Angora and other long-haired rabbits

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Long haired rabbit breeds include Angora, Cashmere Lop, Lionhead, Silver Fox, Jersey Woolie. Their long fur requires regular combing, brushing and knot removal, hence they are medium to high maintenance rabbits. The bunny on its own cannot groom itself fully.

Basic care

  • Do NOT allow to get wet. This includes bunny pee, which leads to not just matted but yellow stained fur. Check water containers or droppers aren't getting the rabbit wet.
  • Ensure you brush the entire length of the hair, to the skin. It's possible to have fur which appears fine, but is matted together near the base.
  • Knots left in their coat only grow bigger over time. Small knots and tangles can be brushed or teased apart, larger ones or matts require scissors or electric trimmers.
  • Special cage designs are required, so that urine and droppings fall out of the cage my having the majority or all of the floor as wire. Allow the bunny a solid surface to sit on, a removable panel is one idea. Alternatively, litter train the rabbit.
  • Trim carefully when removing knots, bunnies have skin folds and nipples in odd places. Take extra care around legs, ears and neck.
A white lionhead rabbit with a full mane.

Further reading

The following are some videos showing handlers clipping Angora rabbits.

Rabbit-Shearing : Angora Rabbit Gets Haircut

See also