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What is a Giant Angora?

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A giant angora is a very large breed of rabbit with white, thick fur and eyes that show a red iris. It is also called a ruby-eyed white rabbit, and it is the only species in the angora family. Adult giant angoras typically weigh about 9-12 pounds (4-5 kg). Giant angoras have an expansive forehead and large ears that stand erect. Females are typically larger and weigh slightly more than males.

The giant angora has been domestically bred and kept in captivity as a household pet for many generations. They are gentle by nature and not easily startled or hyperactive. Because of their docile nature, these rabbits do well in households with children. They do require spacious accommodations if housed indoors, which makes them better suited to an outdoor enclosure.

These large rabbits are known to sport three varying consistencies of the coat, which is referred to as wool. The woolly fur that lies closest to the skin has a fine texture. The layering wool directly over that is rougher and thicker. The top layer of wool is sturdy and lies flat on the surface of the animal's coat.

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The giant angora originated as a result of genetic cross breeding between the French lop and the Flemish giant. This is a rare breed and it is considered to be endangered. The giant angora's wool is widely used for making apparel such as angora sweaters. Keeping the giant angora's coat immaculate and pristine is essential if it is to be used as commercial product. Any trimmings that have been shaved or shed from the wool should be stored immediately and kept free of contaminants.

When these rabbits are kept as household pets, owners commonly complain about shedding. To keep shedding to a minimum, it is advised to groom the giant angora on a daily basis. For those with little experience, professional grooming at a pet grooming facility is typically preferred.

Breeders recommend large wire cages for this large rabbit. Cleaning the cage regularly and keeping it free of debris and droppings is an essential part of daily care. It is very important to maintain a clean environment for this pet, as its wool may become matted and tangled if not kept clean. Hay and pellets created specifically for this domestic rabbit are recommended as a staple part of its diet.

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GardenTurtle
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@oceanswimmer- My husband and I raise angora rabbits. Our next-door neighbor gets the wool for her spinning projects. It’s better than having sheep in the back yard!

Angoras are not that hard to care for. Feeding them is not very expensive and they do not have to be vaccinated. Grooming them is the biggest task in caring for an angora rabbit. I brush mine and blow out their coats two times every week.

Make sure your cage is sustainable to weather or predators if you keep yours outdoors. Regarding feeding, since we use the wool from our angoras, we feed ours extra protein which aids wool production. We also feed ours Timothy hay and rabbit pellets. They also enjoy treats from time to time such as bananas and broccoli.

OceanSwimmer
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My sister is giving me a giant angora rabbit. I'm a little nervous because I've never had a pet like this. Does anyone have any more tips for caring for the angora?

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