Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Agouti and Self Versions of the Same Color

Here is a litter of bunnies with several colors: chocolate, chocolate agouti, blue, opal, chestnut and fawn.

Chocolate is self: aabbC-D-E-
Chocolate agouti is agouti: A-bbC-D-E-
when they are just born, it's hard to tell them apart but there are two areas that can help to distinguish which one is agouti and which one is self.  One area is the tummy; the chocolate should have a tummy that is about the same color as the back while the chocolate agouti should have a pink tummy.   The second area is the inner ear; the chocolate has the ear with the same color inside and outside of the ear while the chocolate agouti has pink inner ears.
These two bunnies are 5 days old with some fur.  The top is a chocolate that shows a darker body color and darker skin in the ears.  The one on the right has a lighter color with pinkish ears.

Turn over the chocolate and chocolate agouti, one can see the distinctive difference in their tummy colors.  The chocolate has a dark tummy and the chocolate agouti has a pink tummy that will turn into white or light tan color when the wool comes in.

The self version of blue is aaB-C-ddE-, shown on the left.
The agouti version of blue is opal, A-B-C-ddE-, shown on the right.
The blue has dark ears while the opal has light ears.   The skin color are about the same at birth but at 5 days old, the blue shows darker color than the opal.

The blue on the left has a dark tummy and the opal on the right has a pink tummy.   The dark tummy will keep dark wool that is approximately the same color as the back, the pink tummy will develop white/light tan wool as it develops.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Valentine Extended

Valentine is such a romantic day, wish everyone has an extended Valentine.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day 2019

I love you!

I love you more!!

We love you much much more!!!

Northern California Angora Guild wishes everyone a 

Loving Valentine's Day.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Grooming Annisha

Pretty English Angora don't remain pretty unless it's groomed regularly and carefully.

Even between judging, Betty grooms Annisha to make sure that everything is in pristine shape.

The English Angora is good natured to accept grooming and Annisha is no exception.

It takes quite a bit of equipment to accomplish the grooming task: a table, a turntable top, a blower, extension cords, baby powder, various brushes and combs, an empty tissue box to keep wool from flying everywhere, a spray water bottle, …  and a chair to sit on if the rabbit's underside needs work.  

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Carol Has A Busy Day

Carol shows her main breed American Fuzzy Lop at Stockton.

Carol shows her second breed French Angora at Stockton.

Carol has a French Angora chestnut junior doe that everyone loves.

One judge calls her "a future multiple BIS winner", another calls her "a trouble maker for others".

Carol also judges at Stockton all day long, then daughter Kendall come to visit and brought her students with her to learn about rabbits.   Casey and Betty join in the photo op with Carol and Kendall.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Best In Show Judging at Stockton

Show A Best In Show judge is Ted Deloyola of OR.

There isn't enough space for all rabbits, the English Angora and the Satin Angora are on a roller in the back of the table.

Show B Best In Show judge is Melinda Anderson of OR.

Melinda takes the English Angora out of her coop.

Judge Melinda looks at the English Angora more than once and eventually awards her the Reserve In Show.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Angora Specialty Judging at Stockton

NCAG specialty show starts with judge Ted working on the Satin Angora.   Carol, Betty and Casey are all having a good time with judge Ted.

Judge Ted flips a Satin Angora to check on the underside.

Judge Ted has the English Angora on his table.

Betty watches judge Ted working on the English Angora.

Judge Ted likes the junior French Angora.

Carol has complete her judging and comes over to help the specialty show.

Judge Ted awards the specialty Best In Show to Casey's French Angora colored senior doe.