Happy Easter from the National Angora Club, who wouldn’t love to see a cute English Angora rabbit baby at Easter. However, please think twice before buying a rabbit for someone for Easter, they do make ideal pets but they should not be an impulse purchase. If you are thinking of buying a rabbit, then research first and ensure you know the responsibilities that you are taking on when you buy one.
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This is Guinevere, an English Angora rabbit and todays winner of the angora class at the Gloucester show. She belongs to Linda David of Rainbow Stud. Guinevere got her Challenge Certificate (CC) and was second in the under five (u/5) challenge and 2nd in the grand challenge out of 20 rabbits. She was bred by Yvonne Hobbs-Fothergill of Willowcot Stud. The judging at the show was done by Bill brake. Congratulations, Linda that is a superb result.
In this demonstration & talk, you will see how an Angora is clipped. The process is completely ethical and causes no injury to the rabbit. The rabbit’s coat is brushed to remove any ‘bedding’ and the clipping takes place using scissors. As the rabbit is clipped, the wool is sorted into bags for spinning and felting. Sally & Lesley have kept Angoras for 30 years and give a knowledgeable half hour demo & talk.
Babies intended for exhibition will require daily grooming from about 6 weeks old onwards. Rabbits for exhibition should have a British Rabbit Council (BRC) ring size E slipped on to a hind leg at between 6-8 weeks depending on growth rate. NB: This is most important as non ringed rabbits cannot be shown.
The wool grows approximately 1″ a month and is harvested four times a year by clipping every thee months, or plucking when the wool is ripe and ready to come away. The exhibition angora needs to be given skillful grooming to make it ready to be shown.
If you are new to owning an Angora rabbit but keen to see what showing is about, then here is a quick guide to how to enter a rabbit show. For further details contact us or come and talk to us on the National Angora Club stand at a show sometime.
The interbreeding of Coloured Angoras
The surging interest in handspinning that has arisen during the last few years has greatly increased our membership. Unfortunately, a large proportion of these newcomers, welcome as they are, have not the faintest interest in exhibiting and, therefore, do not appreciate how essential it is to preserve the highest standards of the breed, particularly regarding coloureds, to which enthusiasts in former years have devoted almost a lifetime in achieving improvement to the present high quality.
Angora rabbits make excellent pets for spinners. One Angora rabbit can produce as much as 400g of wool per year and as it is spun fine and at high twist, a little Angora goes a long way.
An exhibition Angora rabbit will be excellent for wool, but breeders will often let a rabbit with a minor defect making it unsuitable for exhibition or breeding (for example a white foot in a coloured rabbit) go to a good wool home for a lower price.
Be wary of rescue Angoras if you wish to spin the coat. Many “Angoras” in rescue are not true Angoras, but crossbreeds, Cashmere lops or Lionheads, with coats unsuitable for spinnng.
If you would like to take an Angora from a rescue, take an experienced Angora person with you to help you choose. Remember Angoras do NOT have lop ears. Again contact the National Angora Club and find a reputable local breeder.
Here is a list of the top essential items used by angora rabbit breeders
- Oxbow critical Care
- Senokot tablets
- Baby diarrhorea mixture
- Talcum no scented
- Baby wipes
- Virkon – disinfectant to kill all bugs
- Fly papers
- Savlon liquid and cream
- Rear guard– for fly strike (when parts of the body (usually rear end) gets infested with fly eggs and maggots eat the flesh.
- Bathe with salt water and pat dry, apply a cream such as savlon