Angora goat

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The angora goat is a goat from the Angora region in Asia Minor, near present-day Ankara.

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Sheared Angora goats

It is first mentioned in the time of Moses, roughly 1500 B.C. 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.

Angora goats are more susceptible to external parasites (ectoparasites) than similar animals, possibly due to their long hair or to inbreeding.

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

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Angora goat at the Texas state fair

See also

nl:Angorageit

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