Last Updated on March 9, 2023 by Dr. Ali Shahid
The Teddy goat is one of the most popular goat breeds in India and Pakistan. Their tasty meat makes them the first choice of goat farmers. They’re very hardy goats that can adapt to any situation. Additionally, they’re immune to most diseases that affect other goats.
The population of these animals triples in one year as they multiply very quickly. Teddy refers to a small goat breed and is given that name due to its small size.
Although they do not produce a large amount of milk, they produce a large amount of meat within a short period. In general, this is a wonderful breed of meat goat. Keep reading this article to learn more about the teddy goat.
History of Teddy Goats
It cannot be said that this breed of goat is hundreds of years old or that it is one of the oldest breeds of goat in Pakistan. Mostly based on folklore, the breed’s origins are lost in the mists of time.
Saanen goats or Frances de Gessenay goats are thought to be Teddy’s ancestors. In Pakistan, Teddy goats have been imported from Bangladesh and Chittagong since 1950. The primary purpose of raising this animal is to produce meat or Chevon.
It is very rare for goats to produce even a half liter of milk in a day because the lactation rate is very low.
The Teddy goat is distinguished by its small legs and small horns on its head. If you were looking at them from the front, they would look like deer. The necks and ears of these animals are much smaller when compared to the size of their abdomens.
Compared to other goat breeds they have low heights. The weight of a male at the time of birth is approximately 1600 grams, and the weight of a female is approximately 1400 grams. The male weighs 16 kg at 6 months, while the female weighs 14 kg.
Teddy Goat Behavior
Teddy goats are highly adaptable to varying environmental conditions such as extreme temperatures, high humidity, and high atmospheric pressure.
They’re friendly, docile, and always mind their own business. Unlike some other goat breeds, they’re hardy and don’t need much care.
When it’s cold, Teddy goats graze on greener pastures 97% of the time. In Pakistan, the summers are hot, so this naive animal can’t spend much time outside. There’s a 70% reduction in grazing time during summer.
Teddy Goat Weight
Teddy goats’ weight depends on their age, gender, and health. In general, dams weigh 11-15 kg at 24 months, 16-20 kg at 18 months, and 21-26 kg at 42 months.
Generally, male Teddy goats weigh approximately 42 kg while female Teddy goats weigh approximately 36 kg.
The goat’s characteristics are the same as those of Dera din Panah, Gulabi, and Nachi, which are also Pakistani goats.
Breeding Teddy Goat
A Teddy goat is an excellent breeder when it comes to producing offspring. They can produce up to four offspring at a time. Within a year, they are capable of tripling their number.
It is for this reason that farmers in Pakistan and India prefer to farm goats of this breed. Dystocia is one of the issues that are associated with teddy goats.
Dystocia is hard to fix manually on Teddy goats because of their small size. The majority of the time, it is necessary to deliver offspring by C-section.
Teddy Goat Price
The price range of Teddy goats is constantly changing as there are several factors to consider when determining the cost of a Teddy goat. As goat farming grows, prices for different goat breeds are on the rise, however, Teddy goats are relatively inexpensive.
Price ranges from 10000 PKR to 70000 PKR for males and females. The average price range for a healthy, mature adult Teddy goat is 15000-20000 Pakistani rupees. If it is still beyond your budget, you may wish to consider purchasing a dam or young Teddy.
A price cannot be fixed due to factors such as age, gender, and health. The location of the goat breed plays a very important role since the price of this goat breed differs from area to area.
Health Problems of Teddy Goat
Teddy goats are relatively hardy breeds, and they can adapt to a lot of different environments. Furthermore, they are resistant to most diseases. However, they are still susceptible to diseases such as PPR, Contagious Ecthyma, Leptospirosis, and Listeriosis.
It is better to follow the vaccination schedule for a healthy Teddy Goat. Generally speaking, they are very hardy goat breeds that are unlikely to be infected with many diseases.
To summarize, Teddy goats are small in size, but they serve a much bigger purpose than their size might suggest. The animals are raised and bred to meet the growing demands of Chevon, so their population is constantly growing. I hope all your questions about Pakistan’s famous Teddy goat breed have been answered.
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Dr. Ali Shahid is a veterinarian by profession and CEO at provets. He loves to treat animals and has great expertise in veterinary products. Our aim is to provide the best information related to your animal health.