Satin Angoras are a popular choice for those who enjoy spinning wool due to their soft, silky wool. They also come in many beautiful colors. Like other Angoras, Satin Angoras require their owners to devote time to grooming them. They especially need grooming when there is a change in temperature or a change in humidity.
Satin Angoras tend to be more shy than the English Angora, and are generally not as gregarious. These rabbits are quite popular because their wool is great for spinning and many prefer its shiny texture. Satin Angoras weigh about eight pounds and have a commercial body type. They are medium length and firm feeling.
Their wool shouldn’t extend past the first joint on their legs. The wool is finer, yet stronger and shinier than other Angoras. Satin Angora’s wool is also lighter, less coarse, and not as dense as that of other Angoras. Satin Angoras come in these colors: black, blue, blue cream (blue tortoise), chestnut, chinchilla, chocolate, chocolate agouti (cinnamon), chocolate chinchilla, chocolate tortoise, copper, cream, fawn, lilac, lilac chinchilla, lilac cream (lilac tortoise), lynx, opal, pearl, red, sable, seal, smoke pearl, squirrel, steel (black, blue, chocolate, and lilac), and tortoise.
In a show, the white variety includes pointed white, which is the Himalayan pattern, blue-eyed white, and ruby eyed white. Satin Angoras can be disqualified if their wool doesn’t have any sheen, if they have wool on their front legs from the toes to the ankle joint, if they have a head with heavy trimmings, or if they have a round, short coupled body.
The ideal length for their wool is three inches in length. Senior bucks and does are those rabbits that are six months and older, and they cannot weigh less than six and a half pounds or more than nine and a half pounds. L.P. Meyer in Canada bred the first Satin Angora. They came from a copper Satin and a fawn French Angora. In 1987, they became a recognized breed.