Posts Tagged ‘pet goats’

Pet Goats: Tips for Keeping Your Horned Friend Happy

Monday 15 July 2013

A white goatWhen you were little, did you ever imagine having a pet goat? Not many children do, but these days the goat is becoming a surprisingly more common household friend. Goats and pigs are amongst the most blossoming categories of fancied domesticated animals today.

However, many with the idea of keeping a pet goat have little to no information on the proper equipment and techniques needed to help you fill your role as guardian to these furry little critters. Reading the information beneath will give great insight on some of the obligations you are committing yourself to when looking to become a goat’s best friend.

Fainting Goats (Or Are They?)

Saturday 13 July 2013

The Fainting Goat breed is one of the most talked-about goats online, especially in mainstream. These critters are the stars of some pretty epic videos and GIF animations online, looking extremely funny when dropping to the ground at any moment of shock. However, many witnessing the event have no clue to the scientific facts behind this breed of does and bucks that seem to pass out at the drop of a hat.

First, these “fainting” creatures are not common. If you ever get a chance to see this type of goat in real life, you are lucky, because they are a rare breed. Discovered in the Appalachian state of Tennessee, this goat was encountered by explorers for the first time (documented) around 1880, though the exact year is unknown. Biologists and animal enthusiasts have found them quite fascinating since. Studies have been conducted over and over to figure out what makes the animal appear to faint. The consistent result of those studies is… (more…)

Pygmy Goat aka Cameroon Dwarf Goat

Saturday 13 July 2013

Facts and History of the Breed

One of the most popular goat breeds of 2013 is the Cameroon Dwarf goat. More commonly known as the Pygmy Goat, this straight-haired dwarf of the horned kingdom is considered an exotic to all countries outside of Cameroon in central Africa. Similar types of this critter exist across northern Africa, southwestern Africa, and east Africa. Each of these small groups are breeds in their own right, however.

The breed that we now see in the United States is typically the French Cameroon Dwarf. This specimen originated in Africa but was exported to zoos across the world. Particularly zoo habitats in Sweden and Germany were first to showcase the Dwarfs, placing them in a group of animals listed as “exotics”. The first Cameroons reliably documented to have found their way to the United States did so relatively recently, in 1959. A family by the name of Rhue brought the critters to their California estate and the Catskill Game Farm in upstate New York. These Pygmies came from Sweden.