English Angora Rabbit

  • COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: England
  • YEAR RECOGNIZED: 1910
  • USES: Wool, show
  • WEIGHT: 7.5 pounds (3.5 kg) max., senior bucks
  • BODY TYPE: Compact
  • FUR TYPE: Wool, with great density

COLORS:

  • Agouti Group — chinchilla, chocolate chinchilla, lilac chinchilla, squirrel
  • Agouti Varieties — chestnut, chocolate agouti, copper, lynx, opal
  • Broken Group — white in combination with any accepted Angora color
  • Pointed White Group — white body with black, blue, chocolate, or lilac on nose, ears, feet, and tail
  • Self Group — blue-eyed white, ruby-eyed white
  • Self Group — black, blue, chocolate, lilac
  • Shaded Group — pearl, sable, seal, smoke pearl
  • Ticked Group — blue steel, chocolate steel, lilac steel, steel
  • Tortoiseshell Varieties — blue tortoiseshell, chocolate tortoiseshell, lilac tortoiseshell, tortoiseshell
  • Wide Band Group — cream, fawn, red

ALL ANGORA RABBITS are known for their long, thick fur. In addition to being pets or impressive show rabbits, Angoras are raised for their wool, which can be harvested periodically by shearing or plucking, at no risk to the animal, and woven or knit into various garments.

The English Angora is the smallest of the four recognized Angora breeds.

The rabbit’s long, dense hair gives it the look of a fur ball with a pair of short, erect ears, tasseled with strands of long fur. Its coat is wonderfully soft and silky, but the English Angora requires more grooming than any other Angora breed because its fur mats easily.

The ARBA recognizes four Angora breeds, the smallest of which is the English. In addition to being the smallest of the Angora lot, the English was the first Angora to be recognized by a North American national standards organization, the National Pet Stock Association, a forerunner of the ARBA, when the rabbits were known as Angora Woolers.

While called the English Angora — the breed was selectively developed in England for 150 years — its forebears were French-type Angoras. In the United States, Angoras can be traced back to the 1840s.