The name angora comes from the Turkish city of Angora, now Ankara, where angora rabbits were first spotted. This is where angora cats and angora goats first came from.
In 1708 Mortimer described the long haired rabbit in England and called it the "white shock Turkey rabbit." The word shock was used because of how long the wool was.
Angora is one of the oldest domesticated rabbits. Angora rabbits were one of the French nobility's favorite animals during the mid-18th century.
In 1944, ARBA officially separated angora rabbits into two breeds--English angora and French angora.
Angoras are bred for their wool, which is removed by shearing, combing or plucking.