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The Angora Rabbit

by
Betty Chu

There are four breeds of Angora rabbits: English Angora, French Angora, Giant Angora and Satin Angora. English and French were the original breeds, Satin and Giant were introduced in the late 1980s.

Four breeds of Angora rabbits

picture of English The English Angora has a cute face with heavy wool furnishings on the ears, face and feet. The wool texture is silky with a small percentage of guard hair, thus it requires more grooming. The smallest breed of the four, English Angora weighs 5-7-1/2 lbs at maturity. The English Angora is characterized being round and soft.
picture of French The French Angora has a sleek face and ears and resembles a “regular” rabbit. The wool has a higher percentage of guard hair to underwool, thus it requires less grooming. The body is medium length with an oval shape. Its mature weight is 8-10 lbs.
picture of Giant The Giant Angora is only recognized in white; colored ones are considered cross-breeds. The Giant does not molt and thus must be sheared. The largest of the four breeds, its mature weight is approximately 9-12 lbs.
picture of Satin The Satin Angora is characterized by the sheen of the coat; the look resembles a smaller version of the French. The Satin comes in rich natural colors but produces the shortest and the least wool of the four breeds. The coat is quite soft and thus requires frequent grooming. Ideal weight of a matured Satin is 8 lbs.

In English, French, and Satin, there are two varieties; the white variety and the colored variety. Of the colored variety there are many different colors including but not limited to fawn, cream, tortoiseshell, black, blue, chocolate, lilac, sable, pearl, chinchilla. The only color recognized as a pure breed of Giant Angora is white. Work is in progress to introduce black color into the Giant.

According to the breed registration statistics compiled by the American Rabbit Breeders Association, English is the most popular breed of the four, followed by French, Satin and Giant.


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