About Pygora Goats
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. Pygoras have an affectionate, engaging personality, a
manageable size, good health and fleece in a range of colors.
were developed by Katharine Jorgensen in Oregon. The Pygora Breeders
Association (PBA) was formed in 1987 and maintains the registry herd book. All
Pygoras come from registered parents and can trace their lineage back to two
specific parent breeds: American Angora Goat Breeders Association
(AAGBA)-registered goats and National Pygmy Goat Association (NPGA)- registered
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
A Pygora goat can have one of three fleece types:
- Type A—averages 6 inches in length, is
long, lustrous, has ringlets and should have very few guard hairs. The fiber is
very fine and feels silky, smooth and cool to the touch. The fibers typically
are less than 28 micrometers in diameter.
- Type B—a strong, lustrous fiber that is
curly and very soft. A type-B fleece averages 3-6 inches long, and may have two
types of guard hairs: an obvious, stiff guard hair and a silky guard hair. It
is the uniquely Pygora fleece - very versatile, warm to the touch and soft. The fibers typically
are less than 24 micrometers in diameter.
- Type C—a matte fiber with crimp and a
very short staple length (usually 1-3 inches). It has a very obvious coarse
guard hair and is warm to the touch. Type C has the finest diameter of the
three fleece types and can be as soft as fine cashmere. The fibers typically
are less than 18 micrometers in diameter.