Angora rabbit mainly known for their thick and fluffy coat. There are many types of Angora such as German, French, English, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Giant, and Satin. Angoras are bred mainly for their silky, soft wool. Those wool then turn into shawl, clothes or yarn.
Angora rabbit which is the oldest type of domestic rabbit is originated from Turkey. This breed is brought to France in 1723 and since then it become a very popular animal to be kept as pet. It is also considered as a part of French royalty in the mid – 18th century. After that, Angora reputation got widely famous in other part of Europe.
In 1939, they eventually made their way to United States. Their silky soft wool have been used to make garments and during World War II, the demand for wool increase drastically which more than 120,000 pounds a year. In 1944, the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) officially split and classified two Angora rabbit which is English and French type.
English Angora rabbit is a small, compact rabbit with a flat head and short ears. All of their body covered in a wool even their faces. It is also the smallest type of Angora of all ARBA recognized breeds. Dense bands and even side trimmings so their entire body are covered in fur. Their coat need a regular grooming every now and then. Shedding season and no shedding season, they need a proper grooming or else their wooly fur become tangled, and matted. Be sure to take your Angora to the groomer or use a shear to keep their coat trimmed and short. Note that their coat constantly grow.
It is reported that their coat need to be sheared about 4 times per year.
- Weight: 2 – 3 kg
- Coat Length: Long, thick and fluffy
- Color: Black, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Lynx, Chestnut, White, Tort Colored
- Pattern: Pointed White
Angoras are intelligent, gentle rabbits who love to play, especially with cat toys. Although they like to snuggle up to their handlers, they dislike being picked up and can become aggressive when frightened. Extra care must be taken when handling them as their spines are easily damaged. They do not have the tendency to be skittish, so it will make a great pet for a family with baby or small children.
They also need a playtime and a lot of toys, mainly the chew ones. Some rabbit like chewing on a piece of wood and one of them is this breed. Give rabbit-safe wood can make their day more enjoyable.
Care and Treatment
English Angora are like any other Angora types. Although they are healthy and simple to care for compared to other rabbits. You should considered taking it to the veterinarian. The most worrisome health issue the potential for woodblock. There are no cases of this breed had genetic diseases been reported but they still can suffer from other rabbit symptoms. Rabbit breeders have done more then they could to make this breed healthier and less genetic disease. Some of the illnesses seen in this breed is:
- Dental disease: Overgrown teeth, can change alignment of the mouth
- Viral infections: Spores in the urine or by insect or animals contaminated by the virus.
- Spinal Injury: Damaged due to suddenly kick out with its hind legs or dropped.
- Bladder problems: Excessive calcium build-up (bladder stone)
- Parasites: Cheyletiella mites can cause itching and hair loss, easily treated by vet
Neutering or spaying is recommended because rabbits can develop cancer and tumors that are life – threatening.
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