Would you adopt a miniature goat? VERY unusual (and adorable) new pet trend takes off in Australia
- Australians are obsessed with a very unusual trend for pets – miniature goats
- There are two breeds popular with pet owners: the pygmy goat and the Nigerian dwarf.
- These mini goats ‘follow you like a dog’ love to play games and cuddle
An Australian farmer has revealed the highly unlikely pet trend sweeping the country – and says breeders are struggling to meet unforeseen demand from a once little-known farm animal.
Miniature goats are fast becoming popular pets because they are good with children and easy to handle – Gold Coast breeder Rodney Surawski said.
Nigerian dwarf goats first arrived in Australia just seven years ago, but they have become so popular that a child could make future owners $ 15,000.
Mini goats find their way into thousands of Australian families – adopted as part of an unusual pet trend
Goats are very affectionate and love to be handled, according to their owners.
They can be seen snuggling up to their owners like a cat or a dog
Goats are so friendly they will “ follow you like a dog ” according to Rodney, who entered the mini-goat business in 2012 after his granddaughter showed an interest in the animal from pint-sized farm.
Since then he has built a quality stud and owns three of the country’s four dwarf dwarf goats, Grand Champion.
Stoney Creek Farm has been in the family since it was founded by Rodney and his partner in 1992 – and is home to the best garden in town, awarded by the town’s mayor.
The property has an array of animals including goats, horses, mini horses, birds, bees, fish and Alaskan Malamutes.
The farm is home to miniature Australian, Nigerian dwarf, nuwby and pygmy goat breeds.
Nigerian dwarves reach a maximum of two feet tall and often do not weigh more than 30 kilograms.
Pygmy goats are slightly smaller at 50cm and 27kg.
But they’re not the only ones talking about cute and trendy animals.
Instagram is full of photos of people with their tiny goats, whether they’re being cuddled like a new puppy or sneaking around the house like a cat.
This unusual trend means that breeders across the country are struggling to meet the demand for small pets.
Mini goats only need a six-square-meter lawn to walk around – and a warm, dry place to sleep
This image shows how small children are when they are born
“The day has arrived when I had my beautiful little male! He’s so amazing and so much better than I ever imagined him to be. He’s super cuddly and I’m so in love with the little guy, ” one woman said, posting a photo of her child.
Others simply post pictures of their baby goats on play equipment, tongue hanging out or cuddling in their owner’s lap.
A man posted a photo of his miniature goat in his lap with the caption: ‘Odin is relaxing in the computer room. ”
Friendly goats can be trained, according to breeders and goat enthusiasts
A woman posted this photo of the child she bought on Wednesday – happy to take it home
Another woman shared a photo of a newborn child on her kitchen counter – overshadowed even by a mug and eggs.
Another woman showed off her new goat sitting in the back of her car.
“Had planned a super cute ‘reveal’, but the school has other plans. So here he is, our new little baby! NIGEL CLARENCE, ”she wrote.
Can I keep a mini goat at home?
It is important to know how to care for pets before adding them to your family.
Goats of all sizes need space to graze outside, so owners should have a backyard for their miniature goats. But it doesn’t have to be big, a six-by-six yard space is fine, according to breeders.
They should also be protected from cold and rain.
A good quality enclosure is essential, as is warm bedding for your pet.
Goats are good at climbing, so fences should be high, around 170cm high, to keep them indoors.
In addition to grasses, goats should be fed grains and hay to supplement their diet.
Goats hate dirty water, so it needs to be cleaned daily.
Their hooves should be cut every four months and they should be brushed often.
They should also be given toys and games to play with – just like dogs and cats.