English Angora Rabbits
English Angora Rabbits, Living Works of Art

Whether kept as show rabbits, as pets, or both, the English Angora Rabbit is also a source of fine, soft, warm fiber for hand spinning.
English Angora Rabbit Doe Keeping these adorable animals is a way of life.

ARBA STANDARD FOR ENGLISH ANGORA RABBIT
The English Angora Rabbit is a breed of rabbit recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association. Breeders should strive to produce animals that are as close to the ARBA Standard of Perfection as possible. Every Angora breeder should have a copy of the Standard, which is available from the ARBA website.ARBA Standard of Perfection

The Standard allots 100 points to each breed, and the points are divvied up according to importance of each aspect of conformation. For the English Angora, about one third of the points are placed on the body, which includes the head, ears, eyes, feet and legs, and the tail.

Over half of the points are placed on the English Angora's wool, which slightly over half of those points being awarded for wool density. Texture is also important. Length of wool is given 12 points, but the minimum required length for showing is only two inches. The ideal length is a range of 3 1/2 to 5 inches, but no extra credit is given for longer coats. Points are deducted for mats and poor grooming.

Weight of senior does (6 months and older) must be at least 5 pounds and no more than 7 1/2 pounds. Senior bucks must be at least 5 pounds and no more than 7 pounds.



COLORS (ARBA approved)
Pointed white (black, blue, chocolate, or lilac)
Blue eyed white (BEW)
Ruby eyed white (REW)
Chinchilla
Chocolate chinchilla
Lilac chinchilla
Squirrel
Chestnut
Copper
Lynx
Opal
Cream
Fawn
Red
Pearl
Sable
Seal
Smoke pearl
Blue tortoiseshell
Chocolate tortoiseshell
Lilac tortoiseshell
Tortoiseshell
Blue steel
Chocolate steel
Lilac steel
Steel


The winning show rabbits are usually one of the tortoiseshell colors, or REW. Raising a top quality show rabbit is a challenge, so most show breeders stick to the basic colors.


BASIC EQUIPMENT FOR KEEPING AN ENGLISH ANGORA RABBIT
Before you get an English Angora Rabbit, you should have these items.

Shelter out of wind and rain that is cool in the summer. It must be safe from predators.

Cage that is at least 24 inches wide X 30 inches long X 18 inches high. It should have a floor of 1/2 inch X 1 inch welded wire fabric, so her wool stays clean.

Grooming blower. (A shop vac is not good enough.)

Slicker brushes.

Claw clippers.

Scissors.

Quality pelleted rabbit food. We like
Pen Pals 16% protein.

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BUYING AN ENGLISH ANGORA RABBIT FOR SALE
If you have no previous experience with rabbits, and are a newcomer to the world of purebred ARBA rabbits, it may be a bit difficult at first, to find someone willing to sell you quality show stock. There will be lots of "bunny mills" who are willing to sell you rabbits, but you should try to avoid those.

Because English Angora Rabbits are so cute, a lot of people buy them on impulse, without being properly prepared to give them the labor intensive care they need. For us breeders, this presents the conundrum of wanting to promote our hobby and welcome new participants, while at the same time, protecting the animals from falling into neglect. We also don't want to see anyone think they are going to get rich from breeding these rabbits.They won't get rich from selling their fur, either, although some Angora owners do sell their excess fiber, and yarn or garments made from it.

We recommend that you email or telephone some English Angora Rabbit breeders, and express your sincere interest in the breed. Don't just email, "Do you have any rabbits for sale?" Explain who you are, and why you are interested. If you think they are adorable and you just can't stop thinking about them, say so. Ask questions.

Attend ARBA rabbit shows. Sit with the Angora Rabbit breeders, and ask questions. Watch the judging. Don't try to impress the other breeders with your knowledge and experience; go with a learner's mind.

FIND AN ARBA SANCTIONED RABBIT SHOW

You may also email us, and we will try to help you find a reputable breeder of English Angora Rabbits.


If you want to get a rabbit as a pet for your child, please understand that you will need to give your child a lot of assistance with the rabbit's care! In our opinion, English Angoras are not really suitable for children, but we must admit, we got started with them ourselves by first getting them for our children.

Our recommendation is: START WITH A SINGLE RABBIT. Then after you are comfortable with the care of that one rabbit, you can begin to grow a little herd.

NO CROSS BREEDING! Responsible breeders do not breed mutts. Responsible breeders do not breed just to raise pet bunnies.
ANGORA WOOL
Spin Angora fiber with a hand spindle
English Angora Rabbits are small rabbits that produce lots of fiber that is suitable for hand spinning. You don't need an expensive spinning wheel to spin Angora fiber into yarn; you can do it with a simple, home-made hand spindle.
BEGINNING
Newborn Angora Rabbit kits
Newborn Kits

Like all rabbits, English Angora kits are born naked and with eyes shut. They begin growing fur right away, and by the time they are 3 weeks old, they have begun to grow wool.

ANGORA FIBER

English Angora Rabbit after shearing.
Sheared Angora

The wool grows about one inch per month. Some bloodlines will naturally molt every 4 to 6 months, and their wool may be removed by gentle "plucking." The show lines hold their coats for many months, and their coats are removed by shearing with scissors or clippers. Gentle shearing or plucking when needed is humane, and necessary for the rabbits' health.

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