I've kept ferrets for years, they made great pets for an apartment dweller and I loved them. but now that I'll finally have a yard of my own next year, I've been thinking about getting a different kind of pet. I'm allergic to cats, boo! Dogs are cute and lovable, but I'm always on the fence with dogs. The big ones scare me, and they all seem really needy. They get into stuff (worse than ferrets) and I don't like dog poop. After having kept ferrets, I'm painfully aware of the lack of good exotic vets in my small town, and I'm done driving 4 hours to get them taken care of. No more exotics for me. My Mother in law said her niece kept pygmy goats, I googled miniature goats and discovered Nigerian dwarfs. I've been obsessed. My yard will be big enough for a pair of Nigie wethers, there's a breeder in town who I'm sure will let me bottle feed. Our house will be on multi use land, so I think it will be okay. I also found a few reputable goat vets in town. There are a lot of goat people around to offer advice and help. When I talk about the idea with others, they automatically assume I want them for dairy, I don't eat dairy so no. And so now I'm wondering if it's considered weird to want them just as pets? so I thought I would ask you, the Nigerian Dwarf community. Would you recommend ND's as companion pets? Would you, or do any of you, keep Nigies for reasons other than dairy? I have a sort of list of pros and cons for getting goats, let me know if you have anything to add. Pros: 1. They're said to be affectionate and gentle 2. I'm not afraid of getting bitten 3. They're small! 4. They're vegan, like me! 5. Hay is cheaper than dog food 6. You can teach them tricks 7. It will be fun to build toys and things for them to climb on 8. Super cute! 9. I can use their poop for the garden 10. They're said to be hardy 11. You have to get two! 12. I can take them on walks and hikes around town. 13. Sweaters 14. Getting to watch them hop and head butt each other 15. Might let me pick them up 16. More independent than a dog. 17. If we go away on vacation, It'll be easy for my Dad to watch them. 18. They live way longer than ferrets. Cons: 1. I'm afraid of them getting attacked by dogs! So many people let their dog off leash in my town, it makes me nervous. 2. Can't keep them in house. Might be able to put a diaper on them and let them hang out and watch a movie with me. 3. They like to escape. Jump Out. 4. They might eat something poisonous or bloat. 5. Could get their head stuck 6. Got to watch those horns! (still I'm not planning to disbud them) 7. Not sure I can take them with us when we go to visit family, Not sure if they can handle long car rides. 8. Wouldn't want them to get in the garden. 9. I'm not as familiar with them, and am unsure of how challenging they might be compared to other types of pets 10. Probably won't go swimming or want to play in the water. Pro/Con: 1. They like to jump on stuff. 2. They make goat noises instead of barking 3. Have to have a shelter and a tall fence I'm aware that every animal comes with challenges and needs a responsible person to look after them. I've heard that miniature goats are sort of trendy right now, and unfortunately people get them only to get bored with them and ditch them. I'm not that kind of person, and that's why I'm doing research now. So pretty please if you could tell me more about your nigies. And feel free to dish out the advice. Thanks so much!