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Satin Angora - Breed Profile:
Appearance and coat descriptionThe Satin Angora is a cross between the Satin and the French Angora. Like other Angora rabbits, it has very soft wool of a silky texture. The colour of the rabbit is determined by the colour of its head, feet and tail (all should be the same colour). The face, ears, and feet have no hair furnishings. Compared to the English Angora, this breed is easy to groom. The satinized wool has narrower hair shafts, which results in a richer colour and the appearance of less density of wool. Nonetheless, experienced Satin Angora breeders claim that the satinized wool is not weak but perhaps even stronger than normal angora fibers. While the satin hair shaft is narrow and translucent, the collagen cells are more densely constructed, lending more strength despite the more fragile appearance.
The Satin Angora weighs 6,6 to 10 pounds.
TemperamentActive, playful, sociable, with lots of personality. Satin Angoras enjoy human attention and companionship, as well as the companionship of other rabbits. House Angoras will often nap with a docile mannered cat. They enjoy having toys, such as a plastic ball, a pine cone, a piece of soft wood, a stuffed sock, or an old glove.
Health and hutchGenerally robust and 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 Satin Angora needs to be shaved in very warm weather and when it's bred.
The hutch should be large enough for the rabbit to move freely and have a tray under the wire floor to catch the urine and droppings, which will help prevent the rabbit's fur from becoming dirty.
Other interesting factsThe Satin Angora is a young breed created by Mrs. Leopoldina Meyer, Canada. In a litter of short-haired Satin rabbits she found a long-haired bunny, which she later bred to a French Angora. In 1987, the Satin Angora was recognized by the ARBA as a new angora breed.
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