Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, February 02, 2013

French Angora for San Francisco 49ers

Hi, I am Meara, I am a French Angora chestnut senior doe, and I know I am gorgeous.

San Francisco 49ers are very lucky to have me, pretty Meara, as the #1 fan.

Geez, what happened?  It's getting dark, what happened to the 49ers cap?   Is it on my head?

Go San Francisco 49ers, win the Super Bowl.

Friday, February 01, 2013

English Angora for San Francisco 49ers

Hi, my name is Logan, I am a chocolate tort English Angora senior buck.

I am a San Francisco 49ers fan.


How do I look in the 49ers cap?

Go San Francisco 49ers, win a big one at the Super Bowl.


Thursday, January 31, 2013

Candy's Trip: Angora Showing in European Show, Part 5

A REW Angora.
A fawn or red Angora.

A black Angora.

Angora on straw.

Candy reports,
There was a pretty good showing of
Angoras. There is just one breed -
Angora. Most were REW, but there were a
few colors, such as black, fawn (some
close to red), and I think one blue. I
didn't seen any I would get excited
about, or say "wow". Furnishings
varied. Notice they are on straw, and
probably all are on straw at home too.
I wish I had gotten to talk to some
breeders, but I never saw anyone around
that seemed to be an owner.

Many rabbits were for sale, but there
were no "for-sale" signs on cages nor
business cards. If you want to buy a
rabbit, you first buy a directory book
that lists all animals for sale.
There's one book for "feather" and one
for "fur". In the book, find the breed
you want, if you can read German or
figure it out. Then find a rabbit by
it's coop number. Remember, we're
looking through 25,800 rabbits in one
room. Find a rabbit you like the looks
of (no pedigree or talking to the
breeder) that's in the book, then go to
another hall in the WAY opposite corner
of the facility and wait in line with
hundreds of other people for about 2
hours, to finally get to the front of
the line to pay for your rabbit, to be
told that it has already been sold.
That's why you need to pick a second,
third, fourth, etc. choice rabbit before
getting in line. You're lucky if you
can buy the breed and variety you want,
let alone any certain individual rabbit.


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Candy's Trip: More Rabbit Breeds in European Show, Part 4

Dalmatian Rex.

 Notice the ears are
spotted, unlike the U.S. broken pattern
that has to have solid ears. They come
in a lot of colors, including tri.

Giant Lionhead.

 I'm still laughing
every time I see this one. I wasn't
able to see every rabbit there, and
didn't see the regular Lionheads. This
one is probably about a New Zealand


Similar to our Cinnamon.
Notice the sharp demarcation between the
orange and black colors. It was even
more outstanding on the rabbit than in
the photo.


One of the breeds that Karen
raises. Rare in England. This is a
Deilenaar that Karen purchased at the
show. A cute, cobby little rabbit about
5 1/2 to 7 3/4 pounds. Amazing color,
kind of like our Belgian Hare color.
Lots of rufus.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Candy's Trip: Rabbit Show in Europe, Part 3

On January 19, we reported that Candy and Judy went to the world's largest small animal show in Germany
Candy says,
There were so, so many rabbit breeds we
don't have in the U.S., and even the
U.S. breeds, such as New Zealand and
Rex, look different. All cages had coop
cards with the breed, variety, sex, and
judges remarks and placements, but it
was all in German, so that didn't help
me. A few breeds:
Probably a Continental Giant, similar to
the U.S. Flemish Giant. Look at those
ears! That isn't because the ears are
closer to the camera. The ears really
are that big, but the body is a lot
smaller than a Flemish Giant. 

Jamora, sort of like a Harlequin Jersey
Wooly, but not really. 

Dwarf Swiss Fox. Swiss Fox is a
long-haired breed, not a wool breed. I
didn't know there was a Dwarf size.
Kind of like a long-haired Netherland

Rabbit Hopping is very popular in
Europe. You can see a little of the
extent of the area, in the fabulous main

Some jumps are rather plain
and lined up in a long course. Some are
in fun shapes and sizes and set up in a
pattern. It seemed to be mainly
teenagers competing. Most rabbits are
in a harness and on a leash, but the
more advanced ones are running "free". 

(Betty's note: If you had read the current issue of Domestic Rabbits, ARBA is in the process of amending rules to accept the charter application of a Rabbit Hopping club in the US.   We can expect to see more of rabbit hopping activities in the US.)


Monday, January 28, 2013

Happy Seventh Birthday, Stanley

Stanley's mom Barbara says,

"Stanley just turned 7 years old yesterday! I've attached his birthday photo so you can see how well the little bunny man is doing."
Barbara got Stanley from Betty when Stanley was a young bunny.  He and his brother were adopted by Barbara as house pets.  His brother has gone to bunny heaven but Barbara adopted Olivia from Betty to be Stanley's companion.    Stanley lives his life like a king with a queen by his side.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Fun Angora Wool Stuff

Betty displays some of her Angora wool creations.  Even there are hats, mittens and scarves display, one of the most fun item is the hairy piece on the left.


What is it?   It's a piece of wool from the rabbit with the back felted to hold the wool together.

Kids love to rub their hands on the wool piece.  It's better to let others play with a wool piece than a real rabbit.   A show Angora won't be able to stay in shows for long if the owner allows anyone and everyone to rub hands on the rabbit's show coat. 

Little girl says, "I am a blonde with very fluffy hair!"


"It's my turn, I want to be a blonde too."


These Angora yarn are interesting, very pretty and very crazy looking.

The Angora wool piece is even more fun than the yarn.