How many pet goats should I keep?
Goats are herd animals and need the company of at least one other goat to be happy and healthy. How many goats you keep will depend on your property size, how much time you can devote to your cloven hoofed buddies.
Will my council allow me to keep pet goats?
Most councils in Australia allow you to have pet goats provided you register your property with the state government and have sufficient space to keep them happy and healthy. Check with your local council to be certain of your area’s rules before you go ahead with your pet goat plans.
The most popular goat breeds to keep as pets are :
The Australian Miniature Goat Breed
The Pygmy Goat Breed
The Nigerian Dwarf Goat
Minature Anglo Nubian Goat
All of these goat breeds are small in stature and easy to maintain for Pets and Hobby breeds
What is the difference between bucks, does and wethers?
How much care does a pet goat require?
Goat grooming depends on their coat type. Miniature goats can come in varieties such as Sheltie, Short and Full Cashmere, Angora or Short coat types. Goats with short coats require little to no grooming, but those with long coats require weekly brushing. All goats require regular hoof trimming just like you would trim a dog or cat claws.
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As a general rule, goats do well eating a simple diet of oaten chaff, a goat blend or pasture hay. They also enjoy kitchen scraps of carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato but these foods should be given in moderation and only a few times per week. They also love sultanas and these make excellent treats and are great motivation when training.