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Pygmy Kid with Rat Terrier Puppy Aerial view of the RD Ranch

The RD Ranch is located in Northern California in rural Amador County. It was originally homesteaded by the Walker family in 1876. We purchased our 60-acre ranch in 1988. Since then we have been involved with breeding and caring for animals.

Karmel with Lisa Kay We raise Nubians and Nigerian Dwarf goats. Our Nubians and Nigerian Dwarfs are registered with the American Dairy Goat Association under the herd name RD-Ranch. Our policy is to only keep the best for breeding stock. We breed only those does that can easily birth. Most of our kids are bottle fed. This ensures friendlier goats. All kids are vaccinated, dewormed, dehorned and males are neutered before being released to their new owners. Unneutered males must be ordered in advance. Our herd is closed and we are CAE, CL and Johnnes free.

Kid goats are due in early February of each year. We expect Nubian, Nigerian and Nubian/Nigerian cross kids. Our Nubian/Nigerian cross kids are first generation only. They can be registered with The Miniature Goat Registry. The Nubian and Nigerians are registered with the American Dairy Goat Association.

Sadie and her pups We also raise Rat Terriers dogs. Our dogs are registered and of the best quality. We are not a puppy mill. The puppies are born in our bedroom in a child playpen and receive individual attention from the day they are born. You can be assured that a puppy purchased from us will be of the best quality. To see pictures of a litter of puppies being born, please check out our Birthing Webpage.

Dexter CattleDexter Cattle are one of the naturally smallest breeds of cows and have not been miniaturized by breeding as have other miniature breeds. The Dexter is a dual purpose breed, with both beef and dairy qualities. They are a hardy animal, thriving in both hot and cold climates with little difficulty. They give birth easily, are good foragers and are excellent mothers. Dexters generally have a very good temperment and are highly intelligent. This combined with their small size makes them easy to handle and ideal for small acreage.

Our Dexters are registered with Purebred Dexter Cattle Association.

Mowgi, our male AnatolianOur goats, chickens, turkeys, guineas, ducks, cows, llamas, and old horse are protected by our Anatolian Livestock Guardian dogs. Mowgi, Callie, Cricket and Bootsie are on duty protecting against raccoons, predator birds, coyotes, bobcat, skunk and Mountain Lion. Our neighbors have lost animals but we have not. Our chickens are totally free range. We do not pen up our animals at night. We have our 24-hour security crew to take care of them. If I were to use one word to describe them it would be "AWESOME".

Callie is a purebred, registered Anatolian. Mowgi is not. He is 1/4 Great Pyrenees. Therefore, our puppies are not registered. But honestly, I don't think the Coyotes or Mountain Lions are concerned about their registry. They just see the big ass (yes I said it) dogs in the goat pasture and they don't want to play. It is so "AWESOME" to see them on night patrol. And they work good for day duty patrol too. Ask my neighbor if he will come in the gate again without us there (he wasn't hurt but was definitely warned). Mowgi (and he is big) jumped up and grabbed his jacket. He let him off with a warning.

MamieOur latest venture has been a milk cow. This is our calf Mamie that was born in March. Her mother is Marney and is the most awesomest milk cow. This photo was taken the day Mamie was born. My Abyssinian cat is checking out the new addition to the ranch.

We have two Guernsey milk cows - Marney and Mamie. They are bred to our Dexter bull every year. When they have heifers we sell them to families wanting their own milk cow. These go quickly so contact us to get on the list for our next available.

Please visit my Milk Cow page to read our story.


The RD Ranch Gift Shop is a small family operated business. The items we carry are quality items that we use in our home, barns, or while hunting or fishing. We are adding products all the time so check back with us from time to time. We appreciate your business.

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Fun Photo Pages:

A rainy day on the RD Ranch
A dedication to our Levi dog
1979 Mesa College Youth Conservation Corp in Grand Junction, Colorado

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