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Hey everyone. I have two young twin does (Mini Nubians) that I’d love for a more experienced goat keeper to look at. I need some conformation-related advice.

I DEFINITELY have a favorite and am leaning towards keeping and breeding her, but my favoritism is based mostly on personality and she-just-has-a-face-that-I-really-like. Lol. So I’d love for you guys to compare them just based on their conformation and tell me what you think.

I will put pictures of one in one comment and pictures of the other in another comment (I’m not sure how to separate them if I try to add them here). I know very little about what makes a sturdy, healthy goat, so any advice or information is welcome!
 

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And here are photos of Suki. I don’t think I’m very good at taking pictures of goats. Sorry. Lol. They don’t stand still very much.
 

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Can you retake pictures of both so the are on level ground and the photo is level with their height. Be careful of shadows
 

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Get front, side, nose and from behind views if you can.

Also. Are they always that rusty color? They may need some copper.
They have been this color since they were born. Their dad was solid black and their mom is brown, so I think it's just how they look - I did give all my goats copper boluses in February too.
 

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Better pics of the second. Thanks for telling me how to get better pics for conformation! I'm pretty new to goats still and I've never done this before.
 

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Overall i like the second better than the first.
Oh, yay! She's my favorite - and has been since she was like half a day old, lol! Such a sweetheart and so curious and playful, right from the beginning. What do you think I should look for in a buck for her? I don't know much about what makes a sturdy healthy goat. Is there a good website you can recommend I read for conformation stuff?
 

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Oh, yay! She's my favorite - and has been since she was like half a day old, lol! Such a sweetheart and so curious and playful, right from the beginning. What do you think I should look for in a buck for her? I don't know much about what makes a sturdy healthy goat. Is there a good website you can recommend I read for conformation stuff?
I put up a bunch of pics i got from fb on conformation in this post.

https://www.thegoatspot.net/threads/trying-to-learn-more-about-conformation.212161/#post-2371213
 

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I'm no expert at conformation. But, I am a rump girl. Lol. Both of those goats have steep rumps so if it were me and I definitely wanted to keep one, I would be looking for a buck that is really super level. Make sure you look back at his dam, sire, and granddams if possible. The other thing I always look at is udder attachments when I'm looking for a buck.
 

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The First
Pros:
Correctness on feet and legs
Depth in barrel
Depth of chest/brisket
Width of rump
Tightness of shoulders

Cons
Steepness in rump
Narrow bodied
Her back end being higher than her front could be do to her still growing into herself

Shes a nice doe with a lot of potential
 

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The second
Pros
Width of chest
Smoothness of blending from withers to hips
Correctness on feet and legs
Depth of barrel and chest floor
Width of rump

Cons
Steepness of rump
Narrow in escutcheon
I would like to see more length of body

Overall I do agree she is the better doe. I would like to see you breed either to a wider more correct buck
 

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The second
Pros
Width of chest
Smoothness of blending from withers to hips
Correctness on feet and legs
Depth of barrel and chest floor
Width of rump

Cons
Steepness of rump
Narrow in escutcheon
I would like to see more length of body

Overall I do agree she is the better doe. I would like to see you breed either to a wider more correct buck
Wonderful! I appreciate this so much. So I should look for a buck with a not-steep rump and maybe taller in the front? I will have to look up what an escutcheon is, heh.
 

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I'm no expert at conformation. But, I am a rump girl. Lol. Both of those goats have steep rumps so if it were me and I definitely wanted to keep one, I would be looking for a buck that is really super level. Make sure you look back at his dam, sire, and granddams if possible. The other thing I always look at is udder attachments when I'm looking for a buck.
Great! Thank you so much for the advice. Thanks again to everyone else too. I really appreciate you guys so much. I'm learning tons here. This forum is wonderful.
 
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