Goats are hardy animals that can live and thrive in places that might not support larger livestock like cattle. There's some evidence that they were domesticated at least 10,000 years ago, and today over 300 breeds have been developed to provide meat, dairy, or valuable wool like cashmere or mohair. Many goat breeds are quite hardy, leading to the urban legend that they can digest tin cans. Of course your goats will need a proper diet, but they can be a fairly easy choice for the livestock beginner.

In recent decades, some people have become interested in the fainting goats, a novelty group of pet goats that actually do faint and fall down for a few seconds when startled.