|1. Zoning -Are you zoned for livestock?
Pygmy goats are considered “large animal”
livestock and you must have county zoning
to keep them on your property.
|Before deciding to buy a
pygmy goat, there are a few
things a potential buyer
needs to think about.
|So you think you want a pygmy goat...
|2. Commitment – pygmy goats can live
into their teens. They are herd animals and
bond strongly with their owners, other pets,
and of course, goats. They need proper
feed and veterinary care. They may not be
easy to rehome once they are past the cute
Velvet (on left) and Cherish (middle) are
both over 8 years old. Both ladies have
some arthritis and move a little more slowly,
but they are definitely still herd queens!
|3. Housing & Safety -- Goats are prey
animals and must be housed securely to
keep any predators out. While, coyotes
are common in San Diego County, and
may snatch young kids, they usually leave
the older goats alone.
The biggest threat to pygmy goats is
domestic dogs – your dogs, the neighbor
dogs. They can and will attack your
goats. Even, if the dogs are “good dogs,”
they will often chase the goats and hurt
them. The dog may be “playing,” but the
goat doesn’t know that! A dog can run a
goat to death. Or the goat can hurt itself
trying to escape or jump through a fence.
|Pygmy goats need proper
housing. They need a pen
large enough for them to
exercise and a suitable house
for the weather.
|My property is entirely fenced
with 6' chain link. My goat pens
are inside that are and are made
of 5' hog panel fencing. They
also have run-in sheds or
"dogloos" for protection from the
weather and either shade trees
or shade cloth.
|Cleo is talking some smack to the Weiner,
but not all dogs will be so good-natured.
|EXCUSE OUR MESS...
WE'RE STILL UNDER