As most know from my intro post I don't have goats of my own yet but am helping my mother care for some Nigerian Dwarf/Pygmy crosses that were a last minute drop off. After meeting the Nigerian Dwarfs I love their cute faces and their small size is very appealing to me as I have toddlers who are very outdoorsy and want to help me with anything I do (meaning they'll be on my tail when I feed ect. ect ) I'm wanting goats (though no more than 4-6 total) to help keep things grazed down and to use for milk (just for my family..no large scale production plans in our future ever, lol).....and of course my kids will think they've just got lucky and talked mommy into MORE pets..lol. What (in each of your own opinions) is the best dairy goat to start out with?? What breed of goats do you have and what made you choose them? I'm honestly not familar with all the breeds....Of course I've seen Nubians, Alpines and Nigerian Dwarfs but never have I seen (or heard of honestly) a Lamancha until I joined this group Also...I honestly do NOT want a buck on the property...I would prefer to have does only. However I know I'd have to have my does bred in order to be able to milk them so do many goat breeders offer stud service out to people like me? I have no plans to show or breed just to produce kids so is it nessary that I purchase registered goats? Sorry if it seems like a ton of questions.....I'm a dog fanactic and do my best to spread the word about puppymills, BYBers and help people choose reputable breeders (or rescues) for their dogs. I recently lost my beloved Great Dane and even before he was gone I researched breeders for over 2 years before I finally settled on the one my next pup will be coming from and I wasn't sure if I had to be just as careful and cautious about my goat shopping as well. When I was looking for my Dane I attended shows, talked to breeders, looked at pedigrees (obviously) the breeders "track record" at shows and asked for proof on all health test such as OFA, CERF, Thyroid ect. ect Are there any health test that should be done on goats and if so what are they and what sort of proof would I ask for? Thanks for your input! This board is such a wealth of knowledge!