Australian Miniature Goats under three years old are sold as miniature bred and
potential graded stock as they are height verified at three
years of age.
Numerous Studs throughout Australia do have potential purebred
stock awaiting their three year old height verification,
so as to be classified and graded as an Australian Miniature
Goats are herd animal and donot like being alone. It is
recommended to keep two or more and it is highly recommended
purchasing your goats from a reputable, registered breeder.
Unfortunately there are people who advertise animals as
'Miniatures' because the animal looks small. It is difficult
to tell the difference between young goats that will stay
small or grow big and a goat's growth can be stunted by
lack of food and care.
A registered breeder should be able to show you the animals
that they are breeding with and the records and documentation
supporting their breeding program. Visit the stud and do
Ensure that you have contacted your Shire to make sure you
are allowed to have livestock on your property.
All goats must carry NLIS ear tags and it is your responsibility
to register your property with the Department of Primary
Industries and Fisheries if you do intend owning one or
more goats (or other livestock) and they will issue you
with a PIC (property Identification Code) number.
Australian Miniature Goats are a unique little pet breed.
They are genetically small and compact, come in al colours
and their body should be in proportion with their size.
Their small body size makes them easy to manage and they
eat less and do not require the space their larger relatives
Miniature goats in general are good-natured, hardy and alert,
and their docile, affectionate temperament makes them an
These little goats treated with love, patience and kindness
will reward you with the bond they will form with you for
They respond well to treats such as sultanas and small quantities
of cracker biscuits to reward their behavior and to help
build their trust with human contact.
They are very responsive and can be the milk provider for
the family each day. Miniature goats are very intelligent
and can be trained to walk on a lead and will respond to
their name and the more time their family spends with them,
will build their trust and form a close bond.
They are a good companion animal and their small size and
gentle personalities make them suitable pets for all ages
including the elderly, the disabled and children of all
Caring for these little animals can be performed easily
and safely ther feeding and daily care are tasks easily
learnt and will help children to learn the importance of
responsibility, discipline and respect. Working with these
little animals also helps children to build their confidence
Miniature goats are great little companion animals but are
herd animals and it is cruel to keep one alone. They are
often used to keep horses for company or they do need another
goat of the same sex or a wether as a companion.
A wether is a neutered male and makes a wonderful pet as
they don't come into season like the females and they do
not develop the habits or odor of the in tact bucks.
All goats born at Plumbago Stud are disbudded (horns removed),
as we do believe horns can be dangerous and our animals
are only sold as pets.
Treated with care and kindness they will reward you with
many years of joy.
Goats are low maintenance but do require de-worming for
internal parasite when necessary and occasionally a treatment
for external parasites as part of their health regime.
We usually worm our goats twice a year. A vet can do this
for you and can do a faceal count on the goat's dropping
to confirm if worming is necessary.
need to be trimmed every six to eight weeks.
However if they are on rocks or hard ground this will
help to keep there feet trim. A good pair of garden
shears is all that is needed.
At Plumbago Stud we do vaccinate our goats with a 5
in 1 injection once a year and do highly recommend you
do vaccinate to protect your beloved pet from unnecessary
death or illness.
Miniature goats do love a brush and can be shampooed
with a mild shampoo as part of their grooming.
Good fencing is definitely required. The goats are capable
of squeezing through the smallest of gaps. We use the smallest
and strongest ring-lock and three rows of electric wire.
I highly recommend the use of electric fencing for goats.
It keeps predators out and the goats safely confined, also
protecting your fences so they last for years.
It is important a goat has adequate, secure shelter
to escape from the rain, strong winds, the cold and
the hot sun.
Goats love to jump and play. Tree stumps and logs make
great play toys along with the large spools used for
A small rock pile will help keep their hooves worn down.
do contact me with any queries or to talk about these beautiful
note I am not a vet. Articles written on this site are for
reference only and are my experience and knowledge of keeping
goats and how I care for my goats at Plumbago Stud.