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Jersey Wooly Rabbit

Dwarf Angora Rabbit

Family: Leporidae Jersey Wooly RabbitsSee More: Peatre and BootzOryctolagus cuniculusPhoto Courtesy: Janet
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I can't find any info as to a Jersey Wooly rabbit's wool can be used for fiber as it is with angora rabbits. If anyone knows please let me know. Also is... (more)  DebraM

   The Jersey Wooly Rabbit has become extremely popular, not only as a show animal, but as an exceptional pet!

   A very small bunny, an adult Jersey Wooly Rabbit will only weigh up to about three pounds. This little rabbit is noted for being extremely gentle. They are sweet and docile, as well as smart.

   The Jersey Wooly Rabbit likes people and affection. It enjoys companionship and being petted and handled.They are calm, quiet rabbits that are pretty easy to care for. All these great qualities make an ideal pet for children and adults alike.

   Though its long fur makes it a bit more work than a short haired bunny, the Jersey Wooly enjoys being brushed. It only needs brushing about once a month as an adult. It will need just a bit more than that when it is young, until it looses its baby coat.

   Known as the Jersey Wooly Rabbit in the United States, this rabbit is also known as the Dwarf Angora Rabbit in Australia and Europe. It was developed by Bonnie Seeley of New Jersey (USA) in the 1970's.

  • Jersey Wooly Rabbit - In the United States, it became recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (A.R.B.A.) in 1988, as the Jersey Wooly Rabbit.
  • Dwarf Angora Rabbit - In Australia (and Europe), this rabbit is recognized as the Dwarf Angora Rabbit,and it received recognition by the Australian Show Rabbit Council in 1997.

Dr. Jungle thinks "Peatre and Bootz" picture above are some very cute bunnies!...

     "Bootz is a blue martin color and is very cuddly. She lives outside with her sister Peatre, a chinchilla color, and is also very cuddly though mischievous!
   They are each other's best friend. They do everything together (sleep, eat, play, chase birds, cuddle with me..) but they have totally opposite personalities. Bootz is quiet and calm while Peatre is adventurous and greedy. Peatre's favorite food is celery leaves. Bootz is a picky eater and will only eat pellets and hay!"...Janet

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  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Lagomorpha
  • Family: Leporidae
  • Genus: Oryctolagus
  • Species: cuniculus
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Background:     The Jersey Wooly Rabbit, known as the Dwarf Angora Rabbit in Europe and Australia, is a newer breed of rabbit. They were developed by Bonnie Seeley of New Jersey (USA) in the 1970's, thus the name.
   They were originally developed to produce a long haired pet rabbit with wool that was easy to care for, but today they have also become one of the most popular show rabbits.

Description:    They are a small compact little rabbit, only weighing up to about three pounds. They have short ears and a wonderful thick long wool coat that is notable for being very easy to take care of, especially after the rabbit reaches about six months. The adult coat has more guard hair than undercoat, so is not prone to matting.

Color differences:    The Jersey Wooly Rabbits or Dwarf Angora Rabbits come in a variety of colors and patterns including agouti (wild rabbit), self (one color all over), and shaded patterns. Other nice colors include black, blue, chocolate, smoke pearl, blue tort, chestnut, pointed white, siamese sable, and black otter.

Dr. Jungle..."Here's some other Jersey Wooly or Dwarf Angora Rabbits!"

"Nikki" is referred to by her owners as a 'Dwarf Angora' !
"Hi! My name is Nikki! I was born in Wuerzburg, Germany. I like to run and jump. When I am really happy I do my happy dance."...Nikki

Photo Courtesy: Nicole Mass

"Milo" is referred to by her owners as a 'Jersey Wooly Rabbit'!
" Milo is a Jersey Wooly rabbit. In this picture, he is about 7 1/2 weeks old. He is a sable point color. He loves to snuggle & to be kissed."...Jan

Photo Courtesy: Dale & Jan Knode

Lastest Animal Stories on Jersey Wooly Rabbit

DebraM - 2011-11-08
I can't find any info as to a Jersey Wooly rabbit's wool can be used for fiber as it is with angora rabbits. If anyone knows please let me know. Also is their a difference between a Jersey Wooly and a Jersey Wooly Dwarf Angora rabbit?

  • Bailey Hiersche - 2012-05-25
    No the rabbit you got; Jersey Wooly, is a Jersey Wooly they are dwarf, some call them dwarf angoras. Yes the rabbit can be used for fur. You just won't get as much since the rabbit is smaller.
  • June - 2013-07-10
    It can be used as fiber but, like the last poster said, you don't get nearly as much as you need. I have 3 cashmere rabbits who I shear every summer and in order for me to get enough fiber for a decent length of yarn, I do a blend. The same can be done with Woolly fur but, it's a bit trickier than just plain fleece.
Olivia - 2009-06-11
I might be getting two jersey woolies. I love this breed and I LOVE this website so much.

betsy grace - 2012-06-26
I wanted to know if there is any advantage to spaying my jersey wooly she is nine weeks old and what reduces the odor in the urine as they get older?

  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-26
    It is better to spay or neuter a bunny if it is to be a  house pet.  Helps with odor, poor behavior and in general allows your bunny to be a better pet.  You have to make sure your vet knows what they are doing when it comes to bunnies though.  Most do not.
Pam - 2011-09-19
I've gotten a new bunny 3 weeks ago at an auction I believe she's under 5 months old. However your jersey wooly seems very hairy, is it confused with the angora? Because I've seen them and they appear to be hard to keep up such as matts. Is this true?

    joyce gromley - 2010-03-09
    i have a small rabbitry starting and i have a problem in selecting wha t color to breed with whom. can you help me out?
    Does:Blue young junior doe w/full pedigree
    doe:Broken Black Silver Marten junior w/ full pedigree
    Bucks: black otter young junior w/full pedigree
    Buck: Black young junior w/full pedigree
    Broken Black Silver Marten w/full pedigree
    if you colud help me out in what to breed what to what to get outstanding babies as the outcome. i greatly appreciate it very much i hope to hear fro you soon, thank you,joyce


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