The kiko breed was first introduced into the United States in 1997 through a breeding program that crossed the wild New Zealand goat with dairy goats. This cross produced a multi-functional breed that can be used for both meat and milk production while sustaining the hardy traits of the wild goat. Kikos have been proven through several university case studies and buck test challenges to have the highest parasite resistance and average daily weight gain when compared to all other goat breeds. They have also demonstrated the strongest maternal instinct providing for less hands on during and after kidding. Furthermore, the kikos have inherited great feet from their distant ancestor the wild New Zealand goat requiring minimal hoof trimming. The kiko breed is desirable due to its low maintenance, low input abilities making for a larger profit margin.