*Please note: Angora rabbits require regular care and grooming.*
This is what I put on every ad I post and I tell every one who is interested in an angora rabbit. Why? Well because it's true. Many people think that angoras are like every other rabbit that you can stick in a cage and look at, at your convenience and touch and pet when you feel like it. NOT ANGORAS. Besides the fact that they have a long coat that obviously needs regular grooming or else they will get matted and sick and injured because of the matting.
Angoras need to be handled regularly to keep their sweet demeaner. Yes there are those, just like people who are crabby and will never be lovable cuddly bunnies, but you need to make sure you are handling them so that they aren't a nightmare to groom. Also handling them regularly will make sure that you are feeling your animal for any abnormalities. But above all handling your angora will build a bond with it. It will learn that you are not going to eat it and trust you. Remember these animals are natural pray animals, they think that everything is out to eat them, so naturally they are untrusting of everything until you build a relationship with them. Then you have a partner for life.
I sold two females about a month ago and the new owner called me and told me that she thought she had a boy and wanted to exchange him. So I met with her and asked her if I could check myself on if it was a male or female. They were new to rabbits, but were learning and have done so much research on angoras and how to care for them. So I checked and she was a girl. I handed her back to the husband and she curled right up into his arms and was completely relaxed. Keep in mind they only had them for a day. She bonded with him that quickly, he was her home. I was so happy she was a girl, because to leave her family that she decided was HER family would have been devastating to her. Don't think I am adding personality traits of humans onto my rabbits, I'm not. I had four girls returned to me a last year after living with a wonderful family who couldn't take care of them anymore. It took a long time for them to trust me again. They were so content in the situation that they were in that to leave their family was heartbreaking. When I rehomed two of them I had to make sure that their new owners understood that this is it. This will be their last home because they will get to a point where they won't trust anyone.
Grooming, as I mentioned above. Grooming is so important to their health. Angoras regulate their body temperatures, but if their coats are matted they can't regulate their body temperature. They will also develop sores under the mats, and then flies will lay eggs in the sores, maggots will hatch and eat the dead tissue, etc. All of this equals bad. Additionally if you are raising your angora as a fiber animal so you can make yarn you want quality groomed wool. Nobody can spin with knots and mats or webbing.
Always keep this in mind: Happy bunnies equals happy wool. It doesn't take much to keep most angoras happy, food, hay, loves and that's it. Yes you have diva bunnies who aren't happy no matter what you do, but that's normal too, as long as you are doing your end.
I am Amanda Fontaine, I run Samollynn Angoras and have been doing so for about five years now. I hope to spread not only the lovely fiber that they share with me, but the knowledge that I have learned over the years from others, and my own experience.