Lilac breed standard

  • Head, ears and feet dove grey with a very distinct warm tone
  • Wool pale dove grey, the tips (guard hair) to match the head and ears
  • Eyes blue or shades of brown, from dark to pale ochre, often with a warm glow
  • Under colour to match top colour
  • Nails horn coloured in keeping with the dilute nature

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Blue breed standard

  • Head, feet and ears blue, as dark as possible
  • Wool blue without white base
  • Tips to match head
  • Ears and nose to be free of silvering
  • Eyes blue-grey

The Blue is a self colour, and when bred to Blue for several generations has the genotype aaBBCCddEEll. It can be thought of as a dilute Smoke.

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Needle Felting (Art therapy with my Angoras) by Rachel Dunscombe

I have been keeping rabbits since I was 7 years old (first rabbit was and English lop/cross called Loppy) I met my first angora rabbit a few years later, when the mother of my best friend bought a smoke (Blossom) so she could spin and knit the fibre. This was my inspiration for my love of the breed and specifically smoke. Several breeds later I bought my two beautiful boys Benjamin and Elliot from the wonderful Sally May in 2014.

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Cream next to a Blue-Cream

BIue-Cream breed standard

  • Mask and feet blue
  • Wool as for cream but with blue shading on ears and flanks with the colour extended across the belly
  • A blue tinge to the wool and blue tipping is desirable but NOT essential
  • Eyes blue-grey

Blue Cream is a self colour, not an Agouti colour, and a Blue Cream bred to Blue Cream for several generations will have the genotype aaBBCCddeell. It can be considered to be a dilute version of the Sooty Fawn.

Golden

  • Head, feet and tips a rich, clean orange gold
  • Wool lighter, with colour carried down as far as possible, shading to a creamy white base
  • Belly creamy white, eyes brown

This is one of the oldest colours of Angora, but sadly now is relatively rare. It is an Agouti colour, and when Golden has been bred to Golden for many generations, has the genotype AABBCCDDeell

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I was sorry to hear the sad news that Ray Whitcombe has died. He was a lovely man who did a huge amount of work for the National Angora Club over the years when he worked as secretary in the 60s and then a few years ago until ill health made him give up. He was an active exhibitor of stock and products as well as an experienced judge in both.I have many happy memories of spending time in his company. Love to his family at this sad time xx

 

Ray Whitcombe 1939-2018

Rays interest in rabbits started when he was a child, as dinner not keeping! The elderly couple that lived next door to him sometimes shot rabbits to eat and saved him a leg for his tea! His first 2 pets were a pair of chinchillas called Ching and Chang that unfortunately escaped – he always strenuously denied letting them out.

His next foray into rabbit keeping was when he was doing his A Levels. He was living in Chipping Sodbury at the time and bought 2 supposed English does from a local market, these were returned a couple of weeks later as they were both bucks and fought like cat and dog! Next came a Flemish giant the lived for 9 years but it wasn’t until 1966 that his true involvement in the fancy first began. The parents of one of his pupils kept and showed Dutch rabbits and it was with them that he attended his first shows. In 1967 his fate was sealed when, whilst exhibiting at a show, he heard a funny hissing sound. He investigated and found a woman fussing with what he thought was a woolley hat – it was of course Mrs Pratley grooming her show angora. Ray was well and truly hooked and from that moment on Angoras became his passion.

He became secretary of the National Angora Club after the great Joe Holmes retired, stepping down only when he went abroad to teach. On his return to this country he picked up in the angora fancy where he left off. He was a breeder judge, he handspun and was products judge, a council member , Vice Chairman and then Chairman. He always attended stock shows and was a regular visitor at the Ewerby social weekends at Dennis and Sandra’s until ill health overtook him. 

Introduction

This article was written many years ago by Mrs Pratley, a former President of the National Angora Club. For present day Angora keepers, some things have changed. Wool is stored in self seal heavy duty freezer bags rather than newspaper, tins and boxes, and the rabbit is often clipped sitting on the owner’s knee. Plucking is rarely performed nowadays, as to pluck ethically and correctly is extremely time consuming, as it is done over several weeks whilst the rabbit is moulting. Lakeland Mothstop is the product recommended now to protect wool from moths. Waste wool can be composted, or left out for the birds in Spring for nests.

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National Angora Club Stock Show held at Coventry 27th May 2018 and judged Neil Robertson. We had a very good entry for our first stock show of the year, quite a few different colours on show too. Congratulations to Richard and Rob , Yvonne Hobbs Fothergill, Michell Campbell, Christine Hamilton, Dawn Caines, Janet Rhodes and Savanannah (our junior) who entered and well done to cope with the grooming which is needed to do these lovely creatures justice.

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Our new badges have arrived. Anyone who would like one please contact Sally May through the contacts page and the price per badge £4 plus £1 postage. These are pin badges but sew on ones are also available.

Sooty Fawn breed standard

  • Mask and feet brown-black, wool as for golden, but with brown-black shadings on lower flanks and ears
  • Belly creamy white, eyes brown

This is a very attractive self coloured rabbit. When Sooty Fawn has been bred to Sooty Fawn for several generations, the genotype is aaBBCCDDeell

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