Goat Teeth

5 Mar

Did you know that goats don’t have teeth on the top?  Meg’s sleepy yawn illustrates that she has only a hard gummy plate that is perfect for grinding cud.

They do have a healthy set of sharp teeth on the bottom for cutting grass and weeds and shrubs and your favorite flowers.

Dolly is famous for her toothy grin around here, but today when I want to take her picture, what do I get?

That’s not very nice.  No worries–bring out the peanuts, and that will get them to open up for a picture!

Thanks, Muffin.

EDIT:  Goats do have both top and bottom teeth in the back.  They are very sharp and hurt if you get bit, so don’t stick your fingers in their mouths to check this out.

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47 Responses to “Goat Teeth”

  1. pip March 5, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    those are the cutest goat pictures I’ve ever seen!

    • Teresa March 5, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

      Thanks! I give credit to the cute subjects.

  2. janprytz March 5, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    I did NOT know that, it’s good to learn something new. This is mine, for today. These are are wonderful shots.

    • Teresa March 5, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

      Thanks for stopping. The goats are always ready to pose for a picture (or yawn and not realize I’m taking their picture)!

  3. Bev March 5, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

    Isobelle said I’d better never put a photograph of her doing a yawn like Meg’s! What a sleepy face!!! Adorable!

    • Teresa March 5, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

      I figure it’s end of the pregnancy tiredness. I can only imagine how Isobelle reacted to such a picture!

  4. Sharon March 5, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    Nope, did not know that, how interesting. Are there any other animals that are like this?

    • Teresa March 5, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

      Pretty common with ruminants. I know it’s also true for cows.

  5. Michaele March 5, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    That really is a funny yawning photo. Do they eat all of the peanut?

    • Teresa March 5, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

      They eat the whole peanut, and a couple would take the finger if you’re not careful! 🙂

  6. Chai Chai March 5, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

    For as many “bites” my goats have given me I should have know this, great informational post!

    • Teresa March 5, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

      Glad you enjoyed. As much as it hurts when they do chomp, you’d think they had teeth on top and bottom.

  7. Leora March 5, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    So they can chew with only bottom teeth? Cute goat! Friendly, too.

    • Teresa March 5, 2011 at 9:32 pm #

      They chew (bottom teeth to cut plants) and swallow a lot of food. Then they regurgitate and grind this cud with the gums on top. Then they swallow again. This is typical of all ruminants.

  8. texwisgirl March 5, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

    Wow! Learned something new! Thank you!

    • Teresa March 5, 2011 at 8:15 pm #

      I try to do my part to raise the world’s knowledge of goats! LOL

  9. kritter keeper March 5, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

    love this teresa! had no clue! your goaties are so adorable!

    • Teresa March 5, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

      Thank you so much. They are usually the perfect models!

  10. Kimberly March 5, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

    Very fun! The babies were sucking on my fingers this morning. I could feel the bottom teeth, but had no idea they would never have top choppers. I enjoyed the earlier post on signs of kidding. Saw all sorts of that today as well. Guess it’ll be our turn next year.

    • Teresa March 5, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

      Glad you enjoyed. They are so fun when they are little like that.

  11. Gengen March 5, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    Oh that is interesting shot.. happy SSS!

    • Teresa March 5, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by!

  12. marina March 5, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    oh my gosh, these photos are awesome! I love these goats.
    They are so sweet…. 🙂

    • Teresa March 5, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

      They really are sweet! So glad you enjoyed your stop.

  13. Alica March 5, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

    You mean they might eat my FLOWERS ?! 🙂

    • Teresa March 5, 2011 at 11:03 pm #

      Flowers, rose bushes, fruit trees. Good fences make for happy goat owners.

  14. hip chick March 6, 2011 at 3:37 am #

    O.K. She is a cutie-pie. I use all kinds of goats milk soaps and other products. I get them at Jenness Farm in Nottingham, N.H. I love them.

    • Teresa March 6, 2011 at 7:39 am #

      They are wonderful.

  15. 4rranch March 6, 2011 at 6:51 am #

    Small correction, yes they don’t have upper incisors (front teeth) but they do have upper and lower premolars and molars for chewing and grinding. Love the pictures.

    • Teresa March 6, 2011 at 7:40 am #

      Thank you so much.

  16. Pondside March 6, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    Our girls grin like monkeys – they are so expressive. Love your photos today!

    • Teresa March 6, 2011 at 11:35 am #

      Thanks. It’s amazing how goats really do smile.

  17. Judy March 6, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    Great post – raising goat awareness one post at a time :). I’ve found that roses are everybody’s favorite food. I really enjoy your blog!

    • Teresa March 6, 2011 at 11:36 am #

      Glad you enjoyed. I do have a rose bush they try to prune as often as they can. It’s always a race to save it.

  18. Dances of Dreams March 6, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    I didn’t know that goat has no teeth on the top, so thank you..Gorgeous pictures of your goats!

    • Teresa March 6, 2011 at 11:36 am #

      Please note I was corrected -they do have top back teeth.

  19. Lui March 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    Super cute!

    • Teresa March 6, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

      So glad you stopped by.

  20. Sandy March 6, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    and those bottom teeth are sharp if you happen to get your finger between them and that upper gummer ROFL

    • Teresa March 6, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

      Yes, they are. Maybe you’ve had a goat trying to eat something that needed removed from his/her mouth? That’s usually when I get it.

  21. Cindy Bee March 7, 2011 at 7:33 am #

    Well Hi Teresa. I am learning so much on these Farm Friend Fridays. I had no idea that goats didn’t have any upper teeth! And those pics are adorable.

    Cindy Bee

    • Teresa March 7, 2011 at 8:11 am #

      It has been a very fun learing thing I agree.

  22. Mimi Foxmorton March 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    And thank goodness for gumming! 🙂

    • Teresa March 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

      They seem to eat well with the teeth they do have.

  23. Lisa's Chaos March 8, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    These are great! I did know that about the goats but I had forgotten. 🙂


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