The French Angora is one of the large Angora breeds at 7.5 to 10 lbs, with a commercial body type. It differs from the English, Giant and German Angora in that it possesses a clean (hairless) face and front feet, with only minor tufting on the rear legs and sometimes on the tips of their ears. The wool on French Angoras has a higher percentage of guard hair to underwool than the English Angora. The guard hairs protrude above the underwool, which is heavily crimped. Expected wool length is 3 ½ to 4 ½ inches, though it can grow longer if not harvested. The extra guard hairs simplify the care and grooming, as the coat is far less prone to matting or felting on the rabbit. The fiber qualities are excellent for handspinning. It spins easily, and the yarn is fluffy. French Angoras are fairly low maintenance. Nevertheless, if you’re utilizing the fiber, it is best if you do minor grooming regularly in order to ensure no mats, webs or felting.
The rabbits should normally be sheared, plucked or combed 3-4 times a year with weekly combing.
Regular grooming keeps the rabbits beautiful, maintaining the good personalities and gentleness of French Angora rabbits.
Angora wool is 7 times warmer than wool from sheep.
It is a natural animal fiber
It is clean, coming directly from the rabbit
It does not require washing, picking, combing or carding
It is luxurious
It is very durable
It is hand-washable
It is non-allergenic, does not irritate the skin
It is easy to dye
It blends extremely well with other fibers.
Angoras are bred mainly for their wool, which is silky and soft. At only 11 microns in diameter it is finer and softer than cashmere.