Rabbits are docile and easy to care for. Pet rabbits can be more than just a pet. They can become a source of income. If you choose an angora species of rabbit as a pet; your pet will produce a very marketable fur, suitable for spinning. The great thing about angora rabbits is that you harvest the fur without harming your pet. All you need is a sharp pair of scissors so you can give your pet a hair cut.
There are several different breeds of angora rabbits. The most unusual is the English Angora. This rabbit looks more like a pile of fur with a face than it does a real rabbit.
In addition to the English Angora, there are French Angora, silk angora, German Angora, and giant angora, and many cross breeds. Check out the slideshow on the left to see different types of angora rabbits.
Shearing angora rabbits
Once your rabbit is in full fur, you can shear them. First comb them out and remove any matted hair or dirt. Then, using a sharp pair of scissors, start at the head and snip your way down the back of the rabbit, and then do the sides and underbelly.
After you shear your rabbit, the fur can be spun into yarn. If you knit, crochet, or weave, you can create your own projects. If spinning is not your thing, the fur can be sold at farmers markets, craft fairs or online through craft sites like Etsy.
Lynda Altman loves animals and is “mom” to three rescued dogs; Izzy, Sophie, and Romeo. She is very concerned about pet health issues. Prior to the birth of her 4th child, Lynda owned an exotic pet business. Get notices when this page is updated by clicking on the subscribe link, by email, or contact Lynda @fusgeyer on Twitter.