Pygora goats are small fiber goats bred specifically for their luxurious fleece. They were bred from a registered Angora goat and registered Pygmy goat - creating a smaller goat with a versatile, beautiful fleece. The only goat that may be called a Pygora is a goat that is registered with the Pygora Breeders Association (PBA). They grow a beautiful, lustrous fiber that does not coarsen as the goat ages.
At birth, pygoras weigh around 5lbs. Mature does average around 80-120lbs, and must be at least 18” tall. Mature bucks and wethers (neutered males) average about 75-140lbs and must be at least 24” tall. Pygoras must conform to the Breed Standard - in body type, fleece characteristics, and color/patterns.
Pygoras tend to be good, healthy goats if cared for properly. They are easy to breed, kid well, and are naturally good mothers. They have wonderful personalities as well.
There are three different types of Pygora fleece - Type A, Type B, and Type C. All three types of fleece must be dehaired to get the full softness of the fiber - it can be sent to a mill for dehairing, or done at home with combs. Type A and B goats are usually shorn twice a year.
TYPE A (pic coming soon)
A fleece is a longer fiber, averaging 6+ inches, it is a lustrous fleece with nice ringlets with a silky guard hair. The fiber is fine, usually less than 28 microns, and is shorn twice a year. Average yield is 3+ lbs per shearing.
TYPE B (pic coming soon)
B fleece is a curly, slightly shorter and finer fiber, averaging 3-6 inches. It has two guard hair types - an obvious coarse one and a finer silkier one. This is the unique Pygora fleece, and is very versatile, warm, and soft. Averages less than 24 microns, and is shorn twice per year. Average yield is 1-2lbs per shearing.
TYPE C (pic coming soon)
C fiber is a very fine, crimped, shorter fleece. It is the finest of the three fleece types, usually below 18.5 microns. It has a smaller yield, averaging less than 1lb, but it is a wonderful fleece. It can be harvested by brushing, plucking, or shearing.