A goat? You say you want a goat as a pet?? Maybe you meant to say a cat or a dog? Or, on the more exotic level, a corn snake or a sugar glider? No A goat….Now let’s think over for a minute :
The common domesticated goat comes in lots of sizes and colors, which helps categorize them into breeds. Each breed has been developed especially for specific purposes. Dairy goat breeds give lots of milk. Meat goat breeds are primarily for meat. Fiber breeds are for fiber. Specialty breeds have other uses specific to each breed. Purebred goats are goats that may be registered with one of several of the Herd Registries, based on the particular breed of the animal. Crossbred goats are simply, one breed of goat bred to another breed of goat, so they are not considered purebred.
So What Breed of Goat Did you Say You Wanted? Will It Be A purebred animal or will it be a crossbred? What “job” or “purpose” will your goat have, if anything other than a pet?
Now that you have selected the right breed, you should next consider if you will get a male or a female goat. A female goat is called a doe, if it is a youngster it can be referred to as a doeling. A male goat is called a buck or a buckling. A buck that has been “fixed” is called a wether. So What should you get? A doe or doeling, could potentially, have babies some day, if she was “exposed” to an intact buck. A buck left intact can become rather “smelly”, if he were ever to encounter a “willing” female. So maybe a wether for you?
So male or female…intact or “fixed”? You better have a pencil and make a list.
You have selected the breed of your goat and have made the choice between male and female; Now what age?
I’ll bet you like baby goats. They are so cute and friendly, how could you go wrong? Baby goats need to be fed with a bottle, several times a day. A baby goat doesn’t naturally know How to drink from a bottle and must be taught to accept the it, sometimes under extreme duress. They are prone to sickness and are extremely fragile until they are a few months old. So maybe a kid isn’t the way to go? Ok an adult goat. An adult goat that is used to being handled by people.
Now we are getting somewhere. We have the breed, the sex, and the age of the goat figured out, Right? Now off to the farm to find Our New Goat. Maybe not quite yet…Stay Tuned for the next chapter in which we will look at more of the Finer points to owning a Pet Goat.