All of you as entranced as I about depth of color in mature angora coats will love this post.
I am discovering some wild stuff in my aging does.
The line that I personally love for their gorgeous heads/ears/body/personality type are uniformly graying out as they age. (see the coat on the right in the photo above). The line that I am having a hard time with in the health, personality and conformation area is staying darker (see the coat on the left).
So here is the single angora I have been able to feel good about in that line:
Grindle has a phenomenal coat. Her health was shaky in the beginning and I did not breed her for a season to keep an eye on her. Of her two litters, half of the bunnies born have issues of some sort. I have two of her offspring from the last litter, and only her son DeVoss looks good enough to breed, while the coats on all of them were excellent at 4 months. One from her first litter has moved back after using his teeth too often (!) on his owner. He is settling down fine here, but I will always wonder about him.
But her coat, her coat. Such a rabbit! I hold out hope that finding the right buck will correct some of the issues I am wondering about. Here are her true brown eyes, but I see a SLIGHT lighter color:
If you look closely on her coat you can see the white tipped black hairs, which has me wondering what is going on underneath it all. Her face does not exhibit "steel" coloration, but her coat sure does. I would LOVE some feed back from angora breeders who have mature black coat pictures they can share!