A journal of my angora rabbits, my fiber obsession, and life on my small homestead.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Sable German Angoras
As far as I know I'm the only one in the country working on a sable german angora. Lots of folks love the fawn/tort color and they are working on those. I however love the color of a rich sable. For years I've had siamese cats and love the rich sepia brown of their coats. The most striking rabbit I ever saw was a sable with white boots, much like my snow shoe siamese. So far I've not had a booted rabbit, but I'm am now on SWF generation 2 of some really nice sable germans. I've been working on coat texture and color first. My best buck has a white toe nail, but I think I can breed that out over time. I don't breed often anymore. My real day job takes up too much of my time to have a large rabbit herd so I try to keep it down to around 20 animals. Here are pics of gen 1 of the sables. I now have gen 2 in the nest box. The nice thing about sables is that color is easy. Because the sable gene in on the "c" locus you can breed sable "c chl" to a REW "cc" and you always get just REW and sable. The babies in the nest I have two REW and two sables. One of each sex in each color. The father is my sable buck above and the mother is my 500 gram producing pure german doe. These babies are now 99% pure german and should have very heavy production and excellent texture. Not sure yet about toe nails.
I'm a shepherdess, spinner, quilter, weaver and knitter. I have many furry friends including german angora rabbits, my small flock of shetland and cormo sheep, my lap cats, and an australian shepherd. We live on a small homestead near the Hoosier National Forest where we grow our gardens and enjoy nature.