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Angora Rabbit Care

Angora rabbits, which were earlier raised for their wool, are now equally popular as pets. Read on to know more about Angora rabbit care.
Angora Rabbit Care
Angora rabbits are considered as one of the earliest rabbit breeds, which was domesticated for its fur. These rabbits are natives to Ankara in Turkey, which is also linked to the origin of the Turkish Angora cats and goats. It is believed that the French people introduced Angora rabbits to Europe. During the mid eighteenth century, these rabbits were brought to France and were very popular in that country during that time. With time, this popular rabbit breed appeared in other European countries and it was during the early years of the twentieth century, that Angora rabbits were introduced in the United States. However, Angora rabbits were initially raised for their fur, which was used for making sweaters and other warm apparels. But, now there are many breeds of Angoras, which are raised as pets. Being gentle and friendly in nature, these rabbits are perfect as pets, even for kids. But, they need special care and grooming, due to their characteristic fluffy fur. This article can provide you with some tips and guidelines about Angora rabbit care.

More Angora Rabbit Facts

Now, you have a basic idea about their history and origin. You also know that they are one of the cutest rabbit breeds with long hair that cover their bodies. There are many types of Angora rabbit breeds and among them, only four are recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders' Association (ARBA). The latter category include the English, French, satin, and giant Angora rabbits. Among the remaining ones, the German Angora rabbit is one of the popular breeds. Others include the Chinese, Swiss, Finnish, etc.

Among the recognized breeds, the English Angora rabbits are very popular as pets, with fur covering their whole bodies, except the nose and the front feet. These rabbits require regular care and grooming to prevent matting of hair. As compared to the English Angoras, French Angora rabbits are easy to take care of, as the latter have no hair on the face and ears. Apart from that, the French Angoras have a top coat of guard hairs, that are not prone to matting as the fluffy undercoat. Giant Angora is the largest among the four recognized rabbit breeds and produce more wool too. The officially recognized giant Angoras have a snow coat and ruby red eyes. The satin Angora rabbit produces the strongest, soft textured wool. However, the quantity of wool produced by this type is very less, when compared to other three breeds.

Angora Rabbit Care

You may raise these rabbits either for their looks and gentle nature or for their fur. Whatever may be the purpose, there are some factors, which have to be taken care of, while raising Angora rabbits. The following are some tips and guidelines about caring for Angora rabbits.

Housing of Angora Rabbits

Like any other rabbit, Angora rabbit also needs a secure and ventilated housing, which is at least three times the size of the animal. It must be well protected from extreme weather conditions, as rabbits cannot tolerate such conditions. It is not advisable to keep your rabbits outside the cage for a long time, as they can be attacked by dogs or cats. If you are using wire mesh for cage floors, make sure that it is does not hurt the legs of your rabbit. It is not advisable to keep keep two males together, so as to avoid fights between them. The most important thing is to clean the housing at regular intervals (every two to three days).

Angora Rabbit Feeding

Feeding rabbits is one of the main aspects of rabbit care and needs special care. In case of Angora rabbits, their diet must constitute some fiber, so that they are not affected by wool block. Wool block is a condition that is found in Angora rabbits. It is caused by ingesting fur, while grooming themselves. The fur gets accumulated in their stomach and can eventually cause the death of the animal. In order to expel the fur from the stomach, you should give them foods with fiber, like, timothy hay and orchard grass. Otherwise, commercial rabbit pellets are good for these rabbits, along with a daily treat of hay, some vegetable and fruits. Make sure that the rabbit is getting enough protein. In case of babies, introduce new foods gradually, as their digestive systems are delicate. The rabbit must also get a regular supply of fresh water.

Angora Rabbit Grooming

Unlike other rabbits, Angora rabbits require regular grooming to avoid matting of their fur. You have to brush their coat daily or at an interval of two to three days. Regular brushing removes the loose hair, that is the main cause for wool block. Apart from that, brushing prevents matting too. If there is any matting, remove them with scissors. Grooming includes use of nail trimmers too. You can also use blowers to make the hair more fluffy. However, in summers, the long fur may cause overheating in rabbits, so it is better to shear it off. This process does not hurt the animal, but, relieves it from the extreme heat.
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