San Clemente Island goats make wonderful pets. Just because you take your breeding program seriously, it doesn't mean that you can't have fun with your goats while you're at it. Not very many San Clemente Island goats have been raised as companion animals, so they have a reputation of being shy. This is because the does have passed down their heritage to the kids, and this includes teaching them attitudes. These goats are only shy because of the way they were raised.
San Clemente Island goats are by nature sweet-tempered, gentle, and intelligent. A shy or aloof goat will respond well to gentle handling and kindness. A San Clemente Island goat who has had close and positive interaction with people since birth will be as tame and trainable as any other pet goat.
It is recommended that San Clemente Island goats be dam-raised, and never bottle-fed. To tame a baby goat, hold it very, very closely for a few minutes each day in the presence of its mother. Let it become calm with you, and return it to its mother. The kid will bond to you, and this will not interfere with the mother-kid relationship.
Beginning goat owners are welcome to contact us with any questions. We're here to help you.
If you're a novice or aspiring goat owner, please visit our Novice Page.
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San Clemente Island Goat Association
3037 Halfway Road
The Plains, VA 20198