15 Facts About Angora rabbit


Angora rabbit, which is one of the oldest types of domestic rabbit, is bred for the long fibers of its coat, known as Angora wool, which are gathered by shearing, combing or plucking.

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Angora rabbit is said to have originated in Ankara, in present-day Turkey, and is known to have been brought to France in 1723.

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The Angora rabbit became a popular pet of the French royalty in the mid-18th century, and Angoras had spread to other parts of Europe by the end of that century.

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Angora rabbit wool is harvested every three to four months throughout the year.

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Angora rabbit'saring typically starts at the head, moving across the shoulders to the tail.

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The Angora rabbit is then flipped and the underside shorn from tail to chin.

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Rabbits of the Angora breed are adorned with "fur", growths of wool on the ears and the entire face except above the nose, and front feet, along with their thick body, and wool.

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The English Angora rabbit is the only one of the Angora rabbit breeds that has hair covering its eyes.

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The color of a French Angora rabbit is determined by the color of its head, feet and tail .

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Angora rabbit's used German Angoras, French Lops and Flemish Giants to develop a completely different 'commercial' body type.

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Only color variety ARBA currently recognizes for the Giant Angora rabbit is the Ruby-eyed White, a color that indicates the genetic absence of pigment .

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The Giant Angora rabbit is the only breed of angora that is shown only as a ruby-eyed white.

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Classification of the Giant Angora rabbit is different from the other three breeds owing to it being a 6-class animal.

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Satin Angora was developed in the late 1970s by Mrs Meyer of Holland Landing, Ontario, Canada, who crossed French Angoras with rabbits of the Satin breed.

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Satin Angora rabbit wool is said to be stronger for spinning than other Angora rabbit varieties, but because of its slipperiness it can be more difficult to spin.

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