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Giant Angoras, Made in USA

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FROM GERMAN TO GIANT History of the Giant Angora in the USA
by Candy Haenszel, February, 1999





Giant Angora is a relatively new breed, yet it's history is already being forgotten.  Research through Angora News, Domestic Rabbits, and correspondence, has yielded the following history of the breed.

In the early 1980's, several Angora breeders in the U.S. and Canada, began importing Angora rabbits from different areas of Germany. The Angora News (newsletter of the National Angora Rabbit Breeders Club), in 1984 & 1985, ran ads for German Angoras, by Leslie Samson, Erica Lynne, Louise Walsh, Geri Couchman, Sunny Bixby, Shirley Braverman, and Liselotte Lenhart. There was also an article on Germans by Candace Carter from Ontario. These were some of the early breeders of German imports.

In the September 1985 edition of Angora News, appeared an article written by Louise Walsh, of Massachusetts, and her proposed Standard for "Commercial Angora (German Type)", which she would be p…