Everything You Need to Know About the Angora Goat

Posted by Tori Holmes

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The Angora goat is an ancient breed, dating back to as early as the 14th century. These thick-haired goats originate in Turkey and are named after the country's capital, Ankara, historically known as Angora. They were first brought to the United States in 1849 by Dr. James P. Davis, after receiving them as a gift from Abdülmecid I, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire in Turkey. Since their introduction into the American market, these goats have become popular for their fleece.

To the untrained eye, the Angora goat could be mistaken for a sheep due to their thick, curly coat. They are the only breed of goat to produce a sought-after fiber known as mohair. Apart from being beautiful to look at, mohair is a popular material in the production of garments such as sweaters.

A single Angora goat is able to produce between four and five kilograms of mohair each year. While they were originally bred for their white mohair, in 1998 the Colored Angora Goat Breeds Association was founded to help promote the breeding of colored Angoras. Due to their efforts, today we see Angora goats with coats of black, gray, silver, red, and brown.

The Angora goat has a pleasant personality and is known for being a very curious creature, but they are not the hardiest of breeds. At birth, the Angora goat is very delicate, needing complete protection from the elements to ensure survival. This same protection is required after each shearing throughout their lives, as they cannot withstand rain or cold temperatures.

If you're looking to purchase an Angora goat, the American Angora Goat Breeders' Association and the Colored Angora Goat Breeders Association have an online directory of breeders and members in the United States.

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Body

Does (females) weigh between 70 and 110 pounds and have a height of 92 cm at the wither, whereas bucks (males) weigh between 180 and 225 pounds and have a height of 122 cm at the withers.

Coat

The thick, curly coat is the most distinctive feature of the Angora goat. Hair can either be in tight ringlets or flat, wavy locks. White is the most common coat color, but recently there has been an increase in Angora goats with coats of black, gray, silver, red, and brown. 

Head

The head of the Angora goat is straight or slightly convex and both sexes are horned. The horns of bucks have a distinctive spiral that grows back and away from the head, whereas does horns are shorter and straight. Their ears are heavy and dropping, with short, fine hair. 

Temperament

The Angora goat has a pleasant disposition and is known for their curious nature.

Body image courtesy of Puslinch Angoras

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Everything You Need to Know About the Angora Goat