Updated 07/14/2012 05:00 AM
Pet Pointers: Angora rabbits
One of the softest things you will ever touch is the fur of an Angora rabbit. YNN's Pet Expert Lisa Chelenza has more on this adoptable breed of rabbit.
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The Angora is one of the oldest domesticated breeds of rabbit in the world. Prized for their wool, Angora’s have been bred for centuries and were favorite pets of European nobles before coming to America in the early twentieth century.
The wool of the Angora rabbit comes in a variety of shades and colors and is harvested just as you would a sheep or llama, by sheering or plucking.
"You collect it right off the rabbit, nothing has to be done specifically to the rabbits there fur is very healthy and ready to go. As long as it is clean you take it, spin it on the spinning wheel, one two three ply, usually you mix it with another animal because there fur is so weak that another animal's fur makes it stronger," said Tricia Snyder, who raises Angora rabbits.
While the Angora’s soft silky wool makes them unique in appearance they still have all the charm and personality of your average house rabbit, making them a very cozy pet.
If you think a rabbit might be the right pet for you do your own research and consider adoption. Your local animal shelter or rabbit rescue likely has several rabbits in need of forever homes.