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English Angora - Breed Profile:
Appearance and coat descriptionThe English Angora is a medium size rabbit that looks like a ball of fluff, literally. The only area where the fur is short is above the nose. The rest of the rabbit, including the ears and legs, is covered with long dense hair. This thick coat needs to be groomed twice a week if it has correct texture, and daily if it has cottony texture. The English Angora comes in a variety of colours which include ruby-eye white, pointed white, self, shaded, and agouti. Broken-colour individuals (white with black spots) still make wonderful pets but they cannot be shown. The body is compact and short.
The weight is 4,4 to 7,7 pounds. This is the smallest Angora rabbit of the four breeds recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA). The larger ARBA-accepted Angoras include the French Angora, Satin Angora, and Giant Angora. The English Angora is more common as a pet because of its abundant facial features that give it a puppy-dog or teddy-bear look.
TemperamentEnglish Angoras are wonderful bunnies with a very gentle, docile, and sweet personalities. Bred for centuries as a fiber animal, the English Angora will literally rest on your lap while the wool is spun right off the rabbit. They are true "ragdolls" of the rabbit world. However, this breed is only suitable for those who will take care of its luxurious coat properly. English Angoras are known to be more intelligent than guinea pigs and hamsters. They can learn their name and even be trained to go to the toilet in a specific area, which makes cleaning up much easier.
Health and hutchGenerally robust and healthy. English Angoras naturally release their wool every three to four months, which means the wool needs to be shorn, plucked or clipped about four times a year. If neglected, the bunny will become terribly matted and can develop a condition known as the woolblock. This is when the bunny ingests the lose wool during regular self-grooming. The woolblock can result in the rabbit's death. Additionally, the English Angora needs to be shaved in very warm weather and when it's bred.
The English Angora's hutch should have a tray under the wire floor to catch the urine and droppings. This is to prevent the rabbit's fur becoming very dirty. Unlike other bunnies, the English Angora will hardly feel the wire floor since its feet are furnished with excess hair.
The average lifespan is 5 to 7 years.
Other interesting factsThe English Angora is the only rabbit whose hair cover its eyes.
Besides the four mentioned ARBA-accpeted Angora rabbits, there's also the German Angora breed which is not recognized by ARBA but which is still very common in the United States and Canada.
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