Plantersville, Texas, United States
Posted Jan 12, 2019
When I would Farm sit, one of my clients had the cutest little Pygmy goat. They, get this, got her from someone selling them on the side of the road out of impulse, just like you would a puppy. After they brought her home, they kept her inside the house at night to protect her from coyotes, and she made best friends with their dog. They would wrestle and play together. She would follow him wherever he went and picked up on his behavior. She also loved to be right there with you when you did your daily chores, especially to taste test the horses' oats or chase the chickens. When you went a little too far from her dog friend, she'd bah, kick, and buck in a silly way before running off to find him. The biggest drawback is that she ended up stripping their garden of anything that she could reach, but this behavior was also helpful as she helped keep the brush around the trees trimmed up. She enjoyed going inside all the time and would happily snuggle with you on the couch just like a dog and never used the restroom inside. I never once noticed her chew on anything that wasn't edible, unlike the stereotype, and she would stay outside with the chickens comfortably when not hanging out with you inside. She was a very clean goat and super easy to feed and care for. I'd highly recommend a Pygmy to most everyone with enough space and time to dedicate to them, but I do suggest getting them as a youngster to bond and train properly as a grown goat will most likely already be stuck in its ways and habits and may not be quite as affectionate and obedient as one you have raised yourself.