Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Aug 17, 2015
I've have the pleasure of working with goats living on farms for years; pygmy and dwarf breeds, hair and fiber goats, nubians... but recently have had the experience of just having a "pet" alpine goat.
These are amazingly smart animals and are as easy, or possibly easier, to train than any dog. From housebreaking to walking on a leash, they can be taught quite easily.
If handled on a regular basis from the time they are young, Alpines are not only friendly, but actively seek and thrive on attention. They'll politely sit with you without being overly demanding for petting.
Daily requirements are fairly simple as well- as long as your goat has some room to stretch his legs and do some grazing and browsing, they will be quite content. They don't particularly enjoy the extreme heat or cold, so a shelter that provides shade in the summer and is well bedded for warmth in the winter is a must.
I couldn't be happier sharing my home with a goat.