English Angora babies are one of the absolute cutest rabbit babies out there. A mature English angora in show coat is stunning to behold. As a result I receive many requests from people wanting to buy an English Angora baby. Some even telling me tales of how they have contacted other breeders who were 'rude' to them and refused to sell them a rabbit.
I have experienced and heard so many sad stories of seriously neglected English angoras, that I can sympathize with 'cranky' breeders who won't sell rabbits to people they don't know. It took me 9 months to develop a relationship with quality breeders before purchasing my first English Angora. It was definitely worth the wait, as good quality stock are actually easier to care for and have the 'look' that we all love.
I decided to write this post to honestly explain the challenges of the breed so people can seriously evaluate if they are up to the challenge. Please do not be offended by my frank descriptions. My goal is to increase the number of happy outcomes for people who fall in love with the breed. This is NOT a beginner breed and NOT a pet breed. There are many rabbit breeds that are great beginner bunnies. So for anyone seriously doing their research:
Here are the reasons you DO NOT want an English Angora:
Everyone who wants a baby tells me they will have no trouble grooming once a week. EVERYONE. 75% of them are LYING. I have learned this the hard way. I am naturally a trusting person, but on this issue I am starting to lose my faith in humanity. Think about your personal habits. Do you tend to neglect regular duties? Do you put things off until they are an emergency? Be honest with yourself, the life of a helpless animal is at stake. If you have ever had a cat, did you clean the cat box regularly? Think of any other animal care experience you have had. How would you rate your ability to perform REGULAR care? I am not a terribly organized and timely person, but when things really matter I find time. If you are not 110% committed to regular grooming, you should not own an English Angora.
SO, if you've made it this far you might be wondering why anyone keeps English Angoras.
Here are the pros:
Once upon a time I was a research scientist working with yeast mitochondria... then we moved to the middle of nowhere Texas and had kids... need I say more? Now I keep myself happily busy by playing farmer and pursuing homegrown and homemade. You may bump into us at estate sales and antique/junk shops around the South - I'll probably be knitting.