Pygora Resources

Registration Info

(a brief summary – complete details can be found here)

Pygora kids can be “pre-registered” prior to growing in their adult fleece but cannot be permanently registered until their adult fleece grows in – usually between 7-12 mos of age. Pre-registration requires a side view photo of the kid between birth and 3 or 4 weeks of age, a completed application and a small fee. White kids reliably grow in a white fleece, but other colored kids can grow brown, grey or caramel or white fleeces. It’s also difficult to determine with certainty if a young kid’s adult fleece will be an “A”, “B”, or “C” type.

For permanent  registration, the Pygora Breeders Association (PBA) Registrar needs a side-view photo of the goat “out of fleece”, a side view photo of the goat “in fleece”, and a fleece sample clipped from the tip of the fiber to the skin, from anywhere along the animal’s side (between the shoulder and hip). Because it can take 6-12 months for a goat to fully grow in their adult fleece, kids born to registered Pygora parents can be pre-registered until the fleece sample and “in fleece” photo can be taken.

Steps for Registration: (in order to register a goat you must be the owner listed on the pre-registration certificate; if not, a transfer of ownership form must be done first…)
  1. If a kid has been pre-registered, the original pre-registration certificate is sent in along with an “in-fleece” side view photo and a 2″x2″ fleece sample.
  2. If a kid was not pre-registered at an early age, include a registration application,  a small application fee, an “in-fleece” side view photo and 2″x2″ fleece sample, along with an “out-of-fleece” (sheared) side view photo.
Sample Registration Photos:
Emma: out-of-fleece at 3 weeks old = dark grey agouti; in-fleece at 7 mos old = caramel, type B

Emma: out-of-fleece at 3 weeks old = dark grey agouti; in-fleece at 7 mos old = caramel, type B





Normal goat health

  • Temperature = 102.5 – 104 – This varies depending on the temperature of the goat’s surroundings.
  • Pulse rate = 70 – 80 beats per minute
  • Respiration =15 to 30 per minute
  • Rumen (stomach) movements = 1 – 1.5 per minute
  • Puberty = 7 weeks – 8 months (separate bucks from young does at 2 month)
  • Estrus/Heat Cycle = 17 to 23 days
  • Gestation = 143 to 155 days
  • Life span:
    • Does = 11-12 years average age, but… usually the death in does is kidding related.  Does that are “retired” from breeding around age 10 live longer: 16-18 years
    • Wethers = 11-16 years average age
    • Bucks = 8-10 average age – bucks usually live shorter lives than does and wethers due to the stresses of going into rut each year.
  • Full growth size: Most goats do not reach their full size until they are about three years of age. (They keep growing for about three years)

Helpful Links

Goat Health & Husbandry Tips

Maggidans Minis

Fias Co Farm

Livestock Suppliers – Goat Products

Hoegger Farmyard


Valley Vet

Caprine Supply

Jeffers Livestock Supply