The Angora Rabbits are domestic animals bred solely for their silky, soft wool – so they live throughout the world. They originally came from Ankara, Turkey – the city used to be called Angora – which explains their name.
Angora rabbit breeds
There are four main breeds of Angora rabbits; English, French, Giant, and Satin – they are the only ones at the time of writing officially recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders’ Association.
At first sight they actually look like giant fur balls, but that’s really their fur. The fur can grow as long as six and a half feet (2 meters) in diameter. Cute as they are – proper grooming is vital to avoid the fur matting and becoming unsalable later.
A large supply of hay is absolutely vital to them. When the rabbits groom themselves by licking their fur, they also consume fur. However unlike some animals they cannot cough it up or vomit it and so it gets stuck in the digestive track; this is called wool block. If the digestive track gets blocked by hair this will be lethal to the rabbit as it may starve death. The fiber that the rabbits get from hay prevents wool block. To avoid getting wool block in the first place the rabbits are sheared every 3-4 months.
Angora Rabbits are also featured in this following book:
25 Weirdest Animals in the World
Weird Animal Species – The Angora Rabbit
Lots of great information on the Angora here from the Epic Wildlife team.
English Angora Rabbits: Cicero and Reginald
5 month old rabbits hopping around in their pen.
11.27.2010 YBRC rabbit show English Angora
A close look at some English Angora rabbits at the 11.27.2010 YBRC rabbit show.
2010 NARBC National Angora Show, Dalton, Ga. Best In Show
Ray Hall judges the 2010 NARBC National Angora Show.