Current Breed Standards
AGS Breed Standard
The American Goat Society has been registering Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats since 1983.
The Nigerian Dwarf is a miniature breed of dairy goat originating from West Africa and developed in the United States. The balanced proportions of the Nigerian Dwarf give it an appearance similar to the larger, Swiss breeds of dairy goats. Shorter height is the primary breed characteristic of the Nigerian Dwarf, with does measuring no more than 22 1/2" at the withers, and bucks measuring no more than 23 1/2" at the withers. They are known for their high quality milk, often with exceptionally high butterfat content. Nigerian Dwarves are gregarious, friendly, hardy animals that thrive in almost any climate. The medium length ears are erect and alert. The face is either straight or slightly dished. The coat is of medium length, and straight. The Nigerian Dwarf is the only dairy breed known to occasionally have blue eyes. Both brown & blue eyed animals are encountered, with no preference being given to either eye color. Any pattern, color, or combination of colors is acceptable.
ADGA Breed Standard
The American Dairy Goat Association has recently recognized this breed. They have been registering Nigerians since January 2005. Nigerians were on "display status" at the 2008 and 2009 ADGA National Shows, and were eligible to compete at the National for the first time in 2010.
The Nigerian Dwarf is a miniature breed of dairy goat originating in West Africa and developed in the United States. The balanced proportions of the Nigerian Dwarf give it the appearance of the larger breeds of dairy goats, but does stand no more than 22.5" (57cm) and bucks no more than 23.5" (60cm). Any color or combination of colors is acceptable. The medium length ears are erect and alert. The face is either straight or dished, and the hair is short and fine.