In my experience which I had a couple goats a few years ago and knew absolutely nothing about them and recently started my heard 6 months ago. So not a lot but someone else may chime in. But if you are considering having registered goats eventually it is wise to start off that way. In the long run you may be spending more money and time trying to get bloodlines and mixed babies out of your herd. Again I'm new at this alsoI don't want this little guy. He is cute but not what I am looking for, just wondering and trying to learn. I know in horses it is common to haggle. I really want to stick with Nubians for now. Maybe not registered stock yet, but at least Nubians. I want to have some idea what I am doing also, before I bite off more than I can chew.