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I'm probably going to start an argument here (lol), but, which mini's are the most affectionate? I cared for 13, full-sized, Nubians, and absolutely loved them!! Are the Mini Nubians as affectionate? What about Dwarf Nigerians? I am going to help someone else choose, who wants a couple minis, and for myself, as well.
 

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My NDs are sweet and snobbish. It depends on the individual and the day. One was a snuggle bug lap goat as a baby, and now that she's an adult (and hopefully pregnant) she doesn't want anything to do with anyone, including her best buddy from kid-hood. The herd queen has never been a lap pet, but loves a good neck scratch. The bucklings are all sugar. They love cuddles. The girls get moody around heats, but that's understandable.
 

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My Mini-Nubian was a bottle baby. I got her at 4 days old. She is SUPER sweet and and loves to be rubbed/petted/loved on. I also have a full-sized Nubian doeling that I bottle raised. She is very affectionate as well and LOVES to be rubbed. My other Nubians, most of whom were dam raised I think, are sweet too, but not as "in-your-lap" as a bottle baby will be.
I have a Mini-Lamancha too and she isn't as affectionate but that may be because she was dam-raised, and was really attached to her mama at first. At two months old she was very wild, but we managed to tame her down. I love both of my Minis though!

This is my little Mini-Nubian, Hildy, she was about 3 months old in this picture. When she wants attention (which is always) she will rest her head against my leg and gently push until I pet her.
 

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In my opinion, it's a goat-by-goat basis. That being said, I've only ever owned 5 goats of 2 breeds. My ND bottle baby will take a running start and jump into my lap, then just curl up and stay for hours. My other ND, however, is very skittish and kind of standoffish. She doesn't even seem curious about these people who come in and feed her.
 

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My Mini-Nubian was a bottle baby. I got her at 4 days old. She is SUPER sweet and and loves to be rubbed/petted/loved on. I also have a full-sized Nubian doeling that I bottle raised. She is very affectionate as well and LOVES to be rubbed. My other Nubians, most of whom were dam raised I think, are sweet too, but not as "in-your-lap" as a bottle baby will be.
I have a Mini-Lamancha too and she isn't as affectionate but that may be because she was dam-raised, and was really attached to her mama at first. At two months old she was very wild, but we managed to tame her down. I love both of my Minis though!

This is my little Mini-Nubian, Hildy, she was about 3 months old in this picture. When she wants attention (which is always) she will rest her head against my leg and gently push until I pet her.
 

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In my opinion, it's a goat-by-goat basis. That being said, I've only ever owned 5 goats of 2 breeds. My ND bottle baby will take a running start and jump into my lap, then just curl up and stay for hours. My other ND, however, is very skittish and kind of standoffish. She doesn't even seem curious about these people who come in and feed her.
I love the jumping in the lap thing!! How completely adorable!!! Sad, about the other... I love a 'vecro' goatie!!
 

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I've got 4 minis and they're personalities are all over the place. One is shy + sassy, one is a total mama's boy but also dominant, one is the herd queen and kind of a jerk but super affectionate, and one is shy and docile sometimes standoffish. It truly depends on the individual goat.
What kind of minis do you have?
 

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I have 2 Nigerian's. I'm new to goats and while they weren't bottle babies Ellie has become a lap goat. She does have her diva moments like when she wants the chair and you tell her no and she rolls her head...kind of like my daughters did when they were teenagers. The male, he lets me scratch him for about 10 seconds.
 

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I have 14 NDs, 1 mini nubian, and 1 nigora. The mini nubian is super sweet, follows me around and pushes on my leg for attention. 4 of the dwarves were bottle babies and literally want to be standing on your back or in your lap at all times. The other 10 dwarves are all pretty friendly, took them a good week to come around, but grain works wonders. They love being brushed and getting scratches. My nigora is a pain to catch, but calms down when you've got her. She's recently started approaching me out in the pasture and letting me pet her, I think she's just more nervous than the others.
 

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I have 20 some ND and a minimancha. I think their friendliness depends more on being a bottle baby than breed. All of mine are pretty well socialized and lovable, but the bottle babies are the ones who consistently seek me out.
 

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I have six Nigerian Dwarfs. Four of them are quite affectionate. One of the young wethers is a bit skittish, and the buck is shy and only comes to us if we have food. But one of the does will walk right up to you and inspect your pockets to see if you have treats!
 

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It all depends on what you want to do with the goats. Pets or livestock. I have Oreo, now 2, when she found us we didn't know what to do with a goat. We found she was a ND. Once we got the right bedding and food, bath, and dewormed she started warming up to us.Lots of brushing, and talking to she was content to lay next to us on the couch and watch TV. A month later she had Feta, not a ND. Feta was mule colored with fuzzy hair. Much different build then her mom Oreo. More a barrel with legs. Being born on the deck, and living last winter in the back bathroom ( in an igloo house) both goats are very loving. But not to everyone. It took over a week for them to warm up to my 15yr old granddaughter. But now the goats have been here a year we all have a routine. I think our favorite time of day is when we hang out on the steps of our deck, the girls walk over our feet to get into our laps. We change off on which ones we hold as they do get jelious if they think the other one is getting more attention. They love to check pockets for treats and chips.
 

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I have 6 Nigerians and all of them are very sweet! A couple were bottle babies, and one was raised here. I have one gal who took a little time to warm up, and she still sometimes runs from my husband, but loves to get brushed and pet by me! Like others have said, I think it depends on the individual goat, how they were raised and their personality, but in my experience, NDs have a tendency to be very sweet even if some of them might take a little time to warm up!
 
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