The London Championship Show for October 2021 was held this year in Peterborough and thank you to everyone who attended or supported the National Angora Club and entered Angora wool products and Angoras into the show.
Only two adult angoras were shown this year, both whites shown by Christine Hamilton and Adel Wray of Foxwood stud. Adel was the winner of best angora. Congratulations to Adel.
Thank you to Sue Fisher for judging the products this year. Best in show for the wool products was Mary Tomlin with her stunning rise pink cardigan, beautifully made and presented. Congratulations to Mary. Mary had also entered two other luxurious garments, a lovely white scarf/ shawl again beautifully made and presented and a mauve top, another gorgeous item. A full report will be posted once fur and feather have published the results.
Wow have they changed, they are little bundles of fluff now and full of energy and keen to play and run about. They still don’t have names yet and still not 100% on whether they are bucks or does or one of each. The larger potentially is a doe whilst the smaller bunny might be a buck. They have very different characters which develop more each day as does their coat colouring.
They have made it through to week 4 and are both developing really well and are starting to look more like Angora rabbits now, well in some of the photos they look more like Chinchilla’s but as they grow this will change. They have developed fun personalities and have some very distinctive character traits developing like the larger one is more inquisitive and wants to climb and both stand on their back legs to get a better vantage point to look out. While the smaller one tends to like to try to burrow and dig and run in and out of the cardboard box.
Just as an update the Breed standard changed this year for Coloured Angoras with the redefining of the Sooty Fawn colour now being Tortoiseshell (Sooty Fawn)( Black Mask) and Chocolate Tortoiseshell (Chocolate Mask)
The journey of the two baby English Angora rabbits continues as they start to develop further. This is the end of week 3 so 21 days old now and are quite the characters. As they are being hand reared they are very used to being handled and very friendly and social at such a young age in comparison to naturally raised young. Fortunately there were two to hand rear at the same time which has, I believe, helped their development in contrast to when I have only had one to hand rear.
So hopefully hand rearing baby Angora rabbits is rarely needed, but in the eventuality that it is, here is some guidance on how to do it. Recently I had a doe who gave birth to a litter of babies, she started to show signs of failing health prior to the birth and sadly died immediately following the birth of the babies. The two babies were born on the 6th September 2021.
Products Show to be held at the London Champs on Saturday 9th October. Entries to Sandra Orr by post or bring them on the day but ring Sandra the week before so she can organise the paperwork and show. Sandra is our products secretary and her address and phone number are in your yearbooks or on the clubs website.
I was born in South Africa and spent the whole of my childhood in Pretoria and Cape Town. My maternal grandmother lived about a mile away in what could only be described as her own private zoo. As I was her favourite grandchild I was her very willing apprentice and shared her love of nature from a very young age. Apart from a large fish pond she designed and built almost unaided there was an enormous aviary poultry of all sorts, a few donkeys, ponies and horses and two or three small tame monkeys. But the greatest delight for me were the four angora rabbits – a pair of whites and a pair of sables. She also bred a few Sealpoint Siamese cats and Po pomeranian dogs so even with such a huge choice the angoras were both my Gran’s and my undisputed favourites.