I'm in the beginning stages of researching milk goat ownership. Because of zoning restrictions where we are, we are considering the smaller breeds which are allowed as pets here. This is a 5 year plan, so I'm looking for a place to start my research. I will not purchase any animal until I know it inside and out, apprentice with someone experienced, and have good housing and fencing. I understand that the smaller breeds don't produce a whole lot of milk, which is good for our family; we're looking for some to drink and to make some cheese and toiletry products with the excess. How much milk can I expect from a Pygmy or perhaps a PygmyxNubian? Are there other breeds that I'm not considering? Realistically, how much milk can I expect from an average small breed goat? Are there any specific health problems or concerns I should have in mind when choosing stock? Things like birthing difficulties, diseases, etc. that are more prevalent in the smaller breeds? Are there different fencing/housing considerations with the smaller breeds? Can they jump higher, get into "different" types of trouble, etc.? Am I setting myself up for difficult milking with these small animals? I have the means to construct any stands, etc. to make it easier, and I have exceptionally small and strong hands. Anything else I have to think about? Finally, any books that you would recommend--specifically, books that would provide information on all aspects of goat ownership from breeding/birthing to rations to eating? Thanks in advance for your guidance.