3,788
25
221
Colorado
Also, if you are wanting to use a goat as a cart or pack goat you will want a large size breed wether, NOT a small breed. Alpine's make great cart/pack goats. Don't get a Nubian for that .... they are notoriously not good in those areas.
 

Duck Keeper

Songster
10 Years
Mar 18, 2009
868
16
141
Out in the Boonies
I leafed through a book about goats, and I liked the Alpines and Spanish!


I was thinking of leaving horns on just because it looked cool, but if it actually serves a purpose, that's even better.
 

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom