Angora rabbit in wire framed hutch

Everyone will have their own way of doing things when it comes to keeping their own Angora rabbits. This is the routine of an experienced breeder. Rabbits can be fed once or twice a day and appreciate being fed at the same time or times every day.

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The welfare of the Angora rabbit is very important to all members of the National Angora Club, whether exhibitors, craftspeople, pet owners or members with a combination of all three interests. 

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The National Angora Club (NAC) officials for 2017 – 2019 are listed below and include breeders, judges and enthusiasts of the English angora rabbit. If you are interested in joining the NAC (UK) then why not contact us for more information on how to become a member or go to the Constitution and rules.

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This welfare code has been unofficial for many years, and has now been discussed at our Annual General Meeting and published in our yearbook.

National Angora Club Members:

  1. Make the welfare of the rabbit their priority.
  2. Do not breed Angora rabbits for sale for commercial gain.
  3. Sell only to vetted private owners and not to the pet trade or for children’s pets.
  4. Only sell rabbits 10 weeks of age or older.
  5. Give new owners clipping and grooming demonstrations and support them after sale.
  6. Give a supply of food and detailed information on diet and care at the point of sale.
  7. Send rabbits by courier only to experienced Angora owners.
  8. Give correct advice on showing, ringing, vaccinations, neutering and bonding.
  9. Help wherever possible to find homes for unwanted Angoras.
  10. Strongly discourage the irresponsible breeding of any rabbit.

Ice water bottle in cage

Top 10 approaches to keeping your Angoras cool in hot weather:

  1. Clip them to remove the large long coats
  2. Use frozen bottles of water or frozen pads so they can sit by them to cool down
  3. Hang a wet towel in front of their cage or cover part of the hutch with a wet towel
  4. Ensure they are in a shaded location or add additional shade netting to the area and if necessary move hutches into the shade area if possible
  5. Ensure good ventilation and use additional fans to aid with moving air if possible
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The primary need before the purchase of stock is housing. Any hutches designed for a medium-sized breed will suitably accommodate Angoras. A single rabbit needs a hutch two feet square and not less than 21” in height. Breeding hutches should not be less than three feet by two feet. A very practical idea is to have hutches four feet by two feet with a removable partition, so it can house two single rabbits or a doe and litter. (note modern recommendations are for very much larger hutches.)

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