Registration Guidelines


The Miniature Dairy Goat Association registers animals that are the offspring of a registered standard dairy goat and a purebred, registered Nigerian Dwarf dairy goat. The parents of the animal for which registration application is being made must be registered as “American” or “Purebred” with one or more of the following associations: American Dairy Goat Association, American Goat Society, Nigerian Dwarf Goat Association, or the Canadian Goat Society. (“Grade” and “Experimental” are covered in another section.)

Acceptable parent breeds for miniature dairy goats include: Alpine, LaMancha, Nubian, Oberhasli, Saanen, Sable, Toggenburg, Guernsey, and Nigerian Dwarf.

Breeds that are NOT acceptable include: Pygmy, Boer, Angora, or any other non-dairy goat breed.

As the generations from the original crossbreeding advance, MDGA uses different categories for registrations, called “herdbooks.” MDGA has four herdbooks: - “Experimental,” “American,” “Purebred” and “Grade.”

*If there is any question about a kid(s) sire, i.e. more than one buck in a doe pen, All kids will be required to have a DNA test completed as well as at least one of the bucks (if there are only 2 bucks in question) will need to be tested in order to register the kid(s).

MDGA's Herdbooks

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MDGA Transfers

Need to Transfer an MDGA Registered goat into your name?

Time frame for submitting paperwork

All paperwork with supporting documents, including photos, service memos, bill of sale, etc., and full payment are to be submitted within 7 (seven) days of initiating the registration/transfer, etc.

If you have any questions as to the required info needed, contact the office for help.

If, after 7 days you have not sent everything required, your data will be put in a suspense folder, and you will be given notice that you have 7 days to complete, or your process will be halted, materials will be returned at member’s cost, and the process will need to be re-initiated, including required fees.

MDGA encourages any member that ‘is in the process’ of sending required to follow up photos, documentation, payment, or anything else to complete their requested registration &/or transfer, be submitted to the appropriate staff member by June 1. Timely submission means less room for error, backtracking and follow up, and more time getting things processed for our members!

Important: Send the application along with pictures showing a full side of the body, head on of face, & profile of head