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Pygmy Goat

  • Order: Artiodactyla
  • Family: bovidae
  • Genus: Capra
  • Species: aegegrus hircus
Fun Fact

Pygmy goats actually like to swim and are good at it. If they have access to a body of water when the temperatures are hot, they likely will go for a swim.

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About Pygmy Goats

Pygmy goats are small, horned domesticated goats that are used for meat and milk production. They stand between 16-23 inches tall at the shoulder. Coat color varies greatly and can be white, black or anything in between. Many pygmy goats have an agouti pattern. This is a mix of fur color that gives a grizzled gray appearance. This breed of goat is common today.

Pygmy goats were first brought to the United States in 1959. Some people raise them as pets, but they were originally raised for food. This goat has been called the Cameroon dwarf goat because it came from West Africa and the former French Cameroon. These goats were first exported to zoos in Sweden and Germany, and then crossed the Atlantic to the United States.

Pygmy Goats in the Wild


Pygmy goats have a diverse habitat because they adapt well to a variety of climates and conditions.


Originally from West Africa. Believed to be found in most countries around the world today.


Grain, hay, and some foliage.

Population Status

Stable. Domesticated.

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