Pygmy goats, the most common type of miniature goat, are under 2 feet in height where the neck joins the rest of the body. "Teacup" is an unofficial term describing miniature breeds of animals, usually dogs.
Pygmy goats have proportionally smaller heads, shorter appendages and thicker bodies than other goats. Registered pygmy goats must be one of seven color and pattern combinations, such as caramel with black accents or black with white accents. Most people keep pygmy goats as pets or for milk. Originally from Africa, pygmy goats can adapt to a variety of climates. Outside of the United States, miniature goats may also include Nigerian dwarf goats and Australian miniature goats, the latter of which became a recognized breed in 2000.