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post #31 of 34 Old 08-25-2009, 06:30 PM
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Goats are definitely not scared of dogs. More likely the dog is scared of the goat.

That's not neccasarily true. I had a three year old Boer wether, he was massive. He got attacked by the ranches two year old boxer mix. The goat was running for his life and the dog practically tore out his throat.

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post #32 of 34 Old 08-25-2009, 09:44 PM
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^ Well, there are certainly always exceptions, but for the most part, goats will attack a dog if they feel threatened. After that, it does depend on each animals personality and history I suppose.
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post #33 of 34 Old 08-26-2009, 03:26 PM
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I'm thinking about getting a goat to save the environment *hidden meaning...no grass to mow*
I have been thinking of either a Nubian or a small Nigerian. My question is, since those are both dairy breeds do you have to milk them? If so how often, is it like a dairy cow that needs milked day and night?
Goats are horrible grazers, just so you know; they prefer browsing...trees, and other foliage are more 'their thing'...they do eat grass and hay of course, but one simply won't keep your lawn mowed...you're horses would do a better job of it! LoL!

At any rate, to your other questions, unless you breed her, you will not have to milk her. And if you do breed her, you can let her raise her kids, and let her decide when to wean, and thus dry up.

If you did decide to milk, you could do once or twice a day...the disadvantage to once a day is that you wouldn't get as much, but you also wouldn't be tied to such a schedule. But again, you don't have to milk her.

As far as dogs are concerned, yes, alot of goats will try to defend themselves, but there are more dogs who won't back down, so keeping the goat properly penned is really a must, for her own protection. And no goat stands a chance against more than one dog, which can be prevalent in towns or small farm communities, where people just let their dogs roam; and the dogs wind up forming packs.

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i had a nubian wether and a nubian alpine doe. they best live stock ever. well besides for horses. they will graze if need be. go with a wether. they are lovable and dont smell. tucker was the best. (RIP Tucker and Layla)

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