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How Smart Are Nigerian Dwarf Goats (They Are Not So Dull)

How Smart are Nigerian Dwarf Goats?

There is this general opinion that goats are foolish. But is it true? Are all species of goats dumb? Some are of the school of thought that goats are only stubborn not foolish. But is still really true?

In this article, we are looking at how intelligent Nigerian dwarf goats are.

At the end of this article, I trust that you will fully understand the truth about Nigerian dwarf goats and goats in general. In addition, do away with false misconceptions.

Short Description of Nigerian Dwarf Goats

The Nigerian Dwarf goat is a small but well-proportioned species that resemble larger dairy goats. They are usually short and fine with upright ears and may appear in single or multi-colors.

Common colors of this species are chocolate, gold, and black, often with white markings.

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Their average weight is usually between 35 kg to 37kg while their height is about 60 cm or males and slightly less for females on average. Their life expectancy ranges from 8 to 12 years.

Nigerian dwarf goats are way forward in terms of maturity than most species. Its male goats start breeding by three months and its doe (female goats) start breeding by seven months.  Usually, their gestation period ranges from 145–153 days.

How Smart are Nigerian Dwarf Goats?

Contrary to the common belief that goats are not intelligent animals, research and experience have proved it to be wrong.

Now we are looking at various researches that were conducted to prove our attestation that goats are smart. Most of the researches were conducted in London.

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The first research on my list was conducted at Queen Mary University. Researchers brought 12 goats and taught them how to retrieve a grass treat in a box by grabbing its string and pulling a lever.  After the lesson, they observed that the goats were able to do it by themselves using the same procedure.

The second research was conducted and it was based on milking routine. The hypothesis was to milk the goat according to when they are kidded I.e. according to age. Whoever had babies first in a given year will go first in the milking routine. 

After some repetition, it was observed that the goats now knew their turns. When it’s milking time, they come together to line up according to their levels.   If it is not their turn, they will stand their ground and watch as the others head for their milking.  This research showed that goats can adapt to a patterned way of life.

Thirdly, another research was conducted which clearly showed how goats stare intensely at their owner when they were trying to complete a task. This trait is also observed in domesticated dogs, but not wolves. So it was kind of surprising at first.

This research shows strong evidence that complex communication exists between goats and humans as found between men and domestic animals like dogs, cats, or horses.

Although for the last 10,000 years goats were solely used for agricultural purposes they kept evolving to the extent that it is now closer to man. Hence the surprise the researchers got while studying the goats

For a better understanding of the last research point, another research was conducted the same year. 34 goats were trained to remove a lid from a box to receive a reward. They ran the goats through this test numerous times, but the last time, they made the box impossible to get into and recorded how the goat reacted.

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Also, it was observed that the goats were turning their heads towards the person experimenting once they realized they were stuck. So it was guessed that the goats realized that a change was made. Also, they were able to realize that they were being watched, hence they’re turning back to look at the man.

In other words, the goats were modifying their behavior based on their human audience, something that is only found in dogs, cats, and horses.

Are Nigerian Dwarf Goats Really Smart?

Now to my personal experiences that made me break the belief that goats are stupid.

I have found out that goats recall their names just like dogs. I was in doubt earlier but when I saw a friend calling her goat by its name and the goat immediately responded, then I knew that they are not foolish as most of us have tagged them to be.

I had another experience one time that made me believe that goats are smart.

On the Discovery Channel, I watched a story of a goat who lived with a blind horse and faithfully guided the horse out to the pasture and back to the barn every day. This story made me believe the second research that was explained above.

Also, I got to understand that goats can form long bonds with other animals or people. They are long live lovers. Isn’t it wonderful?

Additionally, research has found evidence that goats are as smart as dogs, and just as capable of building emotional relationships with humans as all the other domesticated animals that live in our home.

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In this light, you should know that goats are awesome and loving sidekicks just like dogs as I stated earlier. This demonstrated that goats can live alongside humans for tens of thousands of years.

Equally, I found out that goats can detect danger just like dogs although not as intelligent as dogs. They know when some or something wants to impose harm or endanger them. They immediately run away from that person.

From this above research and personal experience, you can attest to the truth that goats are smart. They were never dull.

Goats are one amazing creature that has been held in the wrong conception over the years. It is commending that this article has done justice to the truth. I will advise you reading this right now to try out all the above research personally and see the response you will get.

Mark Lockett

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