Mini-Nubian

The Mini-Nubian is a mid-sized goat being of mixed Nigerian Dwarf and Nubian origin. It is known for being a graceful, elegant animal standing between 23-31 inches and comes in any color or pattern of short, fine, glossy hair. This mid-sized goat is known for its ease of milking; producing a high quantity and quality of milk whose butterfat yield is similar to that of the standard Nubian.

Emphasis is placed on a structurally correct animal with a well-attached mammary that milks with ease. This breed was originally designed for small farms and homesteaders who milk by hand and needed a smaller animal for handling and feeding purposes.

The breed character that sets the Mini-Nubian apart from other Mini breeds, is a nose that is never dished, but slightly to strongly convex (with the strongly convex being more desirable), as well as distinctive, long, wide, and pendulous ears that when held along the face reach the end of the nose.

No part of the Mini-Nubian should be coarse, but instead dairy and refined (with masculinity for bucks); with soft supple skin and mammary, strong correct legs, wide flat bone throughout, sharp shoulder blending into a long and graceful neck, and ample width and depth for kidding and milking purposes.

PLEASE NOTE:
***BOTH Generation AND Breed Standard MUST be met to enter each herdbook***


EXPERIMENTAL REQUIREMENTS
Generation:
ANY
Percentage: Any
Breed Character:
Ears: ANY
Noses: ANY
Heights: ANY

AMERICAN REQUIREMENTS
Generation: F3 and above
Percentage: Animal is no more than 70% or no less than 30% of either parent breed
Breed Character:
Ears: ¾ Drop or Pendulous and reach the beginning of the nostril at minimum for length
Noses: Straight or Convex
Heights: Maximum of Does 29” and Bucks 31”

 

PUREBRED REQUIREMENTS
Generation: F6 and above
Percentage: Animal is no more than 70% or no less than 30% of either parent breed
Breed Character:
Ears: Pendulous and reach the end of the mouth and touch together, at minimum
Noses: Convex
Heights: Maximum of Does 29” and Bucks 31”

DISQUALIFICATION FROM AMERICAN OR PUREBRED HERDBOOKS
Animals will be disqualified from American or Purebred herdbook and placed into the Experimental or American herdbook despite generation if they have any of the following:

Disqualified from AMERICAN if:

Animal has ears that fit the airplane or drop (except ¾ drop) categories
Animal that has ears that do not come to at least the start of the nostril
Dished nose
Over 70% or under 30% of either parent breed (will be moved to EX herdbook)

Disqualified from PUREBRED:
Animal has ears that fit into Airplane, Drop, or ¾ Drop 
Animal with ears that do not meet together at the end of the mouth
Dished or Straight nose
Over 70% or under 30% of either parent breed (will be moved to EX herdbook)

NOTE: If an animal is demoted to Experimental or American due to not meeting the breed standard, they will receive an asterisk, *  at the end of their registration number. If the demoted animal’s offspring meets generation AND breed standard, the offspring will then be placed in the proper herdbook. If the offspring does not meet the standard and/or generation, then they will be put into the herdbook that they meet requirements.

If any animal applying for the Purebred herdbook has ¾ ears and/or ears do not meet to the end of the mouth, they will be moved to the American herdbook as long as they meet the requirements. 

EAR DESIGNATION EXAMPLES AND DESCRIPTIONS:

NOTE: **Currently all 1/4, 1/2 & 2/3 options on the registration form meet the DROP category**

See examples of each designation below:

AIRPLANE - Ears that proceed straight out from the head (as in airplane wings). They may have the slightest drop downward or the slightest rise upward a bit. 

Airplane Ears
Airplane Ears

**Currently all 1/4, 1/2 & 2/3 options on the registration form meet the DROP category**


DROP - This designation encompasses anything between Airplane and ¾ drop. These ears will have significant space between the head/face and ear when the ears are at rest, note they are not parallel with the head and flare out from the base of the head. This designation will also include ears that are too short even though they may be close to the head or appear pendulous. Too short is anything less than meeting at the beginning of the nostril (for American) or meeting at the end of the mouth and touching (for Purebred).

Drop Ears
Drop Ears

¾ DROP - This designation is allowed in the Experimental and American herdbook only. All American animals must have ¾ drop or pendulous ears. The difference between Drop and ¾ Drop is that ¾ drop ears must reach the beginning of the nostril and have minimal space between the face and the ears and lay more parallel to the face. Note the difference in space between the ear and face in the drop and ¾ drop picture examples. American herdbook should have as close to pendulous as possible so that when you get to Purebred, ears will be ideal. 

3/4 Drop Ears
3/4 Drop Ears

PENDULOUS - Long ears that are set close at the area of attachment to the head and follow that closeness down the face. The ears will stay close to the head as they flow down, hanging down and flaring out and forward at their rounded tip, creating a “bell” shape. Ears must also reach the end of the mouth, touching each other at the end when held parallel along the face (or well past the nose for kids).

Ideal ears would come down parallel (straight) from the head without spreading away from the face (when at rest) as this keeps the ears close to the head. Acceptable ears for the PB herdbook will only have minimal space between the face/head and ears. If the ears start to veer from being parallel to the face too much, they will be placed in ¾ or Drop (depending on how far from the head) and not be accepted into the PB herdbook rather being put into the American (if ¾) or Experimental (if drop) books. However if the ears are parallel to the face, but have slight space between the face and ear, they will be accepted.

Pendulous Drop Ears
Pendulous Drop Ears

EAR LENGTH: When held along the face, ears should reach the end of the nose and touch. In order for ears to reach the end of the nose by maturity, ears must reach further past the nose and touch, as a kid. This is for Purebred herdbook. 

Mini Nubian Ear Length

The following ear lengths are accepted into the American book as they reach at minimum, the beginning of the nostril but will not necessarily reach the end of the mouth and touch. They must also be at least ¾ drop or pendulous to be in the American book. 

Ear Length - AM

STRAIGHT and DISHED NOSES: Dished noses are acceptable in the Experimental herdbook only. Straight or Convex noses are accepted in the American herdbook. Any animals entering the American herdbook that have dished noses, will be placed in the Experimental herdbook. Any animals entering the Purebred books that have dished noses will be dropped to Experimental despite generation. If an animal is entering the Purebred herdbook and has a straight nose, they will be placed into the American herdbook provided they have the proper ears, otherwise they will be placed into the Experimental book

Dish Nose
Dish Nose
Straight Nose
Straight Nose

CONVEX NOSE: The ideal nose will have a strong curvature or arched look to it (ideal). However, concerning the Purebred herdbook, as long as there is any curvature, the animal will be accepted.

Convex Nose
Convex Nose