The National Angora Club are often contacted by people who have bought or rescued a fluffy rabbit, and have been told that it is an Angora. It can be difficult for rescues, pet shops and others not familiar with Angoras to tell the difference between different breeds of long haired rabbits. The Club are willing to offer help to people struggling with their rabbit’s coats, but please be warned! Crossbred fluffy rabbits often have coats that are very hard to care for, matting easily, right down to the skin. If you wish for a long haired rabbit, think very carefully of the work involved. Obtain your rabbit from a reputable breeder, who will give life long support, and clipping and grooming lessons before you take your rabbit home. YouTube is not enough!
The rabbit below is a very well cared for and much loved rescue “Angora” whose owner contacted us for help with clipping. Whilst the rabbit was immaculately clean, his coat was matted down to the skin.
It took two hours to clip this rabbit with hairdressing scissors. Fortunately he was very cooperative! Once the old coat was taken off, the owner will find it much easier to manage the new coat as it grows. It is difficult to say what breed he is, but he is likely to be a cross breed. Angoras do not have pigment around the eyes and nose.
Here are pictures of some of the rabbits often mistaken for Angoras. Thanks to the BRC Members Breeders (unofficial) Facebook group for permission to use the photos.
If it has Lop ears, it is not an Angora.
Probably the commonest rabbit mistaken for an Angora is the Lionhead. These lovely little rabbits are smaller than Angoras and have shorter ears.
Notice the plain ears on the long haired Swiss Fox rabbit.
If you would like a long haired rabbit, then consider attending one of the big rabbit shows, The London in Peterborough http://thelondonshow.org/ or The Bradford in Doncaster. http://www.thesmallanimalshow.co.uk/
Talk to the rabbit owners, and find out what is involved. The National Angora Club has a stand at both shows. If you would like to rescue a long haired rabbit, ideally find someone who knows about them to go with you and help and advise.