German Angoras were originally English Angoras that have been selectively bred in Germany over the last 80 years with a focus on quality and quantity of wool. For wool production the German Angora cannot be beat. If you only have room for a couple rabbits, choosing Germans will give you the most wool for your space. The German Angora also has the benefit of a synchronous coat which means that you do not need to worry about a warm spell triggering a moult or little short cuts from a second incoming coat making it into your fiber.
German Angora rabbits are known for not only their large size, but their sweet and gentle temperament and exquisitely soft angora wool. German Angoras don’t shed and therefore the angora wool is harvested (gently shorn) every 30 days. Our rabbits produce a remarkable amount of wool each shearing. And, you can certainly tell how happy they are when all of that wool is off of them and they are free to hop around unencumbered.
It is said that Angora fiber is 7-8 times warmer and much lighter than sheep’s wool. It is certainly “next to the skin” incredibly soft.
German Angoras are also the easiest of the angora breeds to keep mat-free. They require relatively little in the way of grooming compared to other angora breeds.
The accrediting organization that governs the standards and registration is the International Association of German Angora Rabbit Breeders (IAGARB). Originally all German Angoras that were imported were white – specifically Red-Eyed White or REW. The IAGARB will permit a German cross that meets its production and physical requirements to be registered. The higher percentage of German in a rabbit’s bloodline the closer it comes to the characteristics of a purebred German and the more likely it is to pass the registration exam.
Colors in German Angora are gaining popularity and now there is a wonderful mix of stunning white and beautiful colors in these sweet giant rabbits.
Although the main reason for German Angora rabbits is for their high quality fiber, I’m also in love with their temperament. Rabbits can make wonderful pets and the German Angoras are no exception. They have big personalities and each one is different. They love to run around the house, investigate, and hop up in your lap for pets & kisses.
Life is definitely better with a rabbit 🐰😁