A Pygora is a fiber goat purposely bred to produce fine fiber for hand spinning. The Pygora goat produces a wonderful, lofty, soft, fiber that does not coarsen as the goat ages. Add in an affectionate, engaging personality, a manageable size, good health and fleece in a range of colors and you have the perfect fiber goat.
Pygora kids weigh about 5 lb. at birth. Adult does (female Pygoras) average 80-120 lb. and must be at least 18 in. tall. Adult bucks (male Pygoras) and wethers (neutered males) average 75-140 lb. and must be at least 23 in. tall.
Pygoras tend to be very healthy goats as long as they receive proper care. They breed and kid easily, and are naturally good mothers. Pygoras were developed by Katharine Jorgensen in Oregon. The Pygora Breeders Association (PBA) was formed in 1987 and maintains the registry herd book. The only goat that may bear the name ‘Pygora’ is a goat registered with the PBA. In addition, all Pygora goats must conform to the Pygora Breed Standard, which includes conformation, color/patterns and fleece characteristics.
A Pygora goat will have one of three fleece types:
Type A is a long fiber, averaging 6+ in. in length, that drapes
in long lustrous ringlets. It may be a singlecoat, but a silky guard hair is usually present. The fiber is very fine, mohair-like, usually less than 28 microns. The handle should be silky, smooth and cool to the touch. Type-A goats usually are shorn twice a year.
Type B fiber has characteristics of both mohair and cashmere-type fleece. It's usually curly and should average 3-6 in. in length. There is an obvious stiff guard hair. A second silky guard hair usually is present. There should be luster, and the handle should be soft and airy. The fiber should test, on average, below 24 microns. The fleece color is usually lighter than the guard hair color. Type-B goats usually are shorn twice a year.
Type C is a very fine fiber, usually below 18.5microns, and can be
acceptable as commercial cashmere. It must be at least 1 in.
long and is usually 1-3 in. long. It has a matte finish and a warm, creamy handle. It must show crimp. There is good separation between a very obvious coarse guard hair and fleece. The fleece color is usually lighter than the guard hair color. A type-C coat can be harvested by brushing, plucking or shearing. The yield is quite small, but the effort is worth it. Type-C fleece is unbelievably soft.