Pygora is a breed created in Oregon in 1987 by crossing Angora and Pygmy goats to create a fiber goat for hand spinners. The resulting F1 generation is not a true Pygora, though subsequent offspring are, as long as they remain within a 75%-25% ratio of both Angora and Pygmy. These are the only two breeds permissible for the animal to be registered by Pygora Breeders Association.
Pygora is a medium sized breed, standing about 25 inches tall. They are friendly, curious, very personable, cooperative, and easy to handle. Living for 12-15 years they can provide a great deal of fiber during their lifetimes. Pygoras are also an adequate milking goat, providing about a quart a day. Pygoras make excellent pets, and they are generally easy keepers. Minerals, clean water, hay, grain, fresh browse are their requisite diet. It's easy to love a Pygora and they enjoy giving and receiving affection - even bucks in the middle of rut season!
There are 3 types of Pygora fiber:Type-A
is a lustrous, mohair-like fiber which usually has a silky guard hair, and a cool feel. These fleeces are usually drapey ringlets, with a long staple (. The crimp starts at the base of the hair shaft. These goats are shorn twice a year.Type-C
is a cashmere-like fiber having a fine, short staple (1-3 inches long) with a warm feel and a coarse, well separated guard hair. The crimp starts about half-way up the hair shaft and the fleece is amazingly soft. These goats can be sheared, plucked, or brushed to retrieve the fiber. If the fiber isn't removed it will "blow", or release from the body on its own.
Type-B is curly, with the crimp starting a short way up the hair shaft. The fibers are 3-6 inches long and can have both a coarse guard hair and a silky guard hair. Type-B is unique to Pygora and is versatile, warm and soft. These goats are shorn twice a year.
This being said, there is no "better" type than another. Each type has a different characteristic and they are all wonderfully soft and create a lovely halo when they are crafted with.