What are they?
The English Angora is a Long haired Rabbit, its style and Wow factor on the show table is hard to miss. English Angora take a lot of hard work to prepare, show & present (Over 4 Months) & need to be kept off the ground when bred & shown. English Angora are classed as a rare Breed In New Zealand. Their wool can be Spun & made into garments. They are found in most country's shown in the fancy section
Do English Angoras make good Pets?
English Angora are typically kept as house rabbits as their long hair gets dirty and matted when kept out side. We give angora on our pet scale a 1 out of 5 as they are a lot of hard work needing to be clipped every three months and brushed daily. They are a medium sized rabbit, but have excellent temperaments.
What to Look For when Buying?
A Short Bodied well Muscled rabbit with a wide head, the fur needs to be long and lush with a silky texture, the coat needs to be very dense and not have a cotton wool like texture so it does not matt for ease of care.
English Angora - Standard
Ring Size E
Wool Quality 30
Wool Quantity and length 25
Head and Ears 10
Size and Shape 10
Wool Quality - Texture as silky as possible
Wool quantity and length - Even and full all over and clear to the skin.
Front - Full and prominent on chest and sides of neck.
Head and Ears - Broad short head, short well woolled and tufted ears.
Size and Shape - Round and snowball-like. Weight at 5 months ideally in the region of 2.494kg (5½lb). An adult ideally not to exceed 3.402kg (7½lb). Type and quality always to be taken into account.
Feet - Thickly covered with long wool, well furnished.
Condition - Clean, well nourished and well groomed.
Eyes - Ruby, bright and bold.
Legs - Straight and heavily woolled.
Tail - Large and well woolled.
Head - Wide across nostrils, bold appearance, densely furred, wool to be long and thick between and behind the ears.
SERIOUS FAULTS - Narrow wedge head, long plain ears, plain feet, matted coat, coarse coat, bad condition, lop ears.
COLOURED ANGORA NOTE: The Judges are requested to judge the Coloured Angora to the Breed Standard laid down by the Specialist Club and not to confuse the colours with any other breed standard for short-haired varieties. Points the same as for Whites except that five points each are deducted from Quality and Quantity of Wool to be allocated to: - Solid colour – 10 Points
Angoras are unique in the fact that they possess a multi-layered coat. The tips of each new coat are therefore darker than the previous coat, which lightens, as it gains length. This produces BANDING IN ALL COLOURS. Rabbits should not be excessively penalised for lighter bands of the top colour appearing in the coat, but the more uniform the colour the better. WHITE BANDS are unacceptable, with the exception of the GOLDEN, which is of yellow origin and therefore has a CREAMY-WHITE band at the base of the coat.
Golden (formerly Golden-Fawn) - Head, feet and tips a rich, clear orange gold. Wool lighter with colour carried down as far as possible shading to a creamy-white base. Belly creamy-white, eyes brown.
Sooty fawn - Mask and feet brown-black, wool as for golden but with brown/ black shadings on lower flanks and ears. Belly creamy-white, eyes brown.
Cream - Head and feet cream, wool lighter cream with tips to match the head. Creamy white belly. Blue-grey eye preferred but brown acceptable.
Blue-cream - Mask and feet blue, wool as for cream but with blue shadings on ears and flanks, with the colour extended across belly, a blue tinge to the wool and blue tipping is desirable but NOT essential. Blue-grey eye preferred but brown acceptable.
Sable - light shade - A medium sepia colour similar to fur breed. Ears, face and tail a deep sepia. Body wool shaded from medium sepia on back to lighter on chest and flanks. Undercolour fawn.
Sable - medium shade - As for light sable except for dark sepia colour instead of medium.
Sable - dark shade - Very dark plum brown, can be almost black on mask, in place of sepia. Often mistaken for a smoke, but coat colour of dark sable has distinct rusty tones in the wool. Eyes for all shades to glow ruby red in subdued light but brown eyes acceptable.
Marten Sable - light Shade - A Medium sepia colour similar to fur breed. Ears face and tail a deep sepia. Body wool shaded from a medium sepia to lighter on chest and flanks. Undercolour fawn. The chest, flanks, rump and feet to be well ticked with white hairs, any extension of white ticking over sides and rump to be added beauty and not a fault. (It will be difficult to find the ticking in the longer parts of the coat, so it will not be considered a fault if not seen). Light nape of neck to be confined to the triangle behind the ears, and this should be as small as possible. Eye circles, inside of ears, line of jaw, inside of nostrils, inside feet and legs, belly and underside of tail to be white. White belly can have sepia undercolour.
Marten Sable - medium shade – As for light shade except that medium sepia colour to read rich dark sepia.
Marten Sable - dark shade – As for light shade except that medium sepia colour to read very rich dark plum brown. Darker, almost black colour on face, ears and tail. Coat colour has distinct rusty tones in the wool. Eyes for all shades to be brown and to glow ruby red in subdued light.
Chocolate - Rich chocolate on head, ears, legs and tail. Body lighter shade with tips to match head. Undercolour pale chocolate. Eyes to glow ruby red in subdued light, but brown eyes acceptable.
Smoke - Head and feet black. Wool dark bluish-grey without white base. Tips to match head. Nose and ears to be free of silvering. Eyes blue but brown acceptable. Blue - Head, feet and ears blue, as dark as possible. Wool blue without white base. Tips to match head. Ears and nose to be free of silvering. Eyes blue-grey.
Lilac – Head, ears and feet dove grey with a very distinct warm tone. Wool pale dove grey, the tips (guard hair) to match the head and ears. Eyes blue or shades of brown from dark to pale ochre, often with a warm glow. Undercolour to match top colour. Nails horn coloured in keeping with the dilute nature.
Brown-grey - Head, ears and feet wild grey, a mixture of black and gold. Tips to match head, wool colour to match the head with depth of colour and banding essential. Eyes brown. White belly with blue undercolour.
Blue-grey - Head, ears and feet a mixture of blue and cream. Tips to match head, wool colour to match the head with depth of colour and banding essential. White belly with blue undercolour. Eyes blue-grey.
Chinchilla - Head, ears and feet similar to fur breed, a mixture of black and silver. Tips to match head, wool colour to match head with depth of colour and banding essential. White belly with blue undercolour. Eyes blue, brown or brown-grey.
Cinnamon - Head, ears and feet a mixture of chocolate and cinnamon. Tips to match head, wool to match head with depth of colour and banding essential. White belly with or without pale cinnamon under colour. Eyes brown or glowing ruby red in subdued light.
FAULTS - Silvered ears and nose in smokes and blues, putty nose.
SERIOUS FAULTS - White toenails. White patches on any part of the body, but WHITE FLASHES ON UNDER TAIL IN AGOUTI’S ARE NOT A FAULT.
White English Angora
Apricot Angora being judged