Pygmy goats are renowned for their gentle nature and versatility. These little goats are actually a dual-purpose breed with the main focus on meat but are also commonly used as pets.
Perhaps because they are commonly kept as pets, we get a lot of questions about Pygmy goats, so we put together this mini-FAQ:
How Big Does A Pygmy Goat Get?
American Pygmy goats top out at about 23 inches at the withers. The withers is the spot at the top of the shoulders, between the shoulder blades. Bucks (males) can get to 85 pounds, while does (females) don't usually get over 75 pounds.
African Pygmy goats are smaller, usually no more than 20 inches at the withers. Bucks max out at around 60 pounds, and females at about 50 pounds.
Are Pygmy Goats Good Pets?
Yes! Pygmy goats are amazing pets, as they are social, friendly, and trainable. There is one potential drawback to having a Pygmy goat as a pet which is our next question...
Are Pygmy Goats Loud?
Yes! They actually like to yell at each other, and at you. Check it out:
When you interact with a Pygmy goat you will soon find out why these little goats have worked their way into the pet category. Once you decide to buy one, they become like potato chips, you can’t have just one.
This guide will help you fuel your new Pygmy Goat addiction by showing you how to find Pygmy Goats for sale near you.
Pygmy Goat Breeders in All 50 US States
Click your state in the list below to be taken to a page with a current list of Pygmy goat breeders in your state:
Where to Look for Pygmy Goats for Sale
There are many places you can look in your search for a Pygmy Goat. It is possible to find a Pygmy Goat on the internet, at a show, at an auction, or at a nearby farm. All of these places are viable sources to look in your search for the right Pygmy Goat for you. The hard part is filtering through the sources to find the right place to get your Pygmy Goat from.
One of the best places to go for a Pygmy Goat is a breeder farm near you. The reason being, is that the breeder is invested in the breed and can help you as you raise your Pygmy Goats.
To find a Pygmy Goat Breeder you can do an internet or Facebook search and one may pop up near you. Or you can look on your local Pygmy Goat association website to see the farms that are listed there. If that doesn’t work, you can go to local goat shows and talk with the people showing Pygmy Goats to find out if they breed them and where they got their Pygmy Goats from.
To find a directory of breeders’ farms, scroll down this page a bit and we have a map of all 50 US states – you can click on your state and see a list of all Pygmy goat breeders in your state.
There are many Facebook groups that have been created with the specific purpose to help people find Pygmy Goats.
Since Facebook has banned the sale of animals, you will have to ask the owner for the cost of their Pygmy Goats.
Other information may not be included in the post as well to avoid the Facebook algorithm from deleting the post. So, do not be afraid to message people about their Pygmy Goats on Facebook to find out all the information you need.
Here is a list of some of the Pygmy Goat Facebook groups you can use to find a Pygmy Goat:
How Much Does It Cost to Buy a Pygmy Goat?
Pygmy Goats are super cute and can be very affordable.
For your average Pygmy Goat wether kid you will pay around $100, a buck kid will be around $250, a doe kid will be around $200, an adult wether will be around $200, an adult doe will be around $300, and an adult buck will be around $500.
There may be some variance in your area depending on the quality of the Pygmy Goat, how strong the market is, and the time of year. Whatever the case, you will become your own personal “Pygmy Goat blue book” as you shop for Pygmy Goats.
Factors That Determine the Cost of a Pygmy Goat
There are many factors that determine the cost of everything, and Pygmy Goats are not excluded:
- 1One of the main factors that determine Pygmy Goat price is the quality of the goat. If the goat is registered with champion lines it will be worth a lot more than one that is grade with unknown lines.
- 2Another factor that will determine price is the market. When there is a high demand for Pygmy Goats their price will go up, just like with anything else.
- 3Another factor is the age of the goat. Young adult goats are going to be your most expensive age to buy on average with your kids coming behind and old goats bringing up the rear.
- 4Finally, the health of the goat is going to be a huge factor in the value of a Pygmy Goat. A sick goat, for example, is not going to sell for nearly as much as a healthy Pygmy Goat.
How to Buy a Pygmy Goat – Important Things to Looks for
There are many things you should look for when buying a Pygmy Goat.
When buying any Pygmy Goat, you will want to make sure that it is in good health. This will help you protect your other goats and lower the chance for needed vet visits and heartache. You will also want to talk with the person selling the Pygmy Goat to hear its history as far as health, breeding, and human interaction to determine if it’s the right fit for you.
Another thing you will want to look at is its temperament. For example, a docile Pygmy Goat is a lot easier to handle than a wild Pygmy Goat. Some people are fine with a wild Pygmy Goat, but it is not recommended to have a wild Pygmy Goat if you want kids handling it.
If you are buying a Pygmy Goat for a pet you will not need to look for as many things compared to when you are buying one to breed or show. On the other hand, when buying a Pygmy Goat for show or breeding you will want to make sure that it conforms to the National Pygmy Goat Association Breed Standard.
There are many things in the breed standard that will help you identify which Pygmy Goats will best fit for you. Buying Pygmy Goats that conform to the breed standard will help you be able to be a true contender at shows as well as producing quality Pygmy Goats.
Other Websites to Learn About Pygmy Goats
Learning more about Pygmy Goats will help you make more informed decisions about buying one for yourself. Researching Pygmy Goats can also help you as you move forward with breeding and showing your own Pygmy Goats.
There are many educational websites that you can use to learn more about Pygmy Goats. Here is a list of websites about Pygmy Goats that you can use to learn more about the Pygmy Goat breed:
Finding a Pygmy Goat should not be difficult. There are multiple resources you can use to find Pygmy Goats throughout the United States.
The true key to finding a Pygmy Goat is to be willing to talk with people in a respectful way. Owners of Pygmy Goats all got their Pygmy Goats from somewhere and sometimes they are the best place to start.
From there you can move on to breeders in your area. If you want to branch out from there you can also check out Facebook groups that are particular to your area that you are shopping in.
Another trick to finding a Pygmy Goat is to attend local shows near you. This will help you connect with people who breed Pygmy Goats or know people who do.
At the end of the day, these adorably affordable goats are definitely worth looking for. The key to buying one is to be a respectful communicator in your search.