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Angora Rabbits
May 24, 2013
5:23 pm
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starcatcher
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Does anyone here raise angora rabbits? My husband and I are thinking about getting two this summer, but we would like to hear about other people’s firsthand experience raising them before we commit. 

July 8, 2013
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Wow!  Can almost not believe that no one has answered this inquiry.  Am bumping it up just in case someone who knows the answer missed it when first asked.

Anulos qui animum ostendunt omnes gestemus!

July 24, 2013
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I have hesitated to jump in and speak up because I’ve never raised Angoras myself, but as nobody else has had any advice I’ll throw in my two cents.  I raised 4H rabbits when I was a kid (ages ago!), and one summer I took care of a friend’s Angoras while their family was traveling.

 

Angoras tend to be medium to larger sized rabbits, around 5-8 pounds, but look a lot larger because of the fluffy fur.  The ones I encountered were very mellow and enjoyed receiving attention and being petted, but as with any rabbit I’m sure this was at least partially due to them being handled regularly.  I’m not sure if you are planning on raising them to harvest the wool, but if I remember correctly Angoras release their coats twice a year.  The wool is harvested either by gently pulling the released wool from the angora’s coat, or by combing it with a very fine-toothed comb.  You can usually differentiate between the released wool and the rabbit’s current coat by color — the released wool is usually lighter than the wool that is still attached to the rabbit.

Because of their long coats, Angoras do require a lot more maintenance than other rabbit breeds because you need to brush them several times a week to avoid having their fur mat up.  This includes brushing their stomachs, which requires flipping the rabbit over.  Flipping them over onto their backs and holding them securely for grooming isn’t that difficult, but it does require patience and a little know-how.  I’m sure there are demonstrations on you-tube that do a better job of explaining the process than I could do in text. 

 

 

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