Satin Angora Rabbit

  • COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada
  • YEAR RECOGNIZED: 1987
  • USES: Wool, show
  • WEIGHT: 9.5 pounds (4.3 kg) max., senior bucks and does
  • BODY TYPE: Commercial
  • FUR TYPE: Wool; 3 inches (7.6 cm) long; finer than other Angora breeds but with similar 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

FOUR ANGORA BREEDS ARE RECOGNIZED in North America, all of which trace their ancestry to rather murky beginnings in Europe, Asia Minor, or perhaps both. Rabbits with Angora fur have been bred at The Satin Angora was developed in the early 1980s by Leopoldina P. Meyer of Ontario, Canada. Meyer found a wooly kit in a litter of otherwise typically straight-haired Satin Rabbits. Intrigued, Meyer crossed the wooly Satin to a fawn-colored French Angora, with which the breed today shares an oval-shaped head. By the second generation, her breeding project was consistently producing Satin Angoras.

A medium-to-large rabbit with a meat-type body, the Satin, like other Angora breeds, is prized for its dense long wool, not its muscle content. In contrast to the shaggy Giant and English Angoras, the Satin’s face and erect ears are comparatively “clean-shaven.” The texture of its shiny wool is finer than that of other Angoras, and its sheen distinguishes the Satin from the otherwise similar, although slightly larger, French Angora.