Owning goats is a big commitment and can be very time-consuming and expensive. Before getting any goats it’s important you consider if you have the time, resources, commitment, knowledge and facilities to care for them.
Goats are not gardeners – An overgrown garden or hedge is not a good reason to get some goats.
Goats, although traditionally thought of as farm animal, do make good pets. A perennial favorite in petting zoos, their curious, friendly nature make them good companions. There are a wide variety of breeds available, and the dwarf or pygmy varieties are probably the more commonly kept as pets.st
Goats are herd animals, so should not be kept as solitary animals. A pair (or more) of goats will make a good addition to the right family. A decent amount of space (pasture) will be necessary, depending on the breed and number of goats, so they are best suited for rural areas on farms or acreages. If you live in a city, bylaws may prevent you from keeping goats as they will likely be classed as an agricultural species.
There are only a few diseases you need to worry about and most have vaccines to prevent them.You should find a veterinarian who will treat your goats. They are likely to a number of infectious and chronic diseases. Vaccinations and routine preventative treatment for worms and other parasites are necessary and you should consult a vet for what is required in your area.
Goats are great pets if you are willing to work to keep them. They are a long commitment, but with proper care, you’ll see that if you get your goat, you’ll get a lot!