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Published on 8th February 2022 by staff

Angora Goat

Angora Goat

Angora, a Turkish domestic breed, is primarily known for producing lustrous fiber or mohair. Besides Turkey, its place of origin, it has also gained popularity worldwide. The goat derives its name from Angora in Asia Minor, where it developed. Of the several breeds that originated from it, some include the Angora-don, Soviet mohair, and Indian mohair. The famous fiber-producing Pygora goat of the United States of America is also a result of crossing the Angora with the Pygmy.

Also Known AsAnkara Kecisi, Tiftik-Kecisi, Mohair goat, Sybokke (in South Africa)
Physical CharacteristicsLight-framed, lean, elegant body with a muscular stature; small head; partially lop ears; presence of horns that appears long, twisted, and strong in the bucks;
Temperament/PersonalityFriendly, curious, docile, but a little laid-back compared to most other goat breeds
ColorBlack, brown, red, gray, and white with belted or striped patterns covering their body
CoatLong, fine, lustrous hair covers their entire body except for their face, and legs
WeightMale: 45kg (99.2 pounds);

Female: 35 kg (77 pounds)
HeightMale: 66cm (26 inches);

Female: 51cm (20 inches)
UsesMohair production
DietHay, grass (must feed in good amounts as that would lead to good quality fiber production)
Lactation PeriodAbout 300 days
LifespanApproximately 10 years
Climate ToleranceAdaptable to hot and cold climates, but cannot thrive in cold, wet conditions
Country of OriginTurkey
Standard and Qualification InformationColored Angora Goat Breeders Association, Angora Goat Breeders Association

History and Development

Though exact records of the origination of this breed remain unknown, its development dates back to the 15th century BC. The use of mohair went on to increase eventually, and by the early 19th century, its demand was at its peak. The Turks started crossing the local breeds with the Angora to increase the salable hair’s poundage.

Angora Goat Horns
Angora Goat Image

They did not just remain confined to their place of origin but elsewhere too. The Holy Roman Emperor Charles V imported them to Europe around 1554. The importation process of these goats continued as the Spanish government brought them to Spain in 1765. In France, a large number of these goats gained entry in 1785. From Europe, they even reached the African continent, introduced in 1838 to South Africa. In fact, with many back-to-back importations of Angora besides this one, South Africa has eventually become one of the leading producers of mohair. Presently more than 1000 goat farms in the country produce and manufacture mohair.

Photo of Angora Goat
Black Angora Goat

Over the years, the population of the Angora goats underwent a decline in Turkey, with a conservation program organized in 2003. The British Angora Goat Society was developed in 1981 to promote this breed in the United Kingdom. In the United States, the America Angora Goat Breeder’s Association evolved in 1900 with its headquarters in Texas’ Rocksprings.

Mohair Production

One of their primary function and usage is the production of mohair. Their hair is cut off or shorn two times a year, with about 5.3 pounds mohair produced per shearing. The length of the fiber produced varies from 12-15 cm, being soft and even well insulated.

Mohair Goat
Picture of Angora Goat

Milk Production

They are not good milk producers, mainly because the udder and teats of the does are not developed well.

Angora Goat Pics
Ankara Kecisi

Meat Production

Angora is not a profitable meat producer compared to other meat breeds like the Boer and Anglo-Nubian.


They have a gestation period of 150 days, after which a single kid is born per litter.

Angora Goat Kid
Baby Angora Goat

Interesting Facts

  • The Angora goat’s price in the United States range between $300 and $600.

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