why do my goats spine hairs stand up sometimes?

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by bree00, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. bree00

    bree00 New Member

    Jun 8, 2009
    South Carolina
    the hairs on there back spine stick up some times. and do goats lick people like dogs? :question:
  2. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    Spine hairs will stick up because they feel threatened by something...or when they show agression to each other...and yes they will lick at your skin for the salt. Not neccessarily showing affection..like a dog will.

  3. keren

    keren owned by goats

    Oct 26, 2008
    they often do it to make themselves look bigger and more impressive - when they are fighting or rumbling or establishing pecking order etc. they occasionally do it when they are unhappy, or just when they are cold

    goats lick people but not for the same reasons as dogs. goats lick to get the salt off your skin. but also sometimes you just get an oddball that likes to like you lol I have one called chelsea - she just doesnt leave me alone
  4. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Yes..... I agree with everyone......... :wink: :greengrin:
  5. Epona142

    Epona142 The farm that Hope began

    May 25, 2008
    Madisonville, TX
    Yup, every time Hope sees a dog her hair stands up and she gets ready to beat them up. She also licks my skin for the salt.
  6. Dreamchaser

    Dreamchaser New Member

    Oct 29, 2008
    Camp Verde, AZ
    Yeah, when my goats hair stands up, It reminds me of a dog. Have you ever seen a dog ready to fight before? Their hair stands up on it's spine the same way. There could be something tasty on your skin sometimes, mine will lick if I have eaten something they like the smell of.
  7. sweetgoats

    sweetgoats Moderator

    Oct 18, 2007
    Peyton CO.
    We get a kick out of them when two are playing and the hair stands up on their back, it looks so funny. It looks really funny when the babies do it and they think or act like they are going to take on a big one.
  8. Thanatos

    Thanatos New Member

    Mar 16, 2009
    Lake Ariel, Pa
    my two nigies do the hair thing ALL the time. I think its histerical a little goatie mohawk :greengrin: and mine have never licked me, but they lick all kinds of other stuff.
  9. BeeLady

    BeeLady New Member

    Its the goat version of raised hackles.