Angora goat

Angora goat

The Angora goat (Lang-tr|Ankara keçisi) is a goat from the Angora region in Anatolia, near present-day Ankara, Turkey.

This breed is first mentioned in the time of Moses, roughly 1500 B.C. [ [ Angora Goats History ] ] The first Angora goats were brought to Europe by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, about 1554, but, like later imports, were not very successful.

The fleece taken from an Angora goat is called mohair. A single goat produces between five and eight kilograms of hair per year. Angoras are shorn twice a year, unlike sheep which are shorn only once.

Angora goats are more susceptible to external parasites (ectoparasites) than similar animals, as their coats are denser. They are not prolific breeders, nor are they considered very hardy, being particularly delicate during the first few days of life. Further, Angoras have high nutritional requirements due to their rapid hair growth. A poor quality diet will curtail mohair development.

For a long period of time, Angora goats were bred for their white coat. In 1998 the Colored Angora Goat Breeders Association was set up to promote breeding of colored Angoras. Now Angora goats produce white, black (deep black to greys and silver), red (the color fades significantly as the goat gets older), and brownish fiber.

The United States, Turkey, and South Africa are the top producers of mohair.

Breed registries

* American Angora Goat Breeders' Association
* Colored Angora Goat Breeders Association

ee also

* Angora wool
* Angora rabbit
* Angora cat



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  • Angora goat — a variety of domestic goat, raised originally in Angora, having long, silky hair called mohair. Also called Angora. [1825 35] * * * Breed of domestic goat that originated in ancient times in the district of Angora in Asia Minor. Its silky coat… …   Universalium

  • Angora goat — noun a domestic breed of goat raised for its long silky hair which is the true mohair • Syn: ↑Angora • Hypernyms: ↑domestic goat, ↑Capra hircus * * * noun Usage: usually capitalized A : a breed or variety of the domestic goat reared for its long… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Angora goat — /æŋˌgɔrə ˈgoʊt/ (say ang.gawruh goht) noun one of a breed of domestic goat principally reared for its long, silky fleece known as mohair. Also, Angora. {the breed was originally established in Angora2} …   Australian-English dictionary

  • angora goat — variety of goat reared for its long silky hair …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Angora goat — noun Date: 1833 any of a breed of domestic goats raised for their long silky hair which is the true mohair …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • American Angora Goat Breeders' Association — The American Angora Goat Breeders Association is the only American breed registry for the angora goat. Established in 1900, the association is headquartered in Rocksprings, Texas. See also * Colored Angora Goat Breeders Association External links …   Wikipedia

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  • Angora — may refer to:* Angora, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ** Angora (SEPTA station), a commuter rail station * Angora Township, Minnesota * Angora, Nebraska * Angora (band), a musical group * Angora wool, from the Angora rabbit * Angora rabbit, a breed… …   Wikipedia

  • Angora — [aŋ gôr′ə, angôr′ə] n. [after Angora, former name of ANKARA] 1. a kind of cat with long, silky fur: in full Angora cat 2. a) a kind of goat raised for its long, silky hair: in full Angora goat b) this hair (Angora wool) or the cloth made …   English World dictionary

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