Discussion in 'Mini Mania' started by farmgirl42, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. farmgirl42

    farmgirl42 New Member

    Jan 2, 2010
    Eastern Ohio
    Hi. I currently breed standard Oberhasli, but I'm thinking of expanding into mini-Obies. Until today, the only registry I was aware of for mini-Obies was the MDGA. However, now I read about NMGA. Is one or the other "better" to register with? If registration of mini-Obies can be done with both, is there a reason to, or would just MDGA suffice?
    Thanks for your thoughts!
  2. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    MDGA is strictly for mini obers mini nubians mini manchas etc (the standard dairy goat mixed with a nigerian)

    NMGA is for any miniature goat -- can be a pygmy, kinder type, pygmyX nigerian mix

    So if you want to have registered mini Obers I suggest the MDGA

  3. kelebek

    kelebek New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    South Texas
    more then likely the adults / kids will be to large to register with the NMGA.

    I would look more towards the other - only because you are doing the "mini" standards - does that make sense?
  4. Seven Dwarfs

    Seven Dwarfs New Member

    Jan 17, 2010
    Brush Prairie Wa
    Here is the height standards for NMGA (National Miniature Goat Association)
    HEIGHT- Miniature goats MUST meet height requirements for registration.
    Maximum measurements for PUREBRED book:

    Height at Withers, Length of Cannon

    0-6 Months 18 in., 4 in.

    6-12 Months 21 in., 4 in.

    1 and Older 23 in., 4 ½ in.


    0-6 Months 18 in., 4 ¼ in.

    6-12 Months 22 ½ in., 4 ¼ in.

    1 and Older 24 ½ in., 5 in.

    Maximum measurements for FOUNDATION book:

    DOES Height at Withers, Length of Cannon

    0-6 Months 24 in., 4 in.

    6-12 Months 28 in., 5 in.

    1 and older 30 in., 6 in.


    0-6 Months 24 in., 4 ¼ in.

    6-12 Months 28 ½ in., 5 in.

    1 and Older 30 in., 6 in.

    Here is MDGA (Miniature Dairy Goat Association)

    On all mini breeds the required minimum height for American and Purebred shall be:

    Minimum height:
    Does: 23” Bucks 24”

    Measurements are taken at the highest part of the withers with the animal standing in a normal stance.

    For Maximum heights view the Breed Standard for your breed.

    I have one doe who is a purebred nigerian dwarf ( she is very nice) but is not registered AGS or ADGA. So I had her registered as a miniature with NMGA. I will be breeding her to my ND buck (reg. AGS, ADGA & NMGA)

    If you have a registered full size dairy goat and breed to a Registered Nigerian Dwarf then you would want to go with MDGA. The breed standard is taller then a Nigerian Dwarf but shorter then a full size dairy goat. Each mini with MDGA (Nubian, LaMancha, Alpine, Oberhasli, Saanen, Toggenburg) have there own standards
  5. myfainters

    myfainters New Member

    Oct 29, 2009
    Lancaster, CA
    Wow.... the maximum height allowed for a mini fainter is 21 in. for either sex.... and you can't even register them until 3 years of age to be sure they will not go grow taller after 2.
  6. farmgirl42

    farmgirl42 New Member

    Jan 2, 2010
    Eastern Ohio
    Thanks, everyone. :) It seems that MDGA is the way for me to go.