Judging the Miniature Dairy Goat
Dairy Goat is a blend of the standard dairy goat and the
Nigerian Dwarf. Miniature goats should have qualities from
both breeds. When judging a miniature dairy goat, the first
consideration is dairy character. The body should be of
substantial enough size to give the doe the ability to
produce a maximum amount of milk from a minimum amount of
important. As miniatures, these animals
must be within a
limited height range:Please refer to breed standards chart
for each breeds height requirement. A taller animal will be
penalized if they are registered American, and disqualified
if they are registered Purebred. If in doubt, measure.
In judging the
miniature dairy goat, another concern is breed character.
The different breeds have distinctive characteristics that
considered in their general appearance. Each breed
should conform to the appropriate breed standard.
colors, markings and erect ears of the Nigerian Dwarf can
often influence the look of the mini
offspring. In the first and second generations, the animal
may not conform to breed standard as to color or ear set.
These faults to breed character should only be used to break
a tie in the selection of the winner. Once the animal
reaches American status, it should conform to breed standard
in every way and faults are to be penalized severely. If an
animal that is presented in the ring for judging has an ear
or color fault, ask about its generation. If the animal is
superior to the rest of the class, do not penalize it for
incorrect color or ear set unless it is
an American or Purebred.
MDGA BREED STANDARDS
Standards there can be no cohesiveness within a breed. When
someone seeks to purchases a Mini goat, they need to have an
idea of what they should look for.
structure and boundaries as breeders so that when the breed
is represented specific traits can be seen for that breed.
The breed standards below have come from years of hard work
and input from breeders who have been with the Minis since
the Minis began These are the standards for MDGA.
Please remember: When the Mini breeds first began the
purpose and intent was to develop a "multi-purpose" animal
that blended the best traits of the Nigerian Dwarf and
Standard dairy goats, to make a MID-SIZED goat
that could function on the farm, homestead, milk parlor, and
show ring with style, grace and good temperament.
standards there will be no consistency within the breed or
accountability from the breeder. Our Goal is to truly blend
for a for a smaller/mid sized goat, to allow for easier
management and milking, and to give more choices to goat
While we strive for breed character, it is
not always achieved, and the individual breeder must decide
what height, size, or breed characteristics they want to aim
for as they try to achieve their ideal. An animal with any
parentage of standard to Nigerian may be registered within
the experimental herdbook, but only the animals with the
acceptable percentages of standard to Nigerian blood, * (no
animal will be entered into the American or Purebred books
that has more than 70% of either standard or Nigerian
blood), size, height, and breed character will be
advanced to the American and Purebred books—to ensure
quality, consistency, and endurance of the breed.
While many more
goats are being presented for registration with percentages
of standard reaching into the 90% range, this defeats the
purpose of the Mini breeds. Using such a high percentage of
standard genetics produces an animal that lacks influence
from the Nigerian Dwarf. The same is true if a higher
percentage of Nigerian genetics is represented in the
Please note: Not making breed character will not affect your ability to
register animals within the experimental registry. Stating that it is discriminated against means just that: It is not
considered a desirable trait of that breed, but may not
affect the usefulness of the animal within a breeding
In American or Purebred shows, height will be a
factor, and over height animals may be discriminated against
for not making breed standard for the American and
disqualification for the Purebred.
For this reason, all
Champion and Reserve Champion animals, as well as any animal
the judge questions for sanctioning purposes, will be
measured before contestants leave the ring.
standards are for the ideal mini of third generation and