Registration Guidelines


The Miniature Dairy Goat Association registers animals that are the offspring of a registered standard dairy goat and a purebred, registered Nigerian Dwarf dairy goat. The parents of the animal for which registration application is being made must be registered as “American” or “Purebred” with one or more of the following associations: American Dairy Goat Association, American Goat Society, Nigerian Dwarf Goat Registry, or the Canadian Goat Society. (“Grade” and “Experimental” are covered in another section.)

Acceptable parent breeds for miniature dairy goats include: Alpine, LaMancha, Nubian, Oberhasli, Saanen, Sable, Toggenburg, and Nigerian Dwarf.

Breeds that are NOT acceptable include: Pygmy, Boer, Angora, or any other non-dairy goat breed.

As the generations from the original crossbreeding advance, MDGA uses different categories for registrations, called “herdbooks.” MDGA has four herdbooks: - “Experimental,” “American,” “Purebred” and “Grade.”

*If there is any question about a kid(s) sire, i.e. more than one buck in a doe pen, All kids will be required to have a DNA test completed as well as at least one of the bucks (if there are only 2 bucks in question) will need to be tested in order to register the kid(s).

Grade Rule Changes

The following is an important change to the previous policy regarding accepting new grade animals to the registry:

From January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 the descendants of all new grades registered will no longer be able to grade up to attain Purebred status; grading up will stop at American status. Offspring of grades, from MDGA registrations on file prior to January 1, 2020, will be exempted from the “American status only” and will be eligible to grade up, provided that there is an unbroken line of registered animals in good standing with MDGA.

At the end of the day December 31, 2020 the Registry will close the book to accepting New Grade animals; no further grade animals will be entered into the registry at that point. Existing grades will be held to the official rules under which they were registered.

Timeframe for submitting paperwork  Effective June 1,

All paperwork with supporting documents, including photos, service memos, bill of sale, etc., and full payment are to be submitted within 7 (seven) days of initiating the registration/transfer etc.

If you have any question as to the required info needed, contact the office for help.

If, after 7 days you have not sent everything required, your data will be put in a suspense folder, and you will be given notice that you have 7 days to complete, or your process will be halted, materials will be returned at member’s cost, and the process will need to be re-initiated, including required fees.

MDGA encourages any member that ‘is in the process’ of sending required follow up photos, documentation, payment, or anything else to complete their requested registration &/or transfer, be submitted to the appropriate staff member by June 1. Timely submission means less room for error, backtracking and follow up, and more time getting things processed for our members!

Important: Send application along with pictures showing full side of body, head on of face, & profile of head


“Experimentals” are miniature dairy goats that are usually first- or second- generation miniature dairy goats (F1 and F2). These individuals do not have to meet the breed standards of their chosen breed. View the breed standards here. Any third-generation or higher miniature dairy goat that does not meet the standards for the specific breed will also be registered as an “Experimental” with an * after the registration number indicating it does not conform.


Americans” are miniature dairy goats that are usually third-, fourth-, and fifth- generation miniature dairy goats (F3, F4, and F5). Each animal MUST meet ALL standards for its specific breed and must be no more than 70% of either of the original breeds (standard dairy goat and Nigerian Dwarf). If an animal belongs to one of these generations but does not meet ALL standards for its specific breed, it will be entered into the “Experimental” herdbook instead of into the “American” herdbook with * after the registration number. This is in accordance with MDGA’s 70/30 Rule, which requires that a goat have no more than 70% or no less than 30% of either of its parent breeds in order for it to be accepted in the “American” and “Purebred” herdbooks.)


“Purebreds” are miniature dairy goats that are sixth-generation (F6) or higher miniature dairy goats. A “Purebred” MUST meet ALL standards for its specified breed and must meet the conditions of the 70/30 Rule.

MDGA's Herdbook

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MDGA's GRADE Herdbook

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Registry to Registry

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