A Guide to Angora Rabbits and Care

Angora Rabbit Breeds stand in the gress fields.
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Forget floppy ears and twitchy noses. Angora rabbit breeds are the superstars of the rabbit world. Known for their unbelievably soft fur, these captivating creatures come in a surprising variety of breeds. But beyond the cuteness factor, Angora rabbits have a long history. 

They’re not just adorable pets, but also provide some seriously high-quality fiber, the luxurious Angora wool. There are five main breeds of Angora rabbit breeds recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) and the International Association of German Angora Rabbit Breeders (IAGARB).

This guide will delve into the fascinating world of Angora rabbit breeds, exploring their different breeds, personalities, and what makes them so special. We’ll cover everything you need to know, from their stunning wool to the possibility of bringing one of these fluffy friends home.

Brief History On Angora Rabbit Breeds


Angora rabbits are one of the oldest breeds of pet rabbit, prized for their luxurious, long fur called Angora wool. Believed to have been around since at least Roman times (100 BC), they became superstars in the 1700s, traveling from their homeland in Turkey to France where they charmed Queen Marie Antoinette.

Across history, there have been at least 11 Angora breeds. Today, the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) recognizes four main ones: English, French, Giant, and Satin. The International Association of German Angora Rabbit Breeders (IAGARB) recognizes the German angora as the fifth one in addition to the other four.

These all have their own special qualities. For instance, English Angora rabbits are the fluffiest, while Satins boast a fur that shimmers like silk. Angora wool is softer and less allergenic than other animal wools, making it a popular choice for cozy clothing. That’s why keeping Angora rabbits healthy and well-groomed has always been important.

1. The English Angora


English-Angora rabbits sots on a man lap.

The English Angora, with its cloud-like fur and teddy bear face, is the smallest and arguably the cutest of the Angora breeds. Originally bred in Turkey (like all Angoras) centuries ago, they reached England by the 16th century. Back then, their luxurious wool was spun into warm, hypoallergenic clothing.

These gentle rabbits are known for their friendly and curious personalities. However, their long, silky fur (growing 3-4 inches!) requires daily grooming to prevent matting. While they can be cuddly, their delicate backs are not suited for rough handling, so they’re not ideal for small children.

English Angoras come in a variety of colors like white, black, and even combinations! They’re considered medium-sized rabbits, weighing around 5-7.5 pounds and living for 5-8 years with proper care.

Quick Facts


  • Size: Medium (5-7.5 lbs)
  • Lifespan: 5-8 years
  • Temperament: Gentle, curious
  • Coat: Long, silky, requires daily grooming
  • Color: White, black, and many more

2. The Giant Angora


the gaint angora stand in the floor.

The Giant Angora rabbit is the heavyweight champion of the Angora breeds in the world. Developed in Germany by crossing Angoras with larger breeds, these gentle giants are known for their impressive size and luxurious wool production.

Unlike other Angoras, Giant Angoras only come in one color ruby-eyed white. Their wool is a dense blend of soft underfur, guard hairs, and a slightly coarser middle layer – perfect for creating warm, fluffy clothing.

Despite their size, Giant Angoras are known for their docile and friendly temperament. They enjoy interaction but prefer gentle handling due to their delicate spines. Like all Angoras, their thick fur requires regular grooming to prevent matting.

These big bunnies can weigh up to 16 pounds and live for 7-11 years with proper care. Their spacious needs make them a better fit for experienced rabbit owners with ample room.

Quick Facts


  • Size: Large (up to 16 lbs)
  • Lifespan: 7-11 years
  • Temperament: Docile, friendly
  • Coat: Dense, white wool (requires regular grooming)
  • Color: Ruby-eyed white


3. The French Angora

Three The French Angora rabbits sitting down on the table inside a man stand.

The French Angora strikes a balance between fluff and practicality. Developed in France (as the name suggests) from the original Angora rabbits, they’re known for their dense, wooly coat that’s prized for its quality and relative ease of care.

Compared to the English Angora rabbit breeds, the French Angora has a higher ratio of guard hairs to underfur. This makes their coat slightly less poofy but easier to manage with regular brushing (every few days) instead of daily grooming.

These rabbits boast a friendly and docile personality, making them good companions. They come in a wide range of colors – from classic white and black to lilac and fawn – and have a more streamlined body type compared to other Angoras.

French Angoras are considered medium-sized rabbits, weighing around 7.5-10.5 pounds. With proper care, they can live for 7-12 years, making them a potentially long-term furry friend.

Quick Facts


  • Size: Medium (7.5-10.5 lbs)
  • Lifespan: 7-12 years
  • Temperament: Friendly, docile
  • Coat: Dense, wooly, requires regular brushing (easier to manage than English Angora)
  • Colors: Wide variety, including white, black, lilac, and fawn

4. The Satin Angora


The Satin Angora site down in cloth.

The Satin Angora is the most glamorous member of the Angora family. Bred by crossing French Angoras with Satin rabbits, these bunnies are known for their stunning coat that shimmers with a unique sheen. This lustrous effect comes from a special gene that alters the hair shafts, making them reflect light like silk.

Despite their luxurious appearance, Satin Angoras are known for their friendly and curious personalities. They enjoy playtime and interaction but, like all Angoras, require gentle handling due to their delicate fur. Their wool is actually finer and denser than other Angoras, making it particularly valuable for creating high-quality textiles.

Satin Angoras come in a wide range of colors just like their French Angora cousins. They’re medium-sized rabbits, weighing around 6.5-10 pounds, and can live for 7-12 years with proper care. However, their beautiful coat requires daily brushing to prevent matting and maintain its shine.

Quick Facts


  • Size: Medium (6.5-10 lbs)
  • Lifespan: 7-12 years
  • Temperament: Friendly, curious
  • Coat: Dense, fine wool with a unique sheen (requires daily brushing)
  • Colors: Wide variety, same as French Angora

5. The German Angora


The German Angora sitting down in the gress fields.

The German Angora is the undisputed champion of wool production among Angora rabbit breeds. Developed in Germany specifically for their luxurious fleece, these rabbits are known for their impressive fur quantity and quality.

Unlike other Angora breeds, German Angoras have a stockier, more cylindrical body shape – ideal for easy shearing. Their wool is incredibly dense and silky, with a high amount of usable fiber. This makes them a favorite among commercial Angora producers.

While German Angoras can be friendly and curious, their primary focus might be on munching hay! They tend to be less social than other Angora breeds. However, they still appreciate gentle interaction and playtime. Their thick coat requires regular grooming to prevent matting, just like all Angoras.

German Angoras are considered large-sized rabbits, weighing between 7 and 11.5 pounds. With proper care, they can live for 7-12 years. Due to their size and focus on wool production, they might be a better fit for experienced rabbit owners with ample space.

Quick Facts


  • Size: Large (7-11.5 lbs)
  • Lifespan: 7-12 years
  • Temperament: Can be friendly, but less social than other Angoras
  • Coat: Dense, silky wool with high fiber yield (requires regular grooming)
  • Color: Only come in red-eyed white (albino)


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