Fun Nubian Goat Facts For Kids

Devangana Rathore
May 09, 2023 By Devangana Rathore
Originally Published on Aug 05, 2021
Edited by Monisha Kochhar
Fun Nubian Goat facts.
Age: 3-18
Read time: 6.7 Min

What goat can say that their breeds got to travel the world?

Well, the Nubain Goat surely can.

Known for their meat production and fat content (butterfat), and their high quality of produce, these breeds have their origin in the British Isles.

From their native land of England, over the 19th century, they traveled to countries like India, Africa, and the United States of America, where not only were they imported as livestock for their produce (milk, fat content), but were also assimilated into the warm climates that were nothing like their native characteristics.

At 30 in tall, they are ideal for breeding and meat production, and many places now consider them as ideal livestock for their meat, and milk products, with even minimum production exceeding the general standards.

Do you want to know more about their history from England too so many locations, where they were imported as livestock, as well as strange facts about their ears, their convex head, their breeding, meat, and life all year round? Then read on!

If you enjoy such facts about the Anglo Nubian Goat, then do also check out fun facts about other animals such as the pygmy goat and wild goats.

Nubian Goat Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Nubian goat?

The Nubian dairy goat is a type of goat.

What class of animal does a Nubian goat belong to?

Nubian goats belong to the class of mammals.

How many Nubian goats are there in the world?

This dairy goat population in the world is estimated to be about 450 million. Talk about the Anglo-Nubian Goat having a large history!

Where does a Nubian goat live?

Usually, these Nubian goats who prefer hot climates, live on a farm as livestock. However, some generous owners keep the imported Anglo Nubian Goats as pets too!

What is a Nubian goat's habitat?

These dairy Anglo-Nubian goats can live in hot climates, but they prefer to graze in fields in temperate climates. Nubian goats' primary habitat requirements are grass to eat and a clean, ventilated shelter.

Who do Nubian goats live with?

These Nubians are social farm animals that are also very sociable with humans. These adorable breed dairy goats with lop ears have extremely sweet and submissive personalities.

How long does a Nubian goat live?

The lifespan of this dairy Nubian goat is 10-15 years. Sometimes, the Anglo Nubian Goat can even live longer, but such cases are low.

How do they reproduce?

Goats will reach sexual maturity as young as six months old. During the breeding season, bucks emit a strong musk-like odor to attract the doe.

After the breeding season passes, these breeds of Nubian goats are pregnant for 140-160 days on average. The Anglo-Nubians only have babies (called kids) once a year, in late winter or early spring, since it corresponds with the only breeding season they have.

While twins are common, single and triplet births are also not uncommon. Unlike many goats, they do not reproduce all year round.

What is their conservation status?

The conservation status of Nubian goats is not at risk. Although, the conservation status of the Anglo Nubian Breed in the countries like the United Kingdom (especially England) was Endangered in 2020. Imported kids performed better in terms of minimum population.

Nubian Goat Fun Facts

What do Nubian goats look like?

The Nubian is a large dairy goat breed and is also known as the Anglo-Nubian. This Nubian breed has short upturned tails and long, pendulous ears that reach an inch beyond the face. The hair is short, fine, and glossy, and the coloring is mostly reddish, often with spots or mottling patterns, and maybe black, tan, or red.

Nubian Goats.

How cute are they?

Nubian goat breeds are known to be especially bright and curious goats. The Nubian dairy goat is a big, proud, and graceful dairy goat with roots in India and Egypt.

The Nubian, which is sometimes portrayed as an aristocratic animal, has pendulous ears and a Roman nose. The Anglo-Nubian goat's short coat may be solid, parti-color, or spotted in any color. Overall, it is a pretty sweet animal.

How do they communicate?

The Anglo-Nubian goat communicates by bleating at each other. Anglo-Nubian mothers sometimes call to their young (children) to ensure that they remain close by. Soon after the mothers give birth, the mother and kid goats recognize each other's calls.

How big is a Nubian goat?

The Anglo-Nubian doe must be at least 30 in tall and weigh at least 135 lb, while bucks must be at least 32 in tall and weigh at least 170 lb.

The head is the breed's defining feature, with a highly convex facial profile between the eyes and the muzzle (close to the head), commonly referred to as a 'Roman nose.' In comparison, Nigerian Dwarfs weigh on average 100 lb (bucks a little more) and stand 23-29 in tall for does and up to 31 in tall for bucks.

So the Anglo breed is bigger than the Nigerian Dwarf goat.

How fast can a Nubian goat run?

This breed can run with an average speed of 10 mph for several miles.

How much does a Nubian goat weigh?

The Anglo goat is sometimes referred to as the Jersey cow of the goat nation. The udder is broad, pendulous, and has larger teats. Bucks weigh 65-80 kg, although doe weighs 50-60 kg.

What are the male and female names of the species?

Bucks and billys, the male goats, typically have a beard. Does or nannies are the specific names, that are used for female breeds.  

What would you call a baby Nubian goat?

The immature baby of Anglo-Nubian is called a kid.

What do they eat?

Anglo-Nubian goats thrive on healthy alfalfa hay and dairy goat grain concentrates in addition to pasture. If a local feed store doesn't have milk goat feed, opt for a high-protein goat chow instead. Although proper feeding is important for any goat, it is particularly important for a milk-producing doe.

Are they dangerous?

Several goat breeds are naturally rude and offensive. However, their numbers are small, and the vast majority of goats are friendly and well-behaved in the wild. They can begin biting, kicking, or acting aggressively against other goats or even humans. Anglo-Nubians are a quiet and calm British breed.

Would they make a good pet?

The British breed Anglo Nubian is considered to be particularly bright and inquisitive. These adorable lop-eared breeds have extremely sweet and submissive personalities. Nubian breeds are often kept not only for milk production but also as farm pets due to their friendly nature.

Did you know...

This breed is named after the country where it originated in the Nile Valley's upper reaches (Nubia). In the United States, the Nubian is the most common dairy goat breed. In 1896, the first Nubians were introduced to the United States.

To reduce the number of invasive species and other unwanted plants such as poison ivy, this breed of dairy goats is often permitted to graze in wetlands and other environmentally controlled areas.

Anglo-Nubian goats are known for having a high butterfat yield in their high-quality milk, with an average butterfat content of 5% or more.

Only others like Nigerian Dwarf, the Pygmy, as well as the Boer goat breeds, can boast of having higher milk yields, However, they are not very likely to be used in large-scale milk processing, such as dairy or cheese manufacturing.

Many people who are allergic to cow's milk can tolerate goat's milk butter.

The Anglo breed goat's long pendulous ears helped it stay cool in the hot climate of Africa, which is the origin country of this goat with glossy hair and a Roman nose. The goats' eyes have horizontal pupils, which give them a broader range of peripheral vision to keep an eye out for predators.

What are Nubian goats good for?

The breed of Nubian goats is versatile animals that are bred for milk, meat and hides. They don't produce a lot of milk, but their milk has more butterfat and flavor than other breeds. It is good for the production of cheese and occasionally, meat.

Are Nubian goats friendly?

Nubians with Roman noses have sociable, outgoing, and outspoken personalities. The Nubian is often referred to as the 'Lop-Eared Goat' or 'Greyhound Goat' because of its long ears and sleek body. This goat is an intelligent animal.

Nubian goats are considered to be particularly bright and inquisitive. These adorable lop-eared breeds have extremely sweet and submissive personalities. Nubian goats are often kept not only for milk production but also as farm pets due to their friendly nature.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals from our Somali wild asses surprising facts and greater mouse-eared bat facts.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our Nubian goat coloring pages.

africa india england

Get directions
We Want Your Photos!
We Want Your Photos!

We Want Your Photos!

Do you have a photo you are happy to share that would improve this article?
Email your photos

More for You

See All

Written by Devangana Rathore

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English Language, Master of Philosophy

Devangana Rathore picture

Devangana RathoreBachelor of Arts specializing in English Language, Master of Philosophy

Devangana is a highly accomplished content writer and a deep thinker with a Master's degree in Philosophy from Trinity College, Dublin. With a wealth of experience in copywriting, she has worked with The Career Coach in Dublin and is constantly looking to enhance her skills through online courses from some of the world's leading universities. Devangana has a strong background in computer science and is also an accomplished editor and social media manager. Her leadership skills were honed during her time as the literacy society president and student president at the University of Delhi.

Read full bio >