National Pygmy Goat Association (NPGA) Breed Standard
The Pygmy Goat is genetically small, cobby and compact. It is full-barreled and well-muscled, the body circumference in relation to height and weight is proportionately greater than that of other breeds. Mature animals measure between 16 and 23 inches at the withers (shoulder blades to ground). Head and legs are short relative to body length. Genetic hornlessness is considered a disqualifying fault. However, disbudded (dehorned) or horned goats are acceptable.
Preferred colors range from white through black with gray agouti being predominant. Muzzle, forehead, eyes and ears are accented in lighter tones. Front and rear hoofs and cannons (socks) are black, as are the crown and dorsal stripe. Random markings are acceptable in limited amounts and characteristics locations. Coat length and density vary with climates, making the Pygmy Goat equally at home in the desert or in the northern
Pygmy goats should reflect the following breed characteristics:
Coat – The full coat of straight, medium-long hair which varies in density with seasons and climates. On females, beards may be non-existent., sparse, or trimmed. On adult males, abundant hair growth is desirable; the beard to be full, long and flowing, the copious mane draping cape-like across the shoulders.
Color – All body colors are acceptable, the predominant coloration is a grizzled (agouti) pattern produced by the intermingling of light and dark hairs, of any color. See recognized color choices below.
All have light vertical stripes on front side of darker stockings. Muzzle, forehead, eyes and ears accepted in tone lighter than the darker portion of the body.
- LIGHT CARAMEL
- White or caramel hairs, intermingled with white in the undercoat making the top coat color appear to be a shade of pure white to cream.
- MEDIUM CARAMEL
- Caramel and white hairs intermingled in the undercoat making the top coat a shade of apricot.
- DARK CARAMEL.
- White hairs intermingled with darker caramel/buff or brown hairs in the undercoat making the top coat a shade close to a medium tan.
- BROWN CARAMEL
- Brown mainly with only occasional intermingled white hairs in the undercoat making the topcoat a pronounced darker brown.
All agoutis have solid stockings darker than main body color. Muzzle, forehead, eyes, and ears accented in tones lighter than the dark portion of the body.
- LIGHT GRAY AGOUTI
- Black and white hairs intermingled with slightly more white hairs to give a light Greg color, making the topcoat silver in shade.
- MEDIUM GRAY AGOUTI
- Black and white hairs intermingled in equal amounts giving the topcoat a blacker appearance close to an equal amount of salt and pepper.
- DARK GRAY AGOUTI
- Darker Greg appearance with fewer white hairs, but still a salt and pepper appearance that is pronounced.
- BLACK AGOUTI
- Black mainly with only occasional intermingled white hairs.
- LIGHT BROWN AGOUTI.
- Light / silver Greg hairs intermingled with white and with brownish tips to main body hairs, making the topcoat appear a burnt silver shade.
- MEDIUM BROWN AGOUTI
- Brown and white hairs intermingled in equal amounts giving the topcoat a browner salt and pepper appearance.
- DARK BROWN AGOUTI
- Brown hairs intermingled with fewer white hairs, but still a salt and pepper appearance that is a pronounced darker brown.
- BROWN AGOUTI
- Brown mainly with only occasional intermingled white hairs.
All blacks have solid black stockings.
- Solid black except for muzzle, forehead, eyes, and ears accented in tones lighter than the darker portion of the body.
- SOLID BLACK
- All black with no lighter accented areas.
A. Breed-specific markings are required: muzzle, forehead, eyes, and ears are accented in tones lighter than the dark portion of the body in goats of all colors, except goats that are solid black. Front and rear hoofs and cannons (socks) are darker than main body coat, as are the crown, dorsal stripe, and martingale; except in goats that are solid black. On all caramel goats, light vertical stripes on front sides of darker socks are required.
B. Optional markings: light areas (on darker backgrounds) that appear as complete or partial girth belts are acceptable.
Source: NPGA’s PYGMY GOAT BASIC OWNERS MANUAL
American Goat Society (AGS) Breed Description
The AGS Pygmy is a milk goat about the size of the Nigerian, but with the dwarf-like proportions of short legs (especially in the cannon bones), short but large head, and lots of width, especially in the barrel – to the point where does look perpetually pregnant. The Pygmy head is wide between bright, prominent eyes and in the chest between the legs. It is shorter and cobbier than the Toggenburg and carries more muscling than any other breed. The width and depth of body compared with height are greater than the other breeds, giving it a very angular appearance. Light colored Pygmies often have darker legs, dorsal stripe, and martingale; and dark colored Pygmies often have light etching on the ears, crown, muzzle and eye rims. The coat is full, heavy and medium length. All colors are acceptable..
ORIGIN: West Africa