Angora rabbits (‘the bunny with a bonus’) are one of the oldest types of domestic rabbit. Originating in Turkey, they are bred for their long, soft wool. First appearing in the United States in the early 1900s, there are now a variety of individual breeds of Angoras, including French, English, and Giant. Satin Angoras are a cross of a Satin rabbit and a French Angora rabbit. This results in extremely soft-textured wool which is stronger and even more well-suited for spinning than the other varieties of Angora.
Angoras have a wool undercoat, with an amazing abundance of guard hairs on the surface. In addition to an abundance of furry wool all over their body, they are also festooned with this luxe fur on their ears, face and front feet! These bunnies are high maintenance in that they should be groomed daily to prevent their fur from matting and – even more critically – to keep them from ingesting excess fur, which can lead to wool block. Wool block is quickly fatal if not treated immediately. Luckily, these bunnies are generally calm, docile and supremely friendly, and have no problem with being groomed every day. Many owners will also shear their bunnies’ wool to 3” or so every 12-14 weeks to assist in preventing wool block situations. Many owners have learned to spin, in order to use that wool!
Angoras range in weight from 4# – 10#, depending on what breed of Angora they are, and they come in an abundance of colors – white, black, agouti and shaded, as well as broken colors (white with spots). They also have a variety of eye colors: ruby, brown, and blue!
Joy (pictured) is a fabulous purebred Angora (author believes Satin Angora) who was surrendered by her owner to the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. Joy is incredibly friendly and affectionate, she is 18 months old, and is spayed and ready to be adopted. The author can vouch that this girl is a peach! Gentle plucking of her fur and a Zoom Groom are working well to keep her coat looking fabulous, and she adores the attention. This is one special rabbit! If you would like to meet Joy, please contact the Humane Society of Greater Dayton at (937) 768-PETS.
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