Wattles in weird places...
This doe below is an example of having wattles in an unusal place. This is not common, but it can happen, where the wattles are placed somewhere other than the usual "under the jaw on the neck" location. Thank you Amy Heiland at Circle H Acres for sharing this photo of your unique little doe.
What are wattles?
Wattles on Nigerian Dwarf goats are simple hair-covered appendages of flesh hanging from the throat area. Some goats have them and some do not.
They serve no purpose whatsoever and cause the goat no issues.
Wattles are dominant, just like blue eyes or polled genetics. In order to get wattled kids, at least one of the parents must have them. You cannot get a kid with wattles from two "non-wattled" parents. Some breeders choose to remove the wattles to give their goat a "cleaner" appearance, however most breeders just leave them be. There are no benefits or detriments to the goat by leaving the wattles or removing them. A lot of people think they are cute and refer to them as "goat jewelry."
Below is a chart of possible matings between wattled and non wattled goats.
Wt Wt - Homozygous wattled. Will always throw wattled offspring, regardless of mate.
Wt wt - Heterozygous wattled. Is wattled, but carries the non-wattled gene.
wt wt - Non-wattled. Cannot produce wattled offspring unless bred to a wattled mate.