Best way is to jump right in!! Shows are listed on the ARBA website and are open to the public. You’re welcome to come observe and that’s a great way to meet breeders and see all the different breeds available. Most breeders are happy to mentor new showers and make sure you have the best quality stock to get you started.
If you know you are ready to make the jump...then experts all agree to start with the highest quality stock you can afford. Please note: highest quality does NOT necessarily mean most expensive!! There are a ridiculous amount of overpriced pets and culls out there. And many of the top breeders in the business do not advertise or sell a ton because they do this for the bunny— not the money ....so take your time and do your research. Be willing to wait for the right bun. Want to eventually show? Find a breeder who shows and is willing to mentor you. A high quality breeder will work with you to make your first showing experiences a positive experience. Show breeders breed to the ARBA Standard of Perfection for that breed the highest quality coats, body, and health. They are methodical in who they breed and many become a genetics wiz...because they are constantly trying to improve their breeds by breeding out the bad stuff and breeding in the desirable.
Are angoras a lot of work?
Yes. Yes they are. Some breeds more than others. English are the most popular...and have the most challenging of coats. You can expect to spend an hour or more at a time (easily) each time you groom. How frequently you need to groom depends on the length of the coat and age of the animal. Younger animals need grooming more often. Show coats need to be groomed at least 1-2 times per week to keep them from getting felted and webbed. You can keep pets cut all the way down and fiber animals can have their skirting kept short so that only the prime blankets need to be managed. While they are a lot of work, they are a labor of love. Nothing is more spectacular than a well groomed, well bred Angora on the show table. Nothing is more satisfying than wearing a garment spun from your own home-grown rabbits.
What types of grooming equipment do I need to have for angoras?
After much trial, error, and expense these are what I have come to rely on as do many of the Angora breeders/showers I know. I included a link so you can see what I use, however I’m not affiliated with Amazon in a way. While some items are pricey, I don’t recommend trying to go for lesser priced substitutes ...been there, done that, didn’t work and wasted money on things that just don’t work. You will thank me later...trust me.