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!
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 Angora’s 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 Angora’s 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 recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association and are often the Best in Show winners.
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 ten 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! To the right, 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. Below are also 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.