It is very important to do your research before buying any Angora rabbits from breeders on the internet with youngsters or preloved sites. You can get into a lot of problems very easily if you don’t. Look at the British Rabbit Council and find your local clubs, or a national club, such as the National Angora Club and don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions before you buy.  

The fact that a lot of rabbits are called Angora because they have a long fluffy coat does not make them such. Rabbits that are cross bred can produce long coats which are then called “woolies” these might be cute, but the coats can be unmanageable and therefore extremely hard to deal with. So be aware that not all rabbits being sold as ‘Angora’ are actually pure bred Angora or even English Angora rabbits.

The price is a factor too, you can pay an enormous amount for a rabbit which is unnecessary as you can buy a show standard one at half the price from a reputable breeder. Check out an earlier post on the cost of buying an Angora rabbit.

It is important to know that rabbits can breed from the age of three months, so even if you plan to have them neutered at six months, you must keep them separated at all times before that happens. Young bucks can start at eight or nine weeks jumping on their siblings, so it is extremely important to keep them apart. Mating this young will not hurt the buck but the doe will be far to young to cope and it may result in at worst her death and possibly not being able to breed again.

If you want any specific information get in touch and we will be happy to help.

Fortunately I have Angora Rabbits, looking after them is a bit like painting the Forth Road Bridge, and the daily tasks keep me quite busy. As once you have finished the morning feed and water, followed by cleaning out, grooming and or clipping then the evening feeding and water before turning the covers down for the night, you have to start all over again the next day.

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Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) is the use of animals in a recreation or visitation setting to help people with specific needs. Providing many opportunities for people of all ages to gain motivation, education and / or recreational enhancement of the quality of our human lives. Animal Assisted Activities are delivered in a range of different environments by specifically trained professionals, paraprofessionals and / or volunteers in association with the animals that meet the criteria.

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This year we want to encourage all our members to join us in the virtual world and share your Angora bunnies with everyone.

So what we would like you to do is send in a photo of your Angora bunny, if you want to send us more than one if you have lots of bunnies then please do, there is no limit on how many entries you can put in.

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We want you to be able to continue enjoying the benefits of being a National Angora Club member so now is the time to renew your membership or become a member before the 1st January. It is a great time as 2021 is the year of our biannual year book, so if you want to receive this or contribute you will be able to do so if you join or renew your membership.

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Corn and greens

All plants of the earth are specially for feeding of the animals of the universe, and as rabbits are a part of this animal kingdom the main feed of the rabbit is herb’s or in winter bark of trees. Because we have chosen to make pets of rabbits the feeding habits should not change to suit our way of feeding, so rabbits will exist on herb’s and garden plants, without recourse to pellets and water. In fact rabbits fed on green food need not be given water in any circumstances. My rabbits have never seen water. (Article from the 1998 Year Book).

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Sooty fawn (Chris Hamilton)

The Onion and the invisible ink, an article by Steve Cook from the 1992 Year book. It’s amazing how often common sense answers to problems are incorrect. Common sense is not always that common or sensible.

For instance, I remember well a rabbit fancier expressing the view that the best way to produce cream angoras would be to cross a gold with a white angora. The theory was similar to that of mixing paints, “white and red paints mixed makes pink”. Of course, a gold crossed with a white angora should yield anything but creams or even even whites or golden kittens. I should imagine that brown-greys or smokes would be a likely outcome (and not particularly good ones at that).

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Buy the latest copy of Country Smallholding magazine to read an article by Lee Connor featuring Lesley Hordon and Richard Grindey-Banks, who are our National Angora Club Members. The three page article covers the role of Angora rabbits in wool production and exhibition. Care, housing, clipping and grooming are featured, along with advice on choosing quality rabbits. The article appears in the magazine’s special 45th birthday November 2020 issue, and is well worth a read.