Goats are amazing animals, useful, intelligent, and funny. It’s no wonder more and more people are opting to get goats as pets.
But it’s important to remember that while they’re wonderful little creatures, there is more to them than meets the eye. Owning a goat is a little more challenging than owning a dog or cat, as they have special requirements that you need to be aware of.
Check Local Laws
Before getting a goat, you absolutely need to check whether they’re legally allowed as pets where you live. Obviously, if it’s against the law to own one where you live then that’s your dream of becoming a goat-keeper over. Unless you move of course!
What Size Should You Get?
When it comes to goats, there are two sizes – mini and standard. Standard breeds tend to weigh between 100 – 200lbs, whereas mini goats generally weigh under 100lbs. What size goat you get depends on where you live and what kind of land you have. Some people prefer to choose mini goats because they only have a small amount of land to keep them on. Work out how much space you have, and choose your goat size from there!
How Much Space Do You Have?
With that being said, goats, even mini ones, need a lot of space to roam around and explore. A mini goat requires a minimum amount of 135sq feet, and a standard goat needs at least twice that! If you don’t have the space, it’s unfair to try and keep a goat there. They won’t have room to play and they won’t be happy!
Fencing is Crucial
As we mentioned, goats are highly intelligent animals, which also means that they make great little escape artists. Especially if they spy something tasty just over the other side of the fence. Making sure you have strong, sturdy fencing will make it harder for your Houdini’s to escape, and they won’t knock it over when they rub themselves against it while shedding!
Get Them to a Vet
Just like dogs, cats, and other animals, goats need regular check ups too! The average lifespan of a goat is 15-18 years, and they’ll need to be regularly vaccinated, de-wormed, and have their hooves trimmed roughly once every 6 weeks. Goats are also born with horns, which should be removed by an experienced vet when the goat is only a few days old. This stops them hurting themselves, other animals, and you! Having a reliable and trustworthy vet is a must for keeping goats.
How Many Goats Will You Have?
While you may be thinking that one goat is more than enough to keep you on your toes, a goat on its own is a lonely goat. And a lonely goat is an unhappy goat. It doesn’t matter how much time you spend with it, goats are social creatures and love to be with their own kind. So, the more goats the merrier! But bear this in mind when allocating space for them, working out bills, and checking local laws.