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Published on 3rd December 2021 by staff

Pygora Goat

Pygora goat, a domestic breed originated in the Oregon City of the United States’ Oregon. Its name is a portmanteau of Pygmy and Angora, the two breeds involved in its development. These beautiful goats, known for their hardiness and playful demeanor, have gained popularity not just in their place of origin but worldwide.

Pygora Goat
Also Known AsMiniature Angora
Physical Characteristics Medium or small in size with a well-muscled body stature; drooping or erect ears; wide, flat nose; horns that may be present or absent; and straight erect tail
Temperament/Personality Alert, friendly, curious, playful, easy-to-handle
ColorWhite, black, brown, gray, or a combination of several colors
CoatShort and soft or long and silky
SizeSmall
WeightBucks: 34 – 43 kg (75 – 95 pounds)

Does: 29 – 43 kg (65 – 75 pounds)
HeightBucks: 58.4 cm (23 inches)

Does: 45.7 cm (19 inches)
UsesMainly fiber production, but also produces milk at present  
DietHay and pasture
Lactation PeriodNot recorded
Lifespan12 – 15 years
Climate ToleranceAll types of climate
Country of OriginOregon, United States
Standard and Qualification InformationPygora Breeders Association

History and Development

Katherine Jorgensen was the pioneer behind developing this distinct breed in 1987 in Oregon. She desired to breed an animal that would produce soft and fine fiber. To achieve this, Jorgensen crossed the Pygmy goat, having a short and soft undercoat with the Angora goat known for its long and silky fleece. Following this, the Pygora Breeders Association developed in the U.S that promoted and registered these goats.

The F1 or first-generation crosses aren’t regarded as true Pygoras. To gain the status of a true Pygora, the goat needs to be crossed with other Pygora goats, the first generations cross, or even the purebred Angora or Pygmy. This process should continue, and the resulting breed should have no more than 75% lineage of any one parent.

Pygora Goat Image
Full Grown Pygora Goat

Fiber Production

The Pygora goat produces three fleece types divided into distinct categories:

Type A or the Angora Type: Fine mohair fiber that is long and lustrous, growing up to a length of approximately 6 inches

Type B or Blend Type: A combination of the cashmere Pygmy coat and mohair fiber of the Angora, 3-6 inches long; the resulting fleece being wavy with a shiny or dull finish

Type C or Cashmere Type:  Fine fiber without any shine, having a length of 3 inches

Meat Production

Since they were mostly bred for fiber production, they do not rise to the status of good meat goats.

Milk Production

They as good as the Saanen Nubian goats, yet they are milked, producing a liter of milk per day.

Kidding

Does get pregnant between 4 and 6 months of age, having a 145 – 153 days gestation period.  The kids are weaned at about eight weeks, though some farmers continue milking beyond that period.

One to four kids are born in a single pregnancy, mostly twins weighing 5 pounds, attaining maturity in 8-12 months.

Pygora Goat Baby
Pygora Goat Horns

Interesting Facts

  • They have acquired the Pygmy goat’s playfulness and Angora’s docile nature.

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