If you have acquired a pair of angoras (buck and doe) from a reputable breeder and you have checked that they are up to the standard set by the British Rabbit Council (BRC), are old enough (about eight months upwards) and are fit and well. Then you introduce the doe to the bucks cage. If it is successful the buck will fall off. If not then try again in a few days.
The National Angora Rabbit Club UK Facebook page was originally set up for National Angora Club members. However over the years there are a number of people who have let their memberships lapse. Please can members renew as soon as possible to continue access to the Facebook group. Please send subscriptions to Sally May, Treasurer, before 1st August 2018. The cost up to the end of the year is £2.50. This will bring you up to date to rejoin as normal in January 2019, when the full cost of membership for the year 2019 will be £5.
Those who decide that they do not wish to renew will be removed from the Club Facebook page in August, as the page is for National Angora Club members only. Paypal email is email@example.com, cheques to Sally May at address in Yearbook or pm for address.”
There are various awards upon winning an angora show including trophies, certificates, cups, stars and rosettes. However, it is not just about the winning, it is important to take part and support the shows to ensure that the English Angora rabbit profile is maintained as well as the breed standard.
A key fault with angora rabbits it lopped ears, the cause is not easy to diagnose but it quite common in periods of excessive heat with summer litters. They can lop them due to damage and infection and in some cases it may be one or both ears. Sometimes depending on what caused them to droop in the first place, they do go upright again, but this is less likely. Therefore angora rabbits with droopy or lopped ears are unlikely to be show, exhibition or breeding rabbits and more likely pets.
This is not an easy process, like any animal they are keen to move about and tend not to want to pose for the camera. It does depend on each individual and they all have their own personalities and behavioral traits.
All rabbits need a lot of looking after, and Angoras need more than most. Grooming several times a week, clipping 3 monthly, and they can live for 10 years! If you do not wish to use the coat it is a lot of work.
When your show rabbit has finished being shown, its wool can be used to enter the products competitions held by the National Angora Club at London and Bradford shows. You can pluck some ripe wool from the back of the rabbit in stages you only need 7gms (1/4ozs).
Clipping a angora rabbits should be done approximately once every 3 months to ensure they remain healthy. Once you have all the necessary equipment ready put the rabbit on your knees and brush any debris out of the coat. I usually clip the top coat first. Have your bag ready to put the wool in. Start clipping at the neck, discard any knots and short wool. The wool you should be clipping will hopefully be over 2”, if not it can be bagged and sold as felt. Put all the decent wool in a bag from the top and when you have finished that close that bag and get another.
Most Angora owners clip their rabbit with hairdressing scissors, with the rabbit sat quietly on their knee. Injuries are extremely rare. In Britain rabbits are never restrained and relax into the positions required for clipping.
The clipping doesn’t hurt, and the rabbit is used to being groomed and handled from a very early age. It is done all over, with the exception usually of the main ear furnishing and the coat is cut above the surface of the skin to leave a light fuzz over the whole of the body.
The underside is reached by turning the angora rabbit onto its back and working carefully with the scissors around the underneath of the body, legs, stomach, chin and around the tail.
The wool is clipped off as evenly as possible to avoid leaving one section longer than another. The underside wool is often discarded as this is usually not suitable for use as a wood product.
Is there anything that Angora wool can’t be used for? It was a delight to see some recipients had framed their 1992 Christmas cards made from Angora wool and pulp. I thought you might like to have a go, so here is the method.