Other common names: Angora Goat x Nigerian Dwarf Goat Cross
The Nigora Goat is a cross between an Angora Goat and Nigerian Dwarf Goat. The Nigora is designed to produce a milking and fiber goat in a small manageable size. According to the American Nigora Goat Breeders Association, "The concept of the Nigora breed began around 1992, with a 21" fluffy black doe, with white and beige trim, named "Cocoa Puff of Skyview". It was originally thought that Cocoa was a Pygora, but upon inspection of a picture of the doe by a Pygora Breeders Association official (and subsequent denial on the basis she had non-Pygmy markings) more research was done into Cocoa's background and it was determined that she was actually a Nigerian Dwarf/Angora cross-- hence the name "Nigora". Thus the idea for a new breed of small fiber goat was born. "
Angora Goats have reportedly existed during biblical times because mohair (the Angora’s hair) is mentioned in records dated around 1500 B.C. The breed is known to have originated in the Angora region near Ankara, Turkey.
The Nigerian Dwarf Goat is a dairy goat breed from west Africa which has a conformation that is similar to the larger dairy goat breeds. Nigerian Dwarf goats produce a milk which is high in butterfat and has a sweet taste. As a breed, they are gentle and easily trainable. This, along with their small size and colorful appearance, makes them popular as pets.
Appearance / health:
Goats are sensitive animals that can suffer from various infectious and chronic diseases that are sometimes undetected until too late. Vaccinations, as well as de-worming and de-lousing applications must be conducted as needed. Angoras are prone to parasite attacks due to their dense hair.
Goats must be inspected frequently to detect any signs of poor health, infections, or other ailments. Signs include cloudy or teary eyes, dull or fluffed up coat, droopy tail, hunched back, or poor appetite. A veterinarian should always be on call to address health concerns.
Behavior / temperament:
Goats are inherently curious, active, intelligent, and social. They are known to have the ability to overcome enclosures by unraveling the gate, climbing over the mesh, or pushing and ramming the fence down. Goats have good coordination and balance and can manage to climb low trees, ledges, and overhangs. Their curiosity leads them to constantly investigate items with their mouths; most items get chewed and swallowed. With a little patience, goats can be taught to carry or pull loads, respond to calls, and lead a herd. As social animals, they easily get along with other farm animals.
Housing / diet:
As herd animals, goats are best kept in pairs or groups. As grazers, they require an outdoor habitat that is securely fenced to prevent escape or foraging in restricted areas. The area should be large enough to allow the goat to roam. The recommended habitat per goat is 200 sq. ft. of yard or pasture plus a sheltered or indoor area of about 15 sq. ft. The sheltered area should be adequately built to keep the goats safe from rain and strong winds.
Keeping goats inside the house is not recommended because of the pet’s tendency to gnaw and chew on furniture and furnishings. Goats are also not known to adhere to toilet training.
Angora Goats are particularly susceptible to cold after shearing; therefore, should be housed in a barn during those times.
The ideal food for domesticated goats is alfalfa hay and grass hay. This should be available daily in quantities of at least 3% of the goat’s body weight. Small quantities of feed grain and concentrates (often protein-enriched) like goat show or goat grain can also be given to add nutrition. Supplements are often used to address deficiencies inherent to local habitats.
Clean water is essential to a goat’s daily diet. It should always be available and provided where it cannot be soiled. Dirty and moldy water is hazardous to the goat’s health. Milking goats should be kept away from aromatic or strong-tasting foliage like garlic, onions, mint, and cabbage, which could taint the flavor of the milk.
Angora Goats have specific nutritional requirements to sustain their rapid hair growth.