there will be a lot of back and forth with people. some people hate pygmies, (like me:) and i love nigerians. I just like nigerians better because i think they have more of a purpose. and they tend to be not as obnocious as a pygmy. (some really are) Yes some nigerians have blue eyes. and no it is not preferred. not by the show breeders. it is fun to get blue eyes, but a brown eyed goat does all the winning, all the milk test placements. etc.
Nigerians are fun, loving, and not as short/fat as a pygmy.
And it is pygmy, nigerian dwarf, and myotonic goat (aka fainting goat).
Go visit farms talk to breeders, find out what YOU like best.
get a wether for a pet. they are cheap, not a buck, a buck is a breeding animal and has no place as a pet. wether however lack testosterone making them fantastic pets.
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Edit Added: They are not preferred at least not for show animals, if they breed for blue eyes, i do not think they are true breeders. if you breed for blue eyes, that is not improving the breed. and she is right myotonic goats do not faint. And just for the record, nigerians have awesome personalities, and are not as obnocious. say what you want. but pygmies can be. i love my nubians to death, but they are loud, and eat a lot lol. This is such a question of opinion, some people hate what others love. so like i said. go visit farms and decide what you like best. and i would aim for a bottle fed goat, they make much better pets.
breed/show nubian, nigerian dwarf and lamancha goats