Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Jun 24, 2015
Even I thought I was crazy when I decided to get a couple of goats as companion animals. I mean, that's not a thing that people do, right?
Maybe I got lucky, but it's been awesome. My two little mini La Manchas are social, sweet, a lot of fun to work with, and they help keep blackberries down! My guys are very people oriented, and are bonded to me in particular--they come running when they see my car, and make a bit of a racket when I leave the area where they are picketed or penned.
Goats are definitely strong willed animals who can be a bit of a challenge to train or keep penned, so I recommend spending some time around a few before you commit. I've liked that the size of these guys places a limit on the amount of damage they do when they do run amok, but it doesn't pay to underestimate the havoc they are capable of wreaking in your landscaping or vegetable patch!