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Saturday, June 23, 2012

French Angora

Beauty Of Animal | French Angora | French Angora is a large rabbit with long fur on the body, legs, and cheeks. The wool of this rabbit is somewhat coarser than that of the other breeds. Ideally, it is 2 to 3 inches long. The head, ears, and feet are covered with much shorter hair. The rounded body is medium length. The upright ears may have slight tufts, but they are much less noticeable than in the English Angora. The French Angora's luxurious coat has to be groomed at least every few days with a slicker brush and a comb. This breed, however, is known to require less maintenance than other Angoras. French Angoras can be shown in two varieties of white (red-eyed-white and blue-eyed-white), and many other colours and patterns such as:
  • Agouti: each hair shaft has three or more distinct colours. The belly, underside of the tail, inside of the ears and nostrils, and around the eyes are cream, orange, or white;
  • Pointed white: white with colour markings on the feet, legs, nose, ears, and tail;
  • Self: one solid colour;
  • Shaded: the ears, face, haunches, belly, feet, legs, and tail are darker than the rest of the body;
  • Ticked: dark colour with silver or gold-tipped hair spread throughout the coat;
  • Wide band: similar to the agouti, but the hair shafts do not have three or more colours;
  • Brown tones, and broken.
This breed has a preponderance of guard hair on the surface, with wool as an undercoat. If the texture is correct, it requires less maintenance than other Angora breeds. Small ear tufts are allowed, but not usually preferred by breeders. ARBA recognizes the same colors as with English Angora, plus broken. They are shown at ARBA shows using the types "white" and "colored" (broken being a colored). As with other ARBA shown rabbits, toenails should also be only one color.
The French Angora is one of the large Angora breeds at 7.5 to 10 lbs, with a commercial body type. It differs from the English, Giant and German Angora in that it possesses a clean face and front feet, with only minor tufting on the rear legs. The color of a French Angora is determined by the color of its head, feet and tail (all the same color) the angora fibre has smooth silky texture making it difficult to spin. Desirable characteristics of the fibre include its texture, warmth, lightweight and pure white color. It is used for sweaters, mittens, baby clothes and millinery.

This makes a total of 66 allowable varieties in the USA.

The weight is 7,5 to 10,5 pounds.

Most French Angoras are very calm and relaxed because they have purposely been bred for good temperaments in order to groom the breed properly. In fact, they seem to love this process, and will often lie upside-down having their belly groomed. Obviously, this breed is not recommended for those who don't like to brush their pets.

With due care and good living conditions, the French Angora will be a healthy and robust pet. In very warm weather and when you're going to breed the rabbit, it is recommended to shave it. Outdoor cages should be placed off the ground and be sturdy enough to withstand a predator attack. The cages should also provide a shelter from rainy, snowy and extremely hot weather. Indoor cages should be around 2,5x3x1,5 feet. If the cage has a wire floor, make sure to provide the rabbit with a plank or sea grass mats to stand on to prevent damage to its feet. Hutch cleaning is necessary every two days or so.

The Angora Rabbit has been domesticated for their wool for over 2000 years. The use of French Angora rabbits for wool production dates back to 1845 in the region of Saint Innocent in Savoy, France. Of all the Angoras, the French's characteristics are the closest to the first original European Angora.

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