Other common names: Mini Silky; Mini Silkies; MSFG; Silky Fainting Goat
The Miniature Silky Fainting Goat is a new breed which was developed in the late 1990's by American breeders Renee Orr and Frank Baylis. The Miniature Silky Fainting Goat was created by crossing the Myotonic Goat and the Nigerian Dwarf Goat to create a long-coated miniature goat breed.
The Miniature Silky Fainting Goat Association (MSFGA) was formed in 2005.
Appearance / health:
According to the Miniature Silky Fainting Goat Association, the Miniature Silky Fainting Goat has "a full long skirt, long chest and neck hair, full beard, muff on the face and bangs. There are varying degrees of coat and coat placement. Having bangs on a Mini Silky adds to the terrier-like appearance that we are striving for. However, it is more difficult to get bangs on a Doe than it is on a Buck. The height limit for a Mini Silky Doe is 23.5” at the withers; height limit for Bucks is 25” at the withers, making them small and manageable."
Goats are sensitive animals that can suffer from various infectious and chronic diseases that are sometimes undetected until too late. Vaccinations, as well as de-worming and de-lousing applications must be conducted as needed. Angoras are prone to parasite attacks due to their dense hair.
Goats must be inspected frequently to detect any signs of poor health, infections, or other ailments. Signs include cloudy or teary eyes, dull or fluffed up coat, droopy tail, hunched back, or poor appetite. A veterinarian should always be on call to address health concerns.
Behavior / temperament:
Goats are inherently curious, active, intelligent, and social. They are known to have the ability to overcome enclosures by unraveling the gate, climbing over the mesh, or pushing and ramming the fence down. Goats have good coordination and balance and can manage to climb low trees, ledges, and overhangs. Their curiosity leads them to constantly investigate items with their mouths; most items get chewed and swallowed. With a little patience, goats can be taught to carry or pull loads, respond to calls, and lead a herd. As social animals, they easily get along with other farm animals.
Housing / diet:
As herd animals, goats are best kept in pairs or groups. As grazers, they require an outdoor habitat that is securely fenced to prevent escape or foraging in restricted areas. The area should be large enough to allow the goat to roam. The recommended habitat per goat is 200 sq. ft. of yard or pasture plus a sheltered or indoor area of about 15 sq. ft. The sheltered area should be adequately built to keep the goats safe from rain and strong winds.
Keeping goats inside the house is not recommended because of the pet’s tendency to gnaw and chew on furniture and furnishings. Goats are also not known to adhere to toilet training.
The ideal food for domesticated goats is alfalfa hay and grass hay. This should be available daily in quantities of at least 3% of the goat’s body weight. Small quantities of feed grain and concentrates (often protein-enriched) like goat show or goat grain can also be given to add nutrition. Supplements are often used to address deficiencies inherent to local habitats.
brush control, nice pet goat, sweeter goat, long flowing coat, affectionate
MSFGA shows, petting zoo
"I have owned mini silkies for three years and I can't say enough about them. They are just like little dogs. They run to you when they see you, they love treats like animal crackers, and they love to go for walks. You can even put a collar and leash on them to take them for walks if you like, or they will just follow behind you. Some of mine heal better than my dogs. They absolutely love people and want to be with them, and they love to be brushed, scratched and petted. I have one that likes to go sledding with us. She follows us out to the sledding hill and runs down the hill after the sled and back up again. Some of them have beautiful long hair, but you don't have to brush silkies very often. I brush mine a couple times a year when they start to shed. I don't know why more people people don't own them. They don't need a lot of space. They don't eat very much hay, only about two pounds a day per goat. Think of how long a 50 pound bale would last. They don't make messes and they are quiet and affectionate. I think that people who want an outside dog for their kids should consider getting a mini silky goat instead. They are quieter and they don't mind being left outside, as long as they have at least another silky for companionship,and you don't have to clean up their disgusting smelling messes. Goat have little rabbit type poo that makes great fertilizer for your yard or garden. I have even know some people who take their goats with them on car rides because the goats just love to ride in the car, just like a dog. <br><br>I breed mini silky goats for pets and for show. There a many mini silky shows each year, and it is fun to complete with your silkies. You can also meet many friendly goat owners at shows who share the same interest. To see more of my goats go to mulberrymeadowminisilkies.weebly.com <br>."
From Pam Engel Feb 24 2012 1:04PM
" <br> <br>Very dog like. When we first brought them home they only had <br>a barn and a small paddock so I would let them out with me. They would just <br>follow me around the yard while I was working. When I was done I would just <br>walk back to their barn and they would follow me into the barn. Of course they knew <br>that feed would soon arrive. I put mini silky goats at the top of livestock/pet <br>to own. They lead train easily so far they have lead trained by the second try most on the first. Of course it will take longer if you want them at your side. You may have to adjust your fence as they will find all the weak <br>points. They are easy to care for and I would recommend them to any family. Really cannot think <br>of a reason not to own mini silkies as long as you have the time to spend. They <br>need brushed (they like this) out in the spring, hoof care every 2 months or so, worming’s, vaccinations. <br>None of this is hard as they will let you work with them without too much <br>fussing. <a target="_new" href="http://www.rossalpacaranch.com/goats" target="_new">Check out the rest of our family of goats.</a> More information and images will be added regularly<br> <br> <br>."
From Rossranch Jul 2 2012 11:22AM