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Pygmy Goats Make Excellent and Unique Pets

Debbie Hosley 05/13/2011 @ 7:24am Established in 1982 in Norco, California, Amber Waves is committed to producing high quality, registered African pygmy goats for breeding, showing, and family pet purposes. Over the years Amber Waves has become an industry leader, accumulating prestigious awards such as 428 Champions, 4 Premier Exhibitor awards, 7 Premier Breeder awards, 5 Herdsman awards, and 1 National Champion Buck award. Kiddings are available year round and may be shipped both nationally and internationally. Occasionally proven bucks and does are also available for purchase.

Pygmy Goats Make Excellent and Unique Pets

If you want to bring fun, affectionate, unique pets into your home, look no further than African pygmy goats! Pygmy goats make excellent pets because, among many other wonderful things, they are intelligent, playful, and easy to take care of. However, before purchasing pygmy goats, it is important to learn about these unique animals to ensure they will fit well into your lifestyle before bringing them home.

The following article will provide an overview of African pygmy goats and how to care for them, and once you decide to open your home and heart to them, contact the breeders of Amber Waves to purchase pygmy goats and get any questions answered.

The rich history of African pygmy goats

As their name suggests, African pygmy goats originated in Africa – in the Cameroon Valley of West Africa to be exact. Pygmy goats were first brought out of Africa as additions to European zoos, and from Europe, pygmy goats made their way into the United States in the 1950s. While they were only found in zoos and research facilities in the United States at first, they quickly became popular pets because of their unique, friendly personalities and hardy construction.

Today, pygmy goats can be found as pets in urban, suburban, and rural areas across the United States as they can acclimate to nearly any climate. These unique creatures tend to live between 10 and 15 years.

Colors

Part of the fun of pygmy goats is the variety of colors and patterns found in breed. While there are only three basic colors (black, medium brown, and dark brown) that form the color base for the breed, pygmy goats are rarely solid in color; therefore, many color patterns are possible. For example, the agouti and caramel patterns can be superimposed over variations of the three basic colors.

The nine color patterns that cover the vast majority of pygmy goats are: black, black/grey agouti, black trim caramel, medium brown, medium brown agouti, medium brown trim caramel, dark brown, dark brown agouti, and dark brown trim caramel. White spotting may or may not be present on any of these color patterns, and white frosting is often present on the ears and muzzles. All colors besides solid medium brown and dark brown are accepted by the National Pygmy Goat Association as conforming to the breed standard.

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