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In temperate climates and among the Swiss breeds, the breeding season commences as the day length shortens, and ends in early spring or before.In equatorial regions, goats are able to breed at any time of the year.At the bottom of the size range are miniature breeds such as the African Pygmy, which stand 41 to 58 cm (16 to 23 in) at the shoulder as adults.Most goats naturally have two horns, of various shapes and sizes depending on the breed.Many breeders prefer to postpone breeding until the doe has reached 70% of the adult weight.However, this separation is rarely possible in extensively managed, open-range herds.
Does of any breed or region come into estrus (heat) every 21 days for two to 48 hours.
Goats have horns unless they are "polled" (meaning, genetically hornless) or the horns have been removed, typically soon after birth.
There have been incidents of polycerate goats (having as many as eight horns), although this is a genetic rarity thought to be inherited.
The horns are most typically removed in commercial dairy goat herds, to reduce the injuries to humans and other goats.
Unlike cattle, goats have not been successfully bred to be reliably polled, as the genes determining sex and those determining horns are closely linked.