Is there any best breed for spinning?
Every breed has a different fiber. While one person may love the qualities of one breed over another, it’s like choosing which song is the best, your choice may depend on your mood, feeling, and some you may love while others you may hate! The best suggestion is get samples of fiber to spin from breeders you are considering buying from. NWARAoffers a Breed Sample Kit for 25.00 including shipping, that has a sample of each type of Angora, along with information on who donated the samples. CLICK HERE to purchase a sample.
What should I look for in an angora?
Health should be your first concern. Any rabbit you purchase should be over 10 weeks old, and over the minimum junior weight for it’s breed. If you don’t know that, over 4 pounds is a good guideline. The bunny should be free of mats, clear eyes, clear nose, bright and inquisitive and fairly easy to handle. Most Angoras like people and are curious. When meeting a new person they may be scared but should be used to being flipped over on their back, having their coats worked with, and the breeder should be able to tell you a bit about their personality. Early handling is key to a friendly rabbit. Coat should be dense. In a young rabbit, the baby texture will be softer than the senior (adult) texture but still be easy to keep free of mats. Some breeders choose to shear off the baby coat. Ask for a before photo if possible, or an example of their parent’s coat.
A senior rabbit should be clean, and bright eyed. No discharge should be noted from eyes or nose. Ears should be clear of wax. Again the breeder should be able to show you how easy the rabbit is to handle, and give you insight into personality. Also ask about shearing schedules, whether they molt, or not and if sheared ask to see a sample of the fiber along with the weight. Asking them about grooming schedules is a good idea as well. You want to avoid rabbits who mat.
How much care per week does an Angora rabbit take?
An angora with a GOOD coat, will take approximately 15 minutes of general work a day (cleaning cage, watering, feeding, handling) and then add on approximately 1/2 an hour of grooming time. Some weeks will be less some more. But that can be a good guideline to go by. You will find yourself wanting to spend much more time with them, as they are so much fun :).
What is the best way to harvest their wool?
There are two main ways of harvesting fiber. One is to shear it off, and the other is to pluck or comb it out. Shearing has the advantage of being faster overall. It’s done carefully with sharp scissor or clippers. Some like to shear to the skin, others leave a half inch of fiber or so. The negative to shearing is that you lose more color, and if not timed correctly, it can result in a short shedding coat on a molting rabbit. Plucking is done by gently ‘tugging’ the fiber out. When it’s ready to be released a molting rabbit will release the fiber easily and quickly. Some people prefer to spin a plucked coat. You can also comb or brush a molting rabbit. This removes the coat into a cloud for using for spinning.
Are Angoras harmed while the wool is harvested?
Angoras should never be harmed while their wool is harvested! Overly aggressive plucking as seen on some videos damages the hair follicles and the coat will never grow back. Gentle is the key to it all. We value our rabbit’s coat, and they deserve the best care. Shearing or plucking is generally done slowly and carefully with every effort made to avoid any injuries.
Where should I house my angora?
Angoras make wonderful interactive house pets. They also do great outside in a hutch or in a protected building. You want to make sure their environment stays cool enough for them, is protected from dogs, wild animals, and strangers, is shady, and is draft and rain free.
My child wants an Angora rabbit. Are they good with children?
Angoras can be great for responsible, gentle, kids. However like any pet for a child, the adult must be able to supervise all chores, and most likely completely handle things such as shearing and deep cleaning of cages. Children can explore options like 4-H and youth showing the American Rabbit Breeder’s Association. Both can be great for building confidence, and for learning important life skills.
Are angora rabbits better in pairs, or separate?
Angoras are best kept in their own cages so you can prevent injury and coat loss. This also prevents accidental litters. That old saying, ‘breed like rabbits’ is very true when you don’t want any babies!
Where should I find my Angora?
A fiber show, or a rabbit show is a great place to start looking. NWARA members also get a free listing on this website. Look for a breeder who spins, who takes pride in their rabbits, and who presents happy relaxed bunnies. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and shy away from a breeder who won’t answer the questions or asks impatient. This is a lifetime commitment you are making!
What is the best diet for Angoras?
A well formulated rabbit food, generally found at a feed store, along with clean grass or timothy hay, lots of fresh clean water, and an occasional treat is best. Your breeder is the best guide for what works best for their line.