Facts about French Angora Rabbits. The French Angora Rabbit is one of the big-size Angora domestic rabbit breeds that hails from Angora, which is the present day Turkey. The French Angora Rabbit breed was first brought into the United States during the early parts of the twentieth century. The French Angora Rabbit are developed chiefly because of their high-quality fur and meat.
Origin of the breed of French Angora Rabbit
Before 1939, any rabbit breed, which was competent to grow and produce a wool coat appropriate for harvest was categorized as an Angora Wooler by the American Rabbit Breeders Association. During 1939, variations and differences in the French Angora Rabbit breed had shown the way to the breakdown of the rabbit breed into two classes, such as the French Type rabbit breed and English Type rabbit breed. Later, the American Rabbit Breeders Association officially affirmed the two types of rabbit breeds as two separate breeds in 1944 as the French Angora Rabbit and the English Angora Rabbit.
Features of French Angora Rabbit
The French Angora is a big size rabbit that has a body weight, ranging from 7.5 lbs to 10 lbs (3.4 kg to 4.5 kg). This rabbit breed has a commercial type of body, big body size, and position of their wool, in addition to their lower-maintenance coats that make them separated from other Angora Rabbit varieties. The French Angora Rabbits were originally developed for two reasons, such as meat and wool. The shape of the body of the French Angora Rabbits assume an oval shape, and it is strong and firm. The head of the French Angora Rabbit breed is also oval in shape and it is in proportion to their body.
The French Angora Rabbits contain two coats of hair, such as a coarse guard hair that extends further their undercoat, and a dense, crimped wool coat. The maximum length of the wool of the French Angora Rabbits ranges from 2 inches (5 cm) to 6 inches (15cm). The French Angora Rabbit variety is different from other Angora Rabbit varieties in a way that it has a hairless and a clean face and forefeet, with only slight tufting on the back legs.
"Scientific name for French Angora Rabbit is Oryctolagus cuniculus". "Fear of Rabbits Leporiphobia". All rabbit breeds are "lagomorphs" various plant-eating mammal of the order Lagomorpha ; a hare, rabbit, or pika.
The French Angora Rabbits come in all colors as well as white, broken, and solid colors. The color of the French Angora Rabbit breed is decided by the color of its feet, head, and tail because all of these parts will have the same color. The toes of the French Angora Rabbit breed will be of the same color, such as white color for white color rabbits or tinted for tinted rabbits. The fur of this Angora Rabbit has a soft, silky texture, making it hard to spin. Some of the enviable features of the fiber of the French Angora Rabbit breed include that it is soft, warmth, frivolous, and clean white in color. The fiber is used for making mittens, sweaters, millinery, and baby clothes.
Temperament of French Angora Rabbit
The French Angora Rabbit breeds are usually soft and gentle. Similar to other rabbits, the more they are administered; the more likely they will be turn out to be friendly. The French Angora Rabbits need frequent grooming and fur preservation, in addition to the harvesting of the wool will assist to make the French Angora Rabbit breed a sweet and calm rabbit. The moderate character, which is combined with the low-maintenance fur make this rabbit breed the one that several people can handle easily.
French Angora Rabbits are very clean animals and will groom themselves and also each other. French Angora Rabbits are crepuscular-(meaning the are most active at morning and evening) and do most of there feeding in the evening. French Angora Rabbits on average sleep about 8 hours.
French Angora Rabbits are born without fur and its eyes are closed. Half of the rabbits in the world live in North America. Rabbits are comfortable living in groups. European rabbits like to live in burrows underground. Warren is known as a group of burrows. Cottontail Rabbits are the only rabbit that does not live under ground.
French Angora Rabbits have an outstanding sense of vision, smell and hearing. Having eyes on the side of their head and being so big, gives them nearly 360 degrees vision, allowing the French Angora Rabbit to see predators from all directions. The French Angora Rabbit can see everything behind and in front of them and have just a small blind-spot in front of their nose.
Pet French Angora Rabbits should be kept in pairs for Companionship, its important for a French Angora Rabbits happiness and it can live longer with a companion. In the wild, rabbits are very social. Female French Angora Rabbits can produce about 2 to 4 litters of bunnies per year with 4 to 6 babies.
French Angora Rabbits love to run and can reach speeds of 30 to 40 mph. The average lifespan of a French Angora Rabbit is around 5 to 8 years and in captivity can live up to 10 years. French Angora Rabbits have 28 teeth and an incredible fact, a French Angora Rabbits teeth never stop growing throughout its life.
French Angora Rabbits can jump up to 36 inches (91.4 cm) and sometimes higher.
French Angora Rabbits as pets enjoy wet food, carrots, hay or lettuce, dark leaf lettuce is good. (Iceberg lettuce contains too much water and too little fiber to be suitable.) Limit giving them fruit with sugar in it. Alfalfa provides the high caloric content necessary for baby bunnies development. Once French Angora Rabbits reach seven months of age, gradually switch them over to timothy hay, oat hay, or orchard grass. Avoid giving them yard clippings, since grass is often sprayed with fertilizer, insecticides, pesticides, and other chemicals rabbits should not be eating. The French Angora Rabbit diet should consist of 70% of Hay and make sure they have fresh water every day.
For bedding, give French Angora Rabbits wood pellets or aspen. You can use pelleted horse bedding. Do not give them pine or cedar. Clean the cage with either white vinegar or a cage safe cleaner; don’t use bathroom cleaner or other things that are toxic for the pet cage.
De-worming is a major concern and should be done in the spring and fall. A pea sized amount of de-worming paste in the rabbit's mouth is sufficient for the French Angora Rabbit.
The male French Angora Rabbit is called a buck and a female French Angora Rabbit is called a doe, also both known as a bunny. A young rabbit is called a kit "kitten" or baby bunny.
French Angora Rabbits have long ears which can be as long as 4 in" (10.2 cm). French Angora Rabbits are herbivores (a herbivore, eats leaves, grass, hay and furns (plant eaters) and also mammal.