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rnrnGerman Angora Rabbits were developed in Germany around 1777rnand was a registered breed in the first German rabbit show held in Chemnitz,rnGermany, in 1885. It was first bred for fiber length, but at the time of thernFirst World War the demand for warm Angora wool increased and the rabbit wasrnthen bred for fiber density rather than just length.

rnrnrnGerman Angora rabbits were then bred aggressively forrndensity and size, and they reached what seems to be their natural limit of fiberrnproduction with records of two kilograms plus of fiber per animal per annum.rnOne big problem of these super-dense coated and supersized animals was arnreduction in fertility, some rabbits becoming sterile, as they were pushedrnbeyond their limits for greater annual yields of fiber.

rnrnRecent breeding standards now show a preference for mediumrnsized animals (around 3.5 kilograms body weight) with good fiber yields inrnrelation to food intake and increased animal cleanliness (leading to highrnpercentage of wool usability).

rnrnrnThe German Angora is listed as an endangered speciesrnworldwide.

rnrnrnContent and Photo Source: New Zealand Rare Breeds (www.rarebreeds.co.nz ).rnrn

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