Australian All Breeds Miniature Goat Society Inc.

INC#: IA41987
HEAD OFFICE: 1165 Brightview Road, Brightview QLD 4311

Pygmy Goat


The pygmy goat is hardy, good natured, genetically small, cobby and compact.  Head, neck and legs are short in relation to body length.  The body is full-barrelled and well muscled, circumference in relation to height and weight is proportionally greater than in other breeds.  Sexual characteristics are clearly defined. 




The full coat of straight, medium long hair varies in density with seasons and climates. On does, beards may be non-existent or sparse. On adult bucks, abundant hair growth is desirable; the beard to be full, long and flowing, the copious mane draping, cape-like, across the shoulders.



Any colour and colour combination is acceptable in Australia due to the breed being developed using only semen from Purebred Pygmy bucks.


As the breed develops in Australia breeders may decide to breed stock which conform more with the preferred colours recognised in the USA.


The preferred colours recognised in the USA are:

Solid black



Caramel with black markings

Caramel with brown markings





Short to medium long; profile somewhat dished.

Muzzle rounded, not snippy; nose short, wide and flat.

Chin and underjaw full; bite even, neither overshot nor undershot; jaws broad, strong and well muscled.

Forehead broad, flat or concave.

Eyes set well apart, bright, brown in colour, prominent but not protruding.

Ears medium sized, firm, erect, alertly mobile.

Genetically horned or polled; disbudding and dehorning permissible.


Neck: Well muscled; short, round, more full-throated than dairy breeds; more refined in does than in bucks.


Withers: Nearly level with, but not lower than the spine.


Shoulders: Muscular, well angulated and laid-on, tightly attached; point of shoulder placed posterior to the sternum.


Ribs: Wide apart, well sprung; rib bone long, wide and flat.


Back: Strong, laterally straight, level along chine and loin.


Chine: Broad, level from withers to loin.

Loin: Broad, strong, nearly level, rising slightly toward the iliac crest.


Rump: Medium long, medium wide, neither level nor steep.


Hips: Wide, nearly level with back.


Thurls: High, wide apart.


Pin bones: Wide apart, lower than hips, pronounced.


Tail: Set high, wide at the base, symmetrical, carried high.


Flanks: Deep, set low on barrel.


Thighs: Long and wide, well muscled, incurving towards udder.


Legs: Short, heavy bone, well muscled, wide apart.


Fore-legs: Straight and squarely set, with elbows close to ribs and cannon bone short.


Hind legs: When viewed from the rear: hind legs straight, widely set to accommodate          

large barrel; stifle held tightly to the body. When viewed from the side: femur and   

tibia proportionately longer than in dairy breeds and angulated toward a more          

pronounced stifle joint, thus compensating for the short, flat, and flinty rear cannon            



Hocks: Cleanly moulded and sharply angled.


Pasterns: Short, strong and resilient.


Feet: Well-shaped, proportioned to size of animal, deep heel and level sole with hoofs symmetrical.




Large in proportion to size of animal, providing ample digestive and reproductive capacity as well as strength, vigour, and stamina.


Barrel: Broad, deep, increasing in width and depth toward flank giving an impression of perpetual pregnancy. Symmetrical, well supported by firm abdominal wall and well-sprung ribs. The disproportionately large circumference of the paunch is greater in does than in bucks.


Heart Girth: Large due to long, well-sprung fore-ribs.


Chest: Well muscled brisket, wide floor, full at point of elbow.




Udder: Firm, rounded, small to medium sized, halves evenly balanced and symmetrical.


Rear Attachment: High, full, tightly attached and blending smoothly.


Front Attachment: Well forward, tightly attached without pocket, and blending smoothly into body.


Texture: Silky smooth, elastic, pliable but firm, free of lumps or scar tissue.

Teats: Two, cylindrical, of uniform length and size, sufficient for milking with two fingers and thumb. Symmetrically placed, free of obstructions, deformities, or multiple orifices.




Testicles: Two, fully descended, of fairly equal size, healthy and firm.


Teats: Two, cylindrical, of uniform length and size, symmetrically placed, free of deformities or multiple orifices.




Purebred Measurements:

Under 6 Months

Height:             Does: 47cm & Bucks: 47.5cm

Cannon:           Does: 10cm & Bucks: 11cm


6 to 12 months

Height:             Does: 52cm & Bucks: 52.5cm

Cannon:           Does: 11cm & Bucks: 11.5cm


12 months & Over

Height:             Does: 57cm & Bucks: 60cm

Cannon:           Does: 11.5cm & Bucks: 12cm


The National Pygmy Goat Association (NPGA) Breed Standard.