When buying a goat, there are several things to consider. Firstly, why do you want to own a goat? Is it for meat, milk or a pet? Then, you can determine what breed you would like. Visiting local goat breeders can help you determine a good goat for you.
While it is possible to buy a goat sight unseen, you should visit the breeder before you make a purchase. This gives you a firsthand look at how the breeder treats the goats and affords you an opportunity to ask questions of the breeder and find out more about the background of the goat.
Because goats are herd animals and very social, it is advised that you keep at least two, as they do not do well alone. It is important to consider the space requirements of goats as well. Goats are best suited to be outdoors, and you need to provide them with appropriate shelter, space and fencing. Goats are naturally curious animals, therefore proper fencing is especially important to keep them from getting into mischief. It is also important to consider the amount of time you can devote to caring for your goats as, being farm animals, they need care and feeding year round.