The French Angora rabbit is one of the large breeds of rabbit that weighs around 7 ½ to 10 ½ lbs. They have rounded, commercial-type body with a strong and sturdy frame. They have similar features with the English Angoras less than the distinct facial features the latter have. Their body is fully covered with wool-type fur that has a coarse texture.
French Angora is bred in different colors such as white, bluish-gray, chocolate, and lilac or pinkish for the “Self group” breeds. As for the “Agouti group” the colorization includes chestnut, chocolate brown, copper, lynx and opal. For the variations of Chinchilla, this includes Chinchilla that has slate and pearl wool blending, the Chocolate chinchilla, the Lilac chinchilla, and the squirrel chinchilla. The color of the eyes and markings are different depending on the breed and color.
Other kinds of the French Angora are the “Shaded group” which is composed of the pearl, sable, seal, and smoke pearl. There are also the varieties of the shaded tortoiseshell such as the blue, lilac, and chocolate. For the “Ticked group”, they have the blue steel, lilac steel, chocolate steel, and other steel colors. “Wide band group” consists of fawn, cream, and red colors each with their own distinct marks.
Personality and Temperament
French Angoras are originally bred commercially for its meat and wool but because of their docile personality and sweet demeanor, they have also become house pets, and excellent ones for that matter. They are playful and have vibrant personality. They could easily adapt whether indoors or outdoors as long as proper caring is observed.
They are friendly to humans and are easily trusting especially if regular interaction is given alongside with love and affection. Their sweet personality flourishes even more when they are housed indoors where they can socialize with humans more often. They could also do well with children but supervision from adults is important to make sure the rabbit would be properly handled. They can be more difficult to litter train, but with enough patience and the correct training methods, these rabbits will eventually be guided accordingly.
Health and Care
Having long, thick fur is one of the disadvantages when grooming these rabbits. Brushing their hair as often as every day may be required in order to keep it clean and well-maintained. There has to be special attention and care when maintaining the fur. On the other hand, French Angoras’ fur can be produced and spun to use for clothing. Angora’s fur can grow up to as long as 6 inches every season. Regular trimming of the fur is required because the ideal length is only up to three inches, otherwise, this could be very hard to maintain and the rabbit will also become stressed due to this.
Just like other pets, these furry friends may need enough time outside their enclosure. This helps to keep them happy and for the proper development of their well-being. Enrichment activities inside and outside the cage is important. During their time outside of the cage, it is necessary to look after them especially when no rabbit-proofing has been done to your home. Their curiosity can lead them to danger such as chewing of livewires or poisonous substances.
As for outdoor rabbits, the backyard must also be safe from any danger such as toxic wild plants and any opening where predators can easily get through in and attack your pets. This also applies to open areas where wild birds are lurking for prey.
For their diet, always make sure that fresh grass hay is always present and that they eat it more often than other foods. You can offer fresh fruits low in sugar from time to time to supply other rabbit nutrients they need. Vegetables and leafy greens that are safe for rabbits can also be included in their diet. Fresh water everyday must also be given.
History and Background of French Angora
The French Angora has been developed when the Angora breed was brought by sailors to France in 1723. This original Angora rabbit came from Turkey. The American Rabbit Breeders Association recognizes the French Angora to be the closest in terms of resemblance from its origin compared to the other Angora breeds such as the English, Satin, and Giant Angora. The French Angora is second to the English Angora in terms of Angora breed popularity.