Pygora goats were purposely bred and registered, in Oregon, by Katherine Jorgensen. Her goal was an animal, which would produce fine fiber. The breed is a cross between the Pygmy, a goat with short soft down and the Angora, a goat with long silky fleece. The Pygora Breeders Association was formed in 1978. Pygoras are docile, like the Angora while retaining the playfulness of a Pygmy. They are curious and attempt to taste everything. There are three types of Pygora fiber, each with their merits.

Pygora

Type "A" (Angora)
Type A Pygora
 

Is silky, smooth, with a high sheen, and generally 6 inches or longer. It is found on an animal with a single coat (no guard hairs).

 
Type "B" (Blend)
Type B Pygora

 

Is fluffy, soft, with a medium sheen, generally between 3 and 6 inches long. It is found on animals combining the coat characteristics of the Pygmy and Angora, with some guard hairs.

 
Type "C" (Cashmere)
Type C Pygora
  Has very fine, springy fiber with no sheen, generally 1 to 3 inches in length. It is found on an animals with very distinct guard hairs. The heavier, whiter fibers in the image are guard hairs.  
Last Update: Sunday, March 9, 2003