It is well known that all angora rabbits are not the same. The American standard for angoras is to have only the thicker undercoat, which is why there are so many balding and broken coated rabbits today. It seems rare these days to see a rabbit with both coat types on them.
In Germany, they allow their rabbits to have both types of coats. This is why German angoras are far superior to American angoras (in our opinion). The English standard for their rabbits does not allow the rabbit to have both coat types, because they feel that this could cause health problems.
The only thing we have noticed with rabbits having both coat types is that they grow more fur during the winter months and shed more heavily in the spring. This is a small price to pay for having a rabbit that can be shown with both coats.
German angora vs English angora
The English Angora is near identical to the German angora, but it has been known to have some unique differences. For example, if you look closely at an English angora’s coat, you may notice that there are almost always patches of color throughout their white coat (although this does not affect their show rating). However, we do not recommend keeping English angoras as pets because they tend to be very nervous and high-strung rabbits due to poor handling from breeders and shows. They also seem to be harder than other breeds on furniture and floors due to how light their hair is.
What we recommend – German angora vs English angora
If you are looking for a pet, we recommend going with German angora. They are calmer, have more personality, and are less destructive. In addition, they come in a wider variety of colors than the English angora. We have never seen an all-white English angora, but we see them all the time at shows. If you are looking to breed your rabbit, then by all means go with English angora, as they produce the highest quality fur. However, if you are just looking for a pet or show rabbit, we would highly recommend going with German angora instead!