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Wool breed mix? * Update found her breeder*

Post Number:#1  Unread postby TeaTimeBunnies » Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:03 pm


Could this little girl be or mixed with a wool breed? Just got her today. Still quite young. I'd estimate her age at 6-8 weeks old. She had a few tiny knots in her fur when I got her because she was being kept on wood chips and they got caught up in her fur. Thoughts? The fur seems to be behaving like wool and my fingers sink pretty deep in the fur. It also doesn't really seem to go in any particular direction. The only reason it is in the picture is because she was just brushed and petted
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Re: Wool breed mix?

Post Number:#2  Unread postby alforddm » Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:18 pm


I've had some of my rex mixes be that fluffy around that age.

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Re: Wool breed mix?

Post Number:#3  Unread postby guardianoasis » Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:03 pm


My Am Chin/New Zealand crosses were that fluffy and then there was an explosion of fur and they were normal furred after
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Re: Wool breed mix?

Post Number:#4  Unread postby Zass » Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:32 pm


Could be. Wool is recessive, so a cross will have a normal coat, but still be affected some by modifiers. Can you ask the breeder? Otherwise, no one could ever be 100% for sure without test breeding to a wooler.

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Re: Wool breed mix?

Post Number:#5  Unread postby TeaTimeBunnies » Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:34 pm


No breeder access. Lion Heads are woolers right? I have acess to a male lion head
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Re: Wool breed mix?

Post Number:#6  Unread postby Zass » Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:46 pm


TeaTimeBunnies wrote:No breeder access. Lion Heads are woolers right? I have acess to a male lion head


Lionhead is caused by a different gene than angora wool. I think, it can produce the mane in first generation crosses.

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Post Number:#7  Unread postby TeaTimeBunnies » Sat Mar 24, 2018 5:11 pm


Okay. I guess I will just have to wait to see what her adult fur is like and decide from there. I did get a silly picture though while I brushed her yesterday. I have found that she still gets little knots despite being in a wire hutch. Any advice to help her with the knots or should I just keep up with her daily brushing?
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Re: Wool breed mix?

Post Number:#8  Unread postby hotzcatz » Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:36 pm


That's beginning to look like an angora coat. A lot of different breeds of rabbits, especially the meat breeds, had angoras bred into their lines so their pelts would be thicker. However, the angora coat consists of several different types of hairs, one of which is called a 'guard' hair. Those are pretty much long and fairly straight and what usually creates the 'halo' when the fiber is spun into yarn.

FWIW, when I've gotten a meat rabbit with an angora type coat, they didn't have many guard hairs present. Which means the coat matted almost instantly and needed much more grooming than an angora coat.

Depending on how your rabbit's coat is, you may want to keep it as a 'wooler' and harvest the fiber to spin into yarn. Although if it's going to mat up almost instantly, it might be better to keep the coat trimmed short and get a different rabbit with an angora coat that has the guard hairs to keep it from instantly matting.
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Re: Wool breed mix?

Post Number:#9  Unread postby TeaTimeBunnies » Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:56 am


So as an update, I found that by pure happenstance the rabbit I got actually ended up coming from a friend of mine's heard. She is roughly 9weeks of age now, and her sister is SUPER wooly. I don't know if she will end up getting as wooly as her sister (though I hope so, I got her with the hopes of wool) since neither of their parents have wool fur, but based on her sister they have angora and lion head in their ancestry so here's hoping she turns out like I hope she will.
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