Three days ago I brought this handsome boy home to Phoenix Farm. His name is Garnet and he is a 7-month-old chestnut agouti angora. I particularly love his big eyes. Garnet was raised in Blue Hill, ME, about 1.5 hour drive east from us. Yet, surprise, surprise! His background has some of the same rabbitry as my current does. I believe his father is from the same breeder as my senior doe, a place down in southwestern ME, a two hour drive for us in a different direction! Oh well. They are not closely related. He should make a fine buck for my rabbitry.
Garnet is a real snuggle bunny. Males tend to like being held and fussed over more than females. Since he was a favorite of the lady who raised him, Garnet likely received lots of attention. He is also very interested in his girlfriends. I think they will make some lovely babies in the spring.
The agouti color is the wild pattern. Each hair has bands of color, just like a whitetail deer’s hair. Garnet is banded with cream, gray, and a bright chestnut red. In the photo below you can see the banding of the long hairs and also the red tips of the new coat coming in under the first fiber the rabbit grew. He is starting to shed his first coat and I will be harvesting him soon. The color of an angora rabbit is told by the face. The wild type pattern is quite visible on Garnet’s face.
When agouti fiber is spun, the yarn has a pretty variegated appearance that many people like to use. I’m hoping Garnet will produce some adorable agouti babies.