This fluffy ball is actually the Angora rabbit, from which the silky and soft Angora wool is obtained. The Angora rabbit is one of the oldest types of domestic rabbit and is believed to have originated in Turkey. The story goes back to the beginning of the 18th century, when some sailors arrived at the Turkish port then called Angora. The headscarves worn by the local women were liked by the sailors because of their beauty, subtlety and silkiness. Therefore, before the sailors left Angora, they decided to take some rabbits to France.
The French claim that Angora rabbits were first recorded in France in the Encyclopedia of 1765. In any case, it was the French who saw the commercial possibilities of Angora wool and began to produce this type of wool into yarn. In addition to their commercial use, rabbits became popular pets in France and other parts of Europe towards the end of the century.
There are five breeds of Angora rabbits. The English breed is commonly kept as pets due to its cute, fluffy appearance. It is this breed that is depicted in all the photographs for the article.
Other breeds include the Frenchie, whose fur is popular for hand knitting; Giants, known for their intense coloration; Atlas, known for their rich sheen and coloration; and the German rabbit. Depending on the breed, angora wool weighs from two to five kilograms. They come in a variety of colors, often with specific colored dots on their ears, nose, and legs.