English Angora Rabbit: Description, grooming and care. Interested in raising English Angoras for their luxuriant wool? Plus, info on spinning the angora wool.
The English Angora is the smallest of the 4 angora breeds recognized by the ARBA. Acceptable weights are 5 - 7 1/2 lbs (2.3 - 3.4 kg). They come in a full rainbow of colors, including brokens - white with any acceptable color.
Get an overview of angora rabbit history and various breeds at Angora Rabbits.
Angoras are typically very gentle and easy-going. They’ve had millennia of domestication, and through the ages each animal has been handled frequently in order to be groomed, plucked, sheared, and cleaned.
Are you interested in an English Angora as a pet? Personality-wise, great. But please, also realize that they’ll require significant grooming each week. Are you good with that?
ARBA Recognition of English Angoras
For years, English and French Angoras were lumped together and called "Angora Woolers." But as selective breeding continued within each breed, their differences became magnified. In 1944, the ARBA recognized these differences by according each breed separate recognition.
English Angora wool is silky and luxuriant due to a lower percentage of guard hairs. The breeder pays for this luxury with time.
This is the breed requiring the most grooming to ensure no mats.
These guidelines are distilled from the website of the owner and breeder of the winningest English Angora rabbit in America, Betty Chu of California. Her English Angora rabbit, Chu’s Sweet Sixteen, won 20 Best of Breeds and 12 Best in Show, one of these being the ARBA National Convention and Show in 1992. Her winning ways continue with a barn full of grand champions.
Ms. Chu has been at the forefront of selective breeding efforts
that may have recently isolated a non-molting gene in English
What this means:
The English Angora requires a few extra considerations. When in full bloom, temperatures over 75 degrees F (24 degrees C) result in added stress. When sheared and for 2 months thereafter, the English Angora rabbit is extra sensitive to temperature fluctuations.
For more information on temperature, and other special tips for English Angora care, we recommend a visit to Ms. Chu’s website: http://bettychuenglishangora.com/
Another great resource in the UK: www.angoras.co.uk
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