Ellie’s Rabbitry is a Proud Member of the National Angora Rabbit Breeders Club
The videos of Wally the Rabbit have gone Viral on Facebook, many people have been wondering what kind of rabbit Wally is? It is no longer a mystery, Wally is an English Angora! Meet Sampson and Scarlett, show quality English Angoras with excellent wool and personalities! Next year Scarlett will be old enough to have her first litter with Sampson!
Sampson is a Black Tort papered English Angora. He is a beautiful show quality buck with excellent confirmation and wool. He is a very curious and playful bunny that enjoys being held and eating apples! He has great ear fluff and a very pretty silky cream coat with black points.
Below are some photos of Sampson before his first hair cut. He was SO good while getting trimmed. In fact, he laid on his side and tried to take a nap!
Scarlet is a stunning Blue show quality papered English Angora. She has an adorable little face, excellent color and great ear fluff! Her wool is very dense and silky. She is very calm and sweet with quite a personality! Below are baby photos of Scarlet, updated photos coming soon!
The English Angora looks more like a Pekinese dog than a rabbit, and has a personality more like a dog too! At 5-7 pounds, the English Angora is the smallest of the angora breeds but has the most fluff! The English Angoras wool is the most important feature when on the show table. It should feel soft, silky and “fall free” with a very dense feel. The English Angoras wool is prized in the spinning world. Sweaters, hats and clothing of all kinds have been made from their silky spinned wool. English Angoras are a HIGH MAINTENCE breed. They do need to be brushed regularly or trimmed. In general, the English Angora has an excellent temperament. Curious, friendly and often times enjoys being groomed. They make great indoor pets and can be litter box trained. They act much like a dog and enjoy human affection and interaction.
It is unknown where the English Angora was first created but Roman records do depict wooled rabbits as early as 100 BC. The first mention of English Angoras in England took place in the 1500’s and in France in 1723. The breed made its way to the United States in 1900 and were primarily exotic show rabbits. In 1944 the English Angora was recodnized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association and are often the Best in Show winners.
Grooming and Care:
The English angora has the softest and most wool of the four Angora breeds and requires the most grooming. At 8 weeks of age an English Angora must be groomed weekly. When the rabbit is young, use a wide-toothed comb for grooming. When English angoras reach four to five months old you should start using a slicker brush and grooming twice a week or as needed. Grooming should take about about fifteen minutes. When grooming you rabbit, don’t forget to turn it over and check its belly and bottom for mats and debris that may have been caught in the wool. There is also the option of trimming your English Angora! Above you can see Sampson’s before and after pictures. English Angoras are very susceptible to heat stroke! They do best in a climate controlled environment. Either in your home or an outside shelter with air conditioning. English Angoras eat about 1/2 cup of a high fiber pellet daily and I give mine unlimited timothy hay. Fresh water must always be available. A great food choice is Mana Pro, GRO premium feed with 18 % protein. This can be found at Rural King, Tractor Supply and other feed stores or bought online. Below are photos of some grooming tools that will be needed to properly groom your rabbit. If you chose to shave him or her regularly these tools are still handy.
Rabbits can be fixed! In fact, the best pet rabbits, either bucks or doe’s have been neutered or spayed. This makes them very easy to work with. They no longer have any territorial issues meaning there is no possibility that they will spray. Neutering your rabbit also lengthens their life expectancy. A well cared for neutered rabbit has the potential to live as long as a dog, 8-12 years. You can have more than one neutered buck hopping around your house with no issues. You can find more information on neutering your rabbit here: http://rabbit.org/faq-spaying-and-neutering/
Rabbits love playmates! Ideally every domestic rabbit has a companion rabbit. Keep in mind both MUST be fixed. Although not absolutely necessary, rabbits do appreciate a buddy. They will play, clean each other, eat and sleep together. If not fixed, 2 does will fight as well as 2 bucks. And, of course a doe/buck companionship will result in babies and lots of territorial issues including fighting, spraying and bad attitudes!
Treats you CAN feed your English Angora:
Keep in mind these are treats and should be fed in small portions, preferably NOT every day.
- Summer squash
- Zucchini squash
- Apple (any variety, without stem and seeds)
- Cherries (any variety, without the pits)
- Plum (without the pits)
- Berries (any type)
- Pineapple (remove skin)
- Banana, both fresh and unsweetened banana chips
- Melons (without the pits)
- Old fashioned oats
Things NOT to feed your English Angora:
As a general rule, you shouldn’t feed your rabbit lettuce, spinach or cabbage, it contains lactucarium, which can give your rabbit diarrhea so bad that it becomes fatal. It also causes bunnies to bloat and unfortunately they can’t pass gas!
Parsnips, potato, and tomato leaves and vegetables that contain higher levels of oxalic acid (like spinach, mustard greens, and parsley) can be dangerous. Onions, leeks and chives can cause blood abnormalities
Do not feed your rabbit any types of flowers, breads or cereals, sweets meant for people and meat. Avoid straw and alfalfa. Timothy hay and mixed grass hay should be the only roughage your bunny eats.
Please read my sales agreement before inquiring about a rabbit. If a rabbit is purchased it will be assumed that you have read and agree to the terms and conditions of this agreement. This policy applies to anyone who purchase’s a rabbit whether they choose to read the agreement or not.
First come first serve. The sooner I receive your deposit the higher up on the waiting list you will be, allowing you to have more choices when it comes to color and gender! I will not promise a rabbit to anyone until I have received their deposit!
Deposits are made by check or money order and sent to my home address. Once a deposit is received it will be cashed within one week. The remaining amount for a bunny is due at the time of pick up. Deposit receipts are emailed only. Deposits are $100 PER rabbit. This amount is subtracted off the total, it is not an extra charge.
Please contact me to inquire about a bunny and I will forward you my mailing address to send a deposit.
Pick Up: Once a buyer and I discuss a convenient pick up date, if the buyer does not pick up their English Angora within 7 days I will have to award the rabbit to the next person on my waiting list. Deposits are not refunded. If a buyer is not able to pick up their bunny within a week of weaning age I can hold a bunny for a small daily fee to cover food and care costs as long as it is previously planned beforehand.
The English Angora requires more care than the average rabbit. Please be aware and do your research before enquiring about one of these unique pets. I will not sell to someone planning on having their young child be responsible for all the care and upkeep of one of these bunnies. An adult must be involved to ensure the grooming requirements are met.
The remainder of the cost of the bunny after deposit is due at pick up and will only be accepted in cash or money order form! Unfortunately bad checks are a possibility which is why I can only accept the remainder of the cost with a check or money order.