Once Upon A
21 years ago I read an article about the
English Angora rabbit. Though I had never seen one, I wanted one and a call to
our local extension agent got us a list of breeders that had English Angora rabbits for sale.
We found that an English Angora rabbit breeder lived only a half an hour
away. Viewing English Angora rabbits for the
first time was amazing and fun. We bought an aging, sweet doe named Willow and then, of
course, we needed another one or two as it would be fun to have bunnies. Along
came Stephanie and Pat who produced several English Angora
bunnies for us. We joined the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) and attended rabbit shows to show our
rabbits. Days at rabbit shows were laid back and entertaining with congenial folks. It was good to get away for the day and fun to show our English Angora rabbits spending time discussing one of our
favorite hobbies with other enthusiasts.
My fondness for the English Angora rabbit
has remained and I am still an English Angora
breeder. I raise colored Angoras as I enjoy the potpourri of wool hues. I have
solid and agouti banded colored rabbits.
When selecting the Angora rabbits I want
to breed I consider temperament, wool quality & body type. I am a "hand spinner" which means
I spin the wool on a spinning wheel into yarn. I have found that hand spinners
automatically assess things by texture; which means I know how I like my
rabbits’ coats to feel. My experience
showing rabbits has helped me to know quality body type, & almost all of my
rabbits are sweet tempered. I have found that sweet tempered parents make for
sweet tempered offspring.