The Australian Miniature is the result of a 7-year experiment to breed stock based on their temperament and height. The breed was formally recognized when miniature breeder Sue Ludwig formed the Australian Miniature Goat Club in February 2000. Like most miniature breeds, the Australian mini is bred not for livestock purposes, but as a pet for families and as a companion for children.
The breed is famous for its kind temperament, especially if they are trained well while they are still with their mother. Bottle-feeding kids is recommended as it helps them get used to humans and therefore, are easier to manage. With enough exposure to humans, they begin to crave human attention and will form intimate bonds with their owners, people in the household, and even household pets. Aside from training them to become accustomed to humans, most breeders say these goats can be housebroken as well. However, no matter how well-trained the goat is, they are still dangerous around unsupervised children and will still eat any plant they lay their eyes on.
These animals are very easy to care for and are fairly low maintenance. A weatherproof shelter is enough, along with access to grass, bush and fresh water. If natural grazing areas are unavailable, an ample supply of fresh hay, grain, fruits and vegetables are acceptable alternatives.
The Australian Miniature\'s breeding program mixed pedigreed breeds like Cashmere, Nubian and Angora. As a result, the miniature is a healthy breed with a decent lifespan. On average, these animals can live beyond 20 years. The biggest health problems that Australian Miniature breeders often face are internal parasites. Usually, regular de-hoofing, annual vaccinations and worm treatments are the only precautions one needs to take to ensure that the animal is healthy.