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What is the "best" Angora breed?

Post Number:#1  Unread postby GBov » Wed Oct 12, 2016 5:06 pm


Doing all my research FIRST this time!!! :lol:

What breed is the least likely to mat hugely, are good (read easy) breeders with good mothering skills and give good quality fiber? Or am I asking too much? :lol:

I had one French Angora doe but she was a nightmare to keep groomed but it may have been just her, no history on her when we got her, she was abandoned in our 4H rabbit barn. :roll:

With so many Angora breeds, its hard to sort through all the hype to reach the truth.

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Re: What is the "best" Angora breed?

Post Number:#2  Unread postby Homer » Wed Oct 12, 2016 5:22 pm


You might think about the "Giant Angora". I've never had them but thought this sounded interesting.

http://homesteading.about.com/od/Homestead-Livestock/tp/5-Angora-Rabbit-Breed-Profiles.htm

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Re: What is the "best" Angora breed?

Post Number:#3  Unread postby GBov » Wed Oct 12, 2016 5:35 pm


Homer wrote:You might think about the "Giant Angora". I've never had them but thought this sounded interesting.

http://homesteading.about.com/od/Homestead-Livestock/tp/5-Angora-Rabbit-Breed-Profiles.htm

PSF Angoras (a member her and good friend) raises French. They take some attention but not a terrible burden the way she tells it. Says the culls make good meat rabbits too. ;)


Cross FA with Rex and I got the biggest loins I have ever gotten in a meat rabbit. HUGE and very good indeed.

Giant Angora eh? Shall go have a look right now. Are they an easy breed to find?

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Re: What is the "best" Angora breed?

Post Number:#4  Unread postby SableSteel » Wed Oct 12, 2016 8:29 pm


Giant Angoras are not an easy breed to find at all

The upkeep largely depends on the quality - english angoras can be hard because they have so much wool, and satins can be hard because their wool is so fine. The better the quality of wool, the easier it is to care for (having that fine, cottony wool that mats easily is a fault for showing). German angoras might work for you, because they breed so much for wool - a good quality french might work too. Keep in mind that these higher quality rabbits often are more expensive, too.
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Re: What is the "best" Angora breed?

Post Number:#5  Unread postby Homer » Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:44 am


GBov - Good luck with your wooly endeavor! Are you just planning ahead for after your pond crossing?
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Re: What is the "best" Angora breed?

Post Number:#6  Unread postby GBov » Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:49 am


Homer wrote:GBov - Good luck with your wooly endeavor! Are you just planning ahead for after your pond crossing?


Yep, planning ahead to keep me sane during the packing up stage. Rabbits are good for my head! :D

And my last herd came through one last time, the money I got from selling the lot paid for us to hide out from the hurricane so YAY bunnies!

I dont know how hard it might be to find German Angoras in England but perhaps a short holiday to Germany might be in order next summer? Just to find the right stock, of course, but as they were developed there, perhaps we might find one or three or a few more in their native land. ;)

Hmmmm I feel a touch of rabbitosis aquirensis stirring. :lol:

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Re: What is the "best" Angora breed?

Post Number:#7  Unread postby Homer » Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:15 am


GBov wrote:
Yep, planning ahead to keep me sane during the packing up stage. Rabbits are good for my head! :D

From the sounds of it you'll be on your way before you know it. :) In the mean time you can start shopping via the net. And get to work on that rabbit math ya know!?
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Re: What is the "best" Angora breed?

Post Number:#8  Unread postby GBov » Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:21 am


Homer wrote:
GBov wrote:
Yep, planning ahead to keep me sane during the packing up stage. Rabbits are good for my head! :D

From the sounds of it you'll be on your way before you know it. :) In the mean time you can start shopping via the net. And get to work on that rabbit math ya know!?
1+1=9 :lol:



OMG that is sooooooo TRUE!!! No wonder I never did any good in school, that is the way my math always works! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: What is the "best" Angora breed?

Post Number:#9  Unread postby Homer » Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:32 am


See. You've had rabbitosis a lot longer than you think. :P
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Re: What is the "best" Angora breed?

Post Number:#10  Unread postby GBov » Fri Oct 14, 2016 8:26 am


And I am sooooo sad no one was in my life who could diagnose and provide the "cure" in my younger years! :lol: Just think, I could have had DECADES of rabbit fun instead of just 6! :shock:

Two new questions on Angora breeds - reading old threads in the wool section I found mention of having to dehair some breeds of Angora wool to make it a sellable product and while reading on the web I found mention that German Angora fiber isnt as nice as some of the other breeds.

So, does one have to dehair fiber on some breeds and are all Angora fibers NOT created equal?

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Re: What is the "best" Angora breed?

Post Number:#11  Unread postby Homer » Fri Oct 14, 2016 9:04 am


Sorry but there is no "cure". It only temporarily goes into remission. :rotfl:

If you don't get the answers your looking for on the questions try sending a PM to PSF Angoras. She's not active here anymore but will answer and talk Angoras all day long with you.
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Re: What is the "best" Angora breed?

Post Number:#12  Unread postby GBov » Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:12 am


Homer wrote:Sorry but there is no "cure". It only temporarily goes into remission. :rotfl:

If you don't get the answers your looking for on the questions try sending a PM to PSF Angoras. She's not active here anymore but will answer and talk Angoras all day long with you.


Ooooo so a true sufferer then? My mum is bored blind by "rabbit" talk and cant figure out what rabbit people find to talk about for hours and hours and hours. :lol:

I will indeed get on to her. The worst part about figuring out a new breed to get obsessive about is how long its going to take me to get some. Still, it will be easier to enjoy them if I do the normal thing for once and set up the house BEFORE getting more rabbits. :oops: :lol:

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Hold on a moment!!! Isnt the cure more rabbits???

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Re: What is the "best" Angora breed?

Post Number:#13  Unread postby Homer » Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:43 am


GBov wrote:
Hold on a moment!!! Isnt the cure more rabbits???


:lol: Nice try but, NO.
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Re: What is the "best" Angora breed?

Post Number:#14  Unread postby GBov » Fri Oct 14, 2016 11:07 am


Homer wrote:
GBov wrote:
Hold on a moment!!! Isnt the cure more rabbits???


:lol: Nice try but, NO.


Well Poo! That must be what I have been doing wrong! :lol:

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I am taking a bit of a break from packing (have run out of boxes :roll: ) so am researching Angoras.


OOOOOoooooooOOOOOOooooooo cant WAIT!!!

My not so good experience with them will not put me off, proper bloodlines and a much simpler life on my part will make the difference, I think. :D

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