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German Angora - Breed Profile:
Appearance and coat descriptionThe German Angora looks pretty much the same as the Giant Angora. The difference between the two breeds includes the range of acceptable colours and the size. German Angoras are accepted in any colour and colour variety, whilst the only allowed colour for Giant Angoras is ruby-eyed white (REW). German Angoras are also a bit smaller than their Giant cousins. The profuse long wool covers the entire body except for a small area above the nose. The coat is very dense and requires regular maintenance: twice a week if the coat texture is correct, and daily if it is cottony or easily matted. The breed is not recommended for those who don't like to brush their pets. The wool has to be harvested at least once every 180 days.
German Angora rabbit weigh 4,4 to 12 pounds. Larger animals are preferred.
TemperamentLike all Angora rabbits, the German Angora has a calm, relaxed, and placid personality. These traits have been selectively bred for centuries in order to groom the rabbit properly.
Health and hutchGenerally healthy. If the rabbit is not brushed regularly, it will become terribly matted and can develop the woolblock. It is a condition when the bunny ingests the lose wool during regular self-grooming. The woolblock can result in the rabbit's death. The German Angora needs to be shaved in very warm weather and when it's bred.
The hutch should be at least 24x24x18 inches and have a tray under the wire floor to catch the urine and droppings, which will help prevent the rabbit's fur becoming dirty. Unlike other bunnies, the German Angora will hardly feel the wire floor since its feet are well-furnished with hair. The lifespan is 5 to 7 years.
Other interesting factsThe breed is not accepted by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA), probably because German Angoras are known to be English Angoras selectively bred in Germany for the last 80 years. The breeders were focusing on quality and quantity of wool. The breed, however, has been very popular in the USA and Canada, so a separate association for German Angoras was created. It's called the International Association of German Angora Rabbit Breeders, or IAGARB. Instead of conformation showing, IAGARB is focused on the wool-bearing properties an the body type characteristics.
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