© Moonbeam Angoras 2012 - 2013 Welcome to Moonbeam Angora Rabbits I live in Michigan with a menagerie of pets including our Bouvier des Flandres dogs and my angora rabbits. Since I own a breed of dog that was originally bred to herd cattle I’ve always been interested in herding events where the dogs have been trained to herd (round up) the sheep. I have even taken my own dogs to be tested for their herding instincts and they passed indicating they had a natural ability to herd.  It was about that time, after watching sheep trials that my knitting interest took a turn towards using more wool yarn rather than synthetics.  I also wanted to learn more about the sheep that produced this lovely yarn and why some wool was very soft and next to the skin soft while other types felt harsh but was excellent for making warm outer wear, such as coats or jackets.  That led me to discover the art of spinning and I bought a spinning wheel.  I was soon spinning my own yarns and researching all the various breeds of fiber animals.  I started with  roving and then started buying wool fleeces which I sent for processing at Zeilingers Wool Company. I also learned to  wash and card a fleece by myself.  Well, as one thing usually leads to another, pretty soon I thought it would be nice if I had my own fiber animals to provide me with free wool just for the priviledge of taking care of them.  I just wasn't sure which type of fiber animal to start with. As it turns out, one of smallest wool producers is the angora rabbit.  It is also very soft and said to be 7 times warmer than sheep wool. So I thought starting with a small bunny sounded perfect.  Well, angora rabbits are pretty cute to begin with and I learned there was more than one type (all cute by the way). I read books and researched online and talked to breeders at rabbit shows and spinners at fiber events.  For my first rabbit I chose a German hybrid. Then I discovered how much I really enjoyed taking care of my (not so little) bunny.  I liked grooming and brushing and I didn’t mind cleaning or feeding.  Eventually I added some more rabbits to the household and I found it was very peaceful and relaxing to sit in my chair, spinning or knitting, and watching my rabbits.  I created play areas for them indoors and out. I grew gardens for them after researching what foods they could eat.  Now I have a small personal herd of angora rabbits that live in my home and provide me with lovely wool to spin.  I often have one of the bunnies sitting with me while I watch TV or read my email.  Currently I have pedigreed French and German angoras for showing, spinning fiber and as companions.  I am a proud member of IAGARB and ARBA.                                                   The American Rabbit Breeders Association, Inc. International Association German Angora Breeders   German and French Angora Rabbits angora fiber and blended fiber batts for spinning and felting art Southeast Michigan