Satin Angora rabbit is a medium sized rabbit with a commercial type body. It displays an oval head with narrow forehead and plain ears. Its coat is highly prized and considered to be the silkiest and finest among the Angora breed. It comes in various colors such as white, grey, tan, brown, or combination of all. This breed is largely bred for the beauty and value of its satin coat. To get its thick fur, breeder brushes or cuts the fur using a pair of sharp scissors. Although this process may seem stressful for the rabbit, it does not actually give any pain.
Behavior and Temperament
Even though Satin Angora rabbit is primarily bred for its coat, it is also highly demanded for its fun and active nature which make it an excellent family pet. In addition, this breed is known to be very docile and calm, thus handling is rarely an issue. Add the fact that it is used to being brushed or stoked, which makes it even more adaptable to human interaction.
Aside from enjoying human companion, this pet also loves interacting with other animals. Its behavior is often compared to a domesticated cat, which is well mannered and loyal. However, don’t be fooled by its relaxed demeanor because it is also a ball of energy. It loves to play with almost anything it can handle so it is recommended to provide specific rabbit toys such as small ball or safe chips of wood.
his breed’s active nature is often displayed when in outdoor places like backyard or garden. It will continuously hip and hop until all energy is exhausted. A little persuasion is all it takes to run around as fast as it can. But when indoors, it is often quiet, cuddly and easy to contain. Most of the time, it will prefer to just sit on your lap or be held in your hands while playing.
Health and Care
Similar to other breeds, Satin Angora rabbit is susceptible to several health issues, but the most common is wool block. Rabbits love to groom themselves and they do it just like how cats stroke their hair using feet or hand. As a result, removed or fallen hair accumulates and most of the time, are ingested. For cats, this a not a reason for concern because they can easily throw up the hairballs without leaving any health issues. Unfortunately, rabbits are not able to do this. Instead, hairballs often lead to a serious health issue called wool block.
With the fact that this breed’s fur is fine and thick, the health risk brought about by wool block is multiplied. Fortunately, there are many effective ways to prevent this issue. First is to regularly brush your pet’s coat and immediately remove all fallen fur. Second, make sure to feed it on time to avoid it from being hungry and opt for other food sources. Lastly, make sure to constantly provide fresh water to minimize the accumulation of ingested fur. When you notice symptoms of wool block such as loss of appetite, abnormal behavior or inactivity, immediately have your pet checked by a vet. When left untreated, wool block often leads to death.
In terms of climate, this breed can handle cold environment due to the thickness of its coat. However, it is still not advised to expose it to extreme temperate to prevent developing respiratory issues. If you plan to keep an outdoor enclosure, make sure to install plastic or thin wood at the sides of the cage or enclosure to minimize penetration of cold or hot wind. Furthermore, adding extra security to the cage is essential in keeping your pet safe from various predators like snake.
Satin Angora’s diet must consist of fresh hay and high quality pellets. Vegetables and fruits are also recommended to increase nutritional value. Another option is giving sunflower seeds, which is a favorite of this bred.
History and Background of Satin Angora Rabbit
Satin Angora rabbit was first bred by John C. Fehr in 1930. However, seeing the breed’s fur as weak, he discontinued his project. Fifty years later, a Dutch woman named Leopoldina Meyer paired a copper satin doe with a French Angora. The result is a new breed with thick but fine fur that we now know as Satin Angora.