Goats: What You Should Know

Goats are a genus of mammals. Among them is the wild goat, from which the domestic goat was eventually bred. When we talk about goats, we usually mean domestic goats. Along with dogs and sheep, goats are the most common domestic animals in the world. Wild relatives of domestic goats are the ibex and chamois in our Alps.

The female animal is called a goat or goat, the male is the buck. The young animal is called a kid, a kid, or a kid, as in the fairy tale “The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids”. In Switzerland, it is called Gitzi. Goats have horns: females have short horns that are only slightly curved, while males have horns that are strongly curved and can grow to over a meter in length.
Goats tend to live in the mountains. They are good, safe climbers. They are very frugal animals. They also eat very hard and dry food. They are even more frugal than sheep and even more frugal than dairy cows.

People, therefore, got used to goats more than 13,000 years ago, in the Stone Age. This probably happened in the Near East. Then they bred the goats so that they could be more and more useful to them. Goats not only give meat but milk every day. Goat leather is also very popular. Even today, many tourists buy jackets or belts made of goatskin when on vacation in oriental countries.

Goats are mammals. They become sexually mature around the first year of life, so they can then mate and make young. The gestation period is about five months. Most often twins are born.

The goat suckles her kids for about ten months. Adult animals are ruminants. They swallow their food into a forestomach, then regurgitate it and chew it properly. Then they swallow the food down into the correct stomach.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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