These animals have the roughest hair or wool. Their hair or wool may be fuzzy or scrubby but most of them are among the most economically important creatures in the world.
One shaggy-looking animal that originated in Ankara, Turkey is the Turkish Angora. This long haired domestic breed of cat is one of the oldest and naturally occurring cat breed. Angora is the former name of Ankara, the name. They are among the most sought cat breeds for their silky and medium-long length coat.
The Alpaca (Vicugna pacos) is a popular camelid from South America. This domesticated species resembles a small Llama and can be found in the Andes from Peru to Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile. These shaggy animals are bred specifically for their fiber
The animal’s fiber is used in making knitted and woven items like blankets, coats, gloves, hats, scarves, sweaters, socks and a wide variety of textiles. Alpaca fiber comes in more than 52 natural colors.
The unique-looking Yak (Bos grunniens) is a shaggy animal which is important to the Tibetan people. These long-haired bovine can be found in the Himalayas and neighboring regions like Tibetan Plateau, Russia and Mongolia. These animals that have long shaggy hair to insulate them from the cold are used as beasts of burden.
One of the oddest-looking and hairiest animals is the Angora Rabbit. This variety of domestic rabbit is bred for its soft, silky and long wool. The Angora, which is one of the oldest types of domestic rabbit that originated in Ankara, Turkey, is shorn every 3-4 months throughout the year.
One of the most unusual animals in the world is the Sloth (Bradypus). It’s not just peculiar in appearance, but also absolutely unusual in behavior and movements. This shaggy-looking animal is one of the slowest moving animals in the world due to its very low metabolism. Sloths can be found in the rainforest of Central and South America. There are 6 known species of Sloth.
The Muskox (Ovibos moschatus) is a shaggy mammal that can be found in the Arctic region. Primarily, it can be found in the North American Arctic and was introduced in Siberia and Norway. These creatures are noted for their thick coat and for the strong odor emitted by males, hence the name. During mating season, males used this musky odor to attract females. Muskoxen, which can be domesticated and can provide excellent milk and meat, are economically important also for their wool called “qivut”. The wool is highly prized for its length, softness and insulation value.
One of the most unique-looking breed of domestic goats is the shaggy and curly Angora Goat. Like the Angora Cat and Angora Rabbit, Angora Goat originated in Ankara, Turkey and nearby area. It is one of the oldest known breed of domestic goat and is famous for the lustrous fiber it produce known as “Mohair”.
The Poll Merino is an economically important breed of sheep prized for its wool. Merinos have the finest and softest wool of any sheep. Australia is one of the countries in the world with the largest population of Merinos. Poll Merino is a breed without horn that was developed in Australia.