The angora goat is an ancient breed, with records of the use of goat hair for clothing found as early as the 14th century BC. Many hundreds of years after that, in the 13th century AD, there is a record of goats trekked thousands of miles to Ankara by Suleiman Shah, when fleeing Ghengis Khan. In 1550 a Dutchman discovered the goats, which became known as angora goats (angora being a corruption of the word Ankara) and began to generate a demand for their fleece. In 1554 a pair of angora goats was presented to the Pope in Rome.
The British Primitive Goat encompasses what has previously been known as known as the Old English/Scottish/Welsh/Irish, British Landrace or Old British Goat.
The breed descends from the goats introduced by the first farmers in the Neolithic period. It was this little, hairy all-weather goat that was moved aroundthe periphery of Europe by the Celts, Vikings and Saxons. it sustained the people of the bronze and iron ages alongside a few cattle and sheep.
Bagot goats are classified as 'Endangered' by the Rare Breed Survival Trust which means there are only 150 breeding females in United Kingdom.
The Bagot is an ancient breed believed to have existed prior to 1387. The first recorded Bagot goat being given at this time to Sir John Bagot of Blithfield Hall, Admaston, Staffordshire, England by King Richard II, in recognition of good hunting in Bagots Park, following his return from the crusades.
The Goat takes its name from its keeper Sir John Bagot. For much of the time since the 14th century these goats have run semi wild around Bagots park, which is part of the wider Blithfield hall estate.
The Golden Guernsey is first referred to in an island guide book as early as 1826. During World War II, the last remaining examples of the breed were hidden in caves on the island to prevent them being slaughtered and used as meat to feed invading forces. It is from these that today's stock are predominantly descended.