Fiber is a very valuable commodity from goats their fur gives us Mohair, cashmere and with the new hybrid crosses of goats it also gives us cashgora as a mix of Mohair and cashmere.
Most goats do produce a bit of fiber from their coats especially their underbellies where they tend to get the fluffiest in the winter months.
This article takes a look at 10 of my favorite long-haired goat breeds.
TOP 10 GOAT BREEDS THAN HAVE LONG HAIR
The Saanen goat breed is one of the largest of the dairy goat breeds. They are usually pictured as short-haired, but they are actually a long-haired goat that originated in Switzerland. Their milk is very healthy and does not contain too much butterfat. These goats can produce up to 3.8 liters of milk per day. Read More
The Angora goat is well known for its Mohair production and is the only goat that produces the true mohair fiber.
They have long hair that either falls in ringlets or is flat and looks kind of matted or it can have ringlets and flat hair.
They can produce quite a lot of top-quality fiber a year for use of garments, blankets, etc. that are made from Mohair. Read More
Anglo Nubian Goat
The Anglo Nubian or just Nubian as it is known in the States is a long-haired goat. It is also quite a large goat and gets up to weights of around 79 kgs. If they are not disbudded, they can get a really serious set of dangerously long horns on them too.
They are a dual-purpose breed that is used in the States for their milk and their fur is rather short. Their milk is also known for containing a high content of butterfat that is great for the making of cheeses. Read More
Dutch Landrace Goat
The Dutch Landrace Goat is quite a ferocious goat and can be a little bit wild if they are not properly raised.
It is a medium to large breed of goat that originates in the Netherlands and is primarily used for their fiber and milk production. Read More
The little Nigora goat is a cross breed of the Nigerian Dwarf goat and the Angora goat. As a result, these little goats are silky long haired little milkers. These cute little fluff ball of fun produce three different types of fiber with their long silky hair. Their fur provides the cashgora fiber with is a cross between the mohair and cashmere fiber. But they also produce a mohair and cashmere type fiber. Read More
The little Pygmy goat actually has surprisingly longhorns for a little goat if they are not disbudded at a young age. They are small goats that can produce a large amount of milk and have a good quality of cashmere fiber as well as being a meat goat.
Their long hair is straight, smoother and soft to the touch they are really cute goats, well when they are not sporting their really veracious looking horns. Read More
They little Pygora goat is a cross between the Angora goat breed and Pygmy goat breed. Both of which provide us with lovely fibers. The cute little Pygora goat is a good little milker but also contains three types of fiber just like the little Nigora goat does. The Pygora also produces the cashgora fiber, a mohair and cashmere type fiber. Read More
The Girgentana goat is usually pure milky white with horns that are long and twisted if they are not disbudded at an early age.
They have the most beautiful flowing, straight, white silky coats, elegant faces with bodies that are of a slender stature. They are really pretty goats that are used as a milk goat that produces high-quality sought-after milk. These goats have a very interesting story which you can read under their breed profile of our website.
They originate from Agrigento a town in Sicily where the efforts of one man saved them from becoming completely extinct. The cheese from their milk is quite a sought-after delicacy in some stores in Europe. Read More
Stiefelgeiss or Booted Goat
The Stiefelgeiss or Booted Goat is a mountain variety of goat that comes from St Gallen in Switzerland. These agile nimble goats are really great climbers and navigate rough terrain as if it was a smooth walk in the park. They have long mean looking thick horns on their head, usually, a two-toned coat that is most common in red and black hues and they have either brown or black legs which makes them look like they are wearing little boots. In fact, when their color is listed the leg color is usually referred to a “black or brown boots”.
These beautiful long-haired goats were once widely used for meat and milk production but today there are less than one thousand of them left in the world. So, they are mainly raised on various farms or sanctuaries intent of saving their numbers. There they are mainly used for vegetation control and are in breeding programs. Read More
The Bilberry Goat is a feral goat these days that are believed to have lived on Bilberry Rock in Waterford City in the south of Ireland for hundreds of years.
They are an ancient breed of goat that is thought to be related to the Dutch Landrace, Pashmina or Maltese goat breeds.
The locals think that this breed was brought to Ireland thousands of years ago when the Huguenots came over to Ireland from France.
There is a goat trust that was set up for this breed in the year 2000 to protect them and try to get their numbers up as in the year 2000 there were only 7 of them left. This number had increased to 42 in 2008 and hopefully growing each and every year. As there are not many feral goats left that left like these do in the wild. They have been called a “unique ancient breed of goat” by various other goat trusts.