The National Angora Club was founded in 1963 and was created from the amalgamation of the United Angora Rabbit Club (UARC) and the British Angora Rabbit Society (BARS). From its inception the president of the club was Mrs Barbara Pratley (Willowbank). She is one of the breed’s most influential figures both from a exhibition and products point of view. Her impressive mark will be forever left on the breed and the club.
Angora rabbits need water as part of their daily routine. Wild rabbits tend to get sufficient water from eating grass and greens whilst domesticated rabbits have a largely dry diet and need to have additional water supplied in their cages. This can be through a bottle attached to the cage door held in place by a wire or a cup that hooks onto the wire door or a ceramic bowl within the cage. It is especially important to ensure they have adequate water supplies in hot weather, and that their bowls or bottles do not freeze in winter. Nursing does have a high demand for water due to milk production, and their water supply should be checked frequently.
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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.
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.
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:
- Make the welfare of the rabbit their priority.
- Do not breed Angora rabbits for sale for commercial gain.
- Sell only to vetted private owners and not to the pet trade or for children’s pets.
- Only sell rabbits 10 weeks of age or older.
- Give new owners clipping and grooming demonstrations and support them after sale.
- Give a supply of food and detailed information on diet and care at the point of sale.
- Send rabbits by courier only to experienced Angora owners.
- Give correct advice on showing, ringing, vaccinations, neutering and bonding.
- Help wherever possible to find homes for unwanted Angoras.
- Strongly discourage the irresponsible breeding of any rabbit.
Top 10 approaches to keeping your Angoras cool in hot weather:
- Clip them to remove the large long coats
- Use frozen bottles of water or frozen pads so they can sit by them to cool down
- Hang a wet towel in front of their cage or cover part of the hutch with a wet towel
- 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
- Ensure good ventilation and use additional fans to aid with moving air if possible