Have you ever seen an Angora chinchilla?
Somehow they manage to be even cuter than regular chinchillas!
Are their looks the only difference?
Or do Royal Persian Angora chinchillas differ from other types in other ways as well?
Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about the Angora chinchilla, including how it differs from other types and whether they also make good pets.
- 1 Royal Persian Angora Chinchilla
- 1.1 What Is An Angora Chinchilla?
- 1.2 Differences Between Angora Chinchillas And Standard Ones
- 1.3 Grooming Needs Of An Angora Chinchilla
- 1.4 Price Of An Angora Chinchilla Vs A Standard Chinchilla
- 1.5 Size And Weight Of Angora Chinchillas Vs Standard Chinchillas
- 1.6 Diet And Nutrition For An Angora Chinchilla
- 1.7 Can You Adopt An Angora Chinchilla?
- 2 Angora Chinchillas: Final Thoughts
Royal Persian Angora Chinchilla
The Angora Chinchilla is a specialty breed. It’s full name is the Royal Persian Angora chinchilla.
It has longer fur and smaller ears and faces than a standard chinchilla. They are also more expensive to adopt than other chinchillas.
Many people have never even heard of the Angora Chinchilla. But even if you have, and perhaps even if you own one, there are still likely to be a few pieces of information below that you do not already know.
The rest of this post is going to break down everything you need to know about the Angora Chinchilla.
What Is An Angora Chinchilla?
As mentioned previously, the Angora Chinchilla is a breed of chinchilla with longer fur, a smaller face, and smaller ears.
The angora chinchilla is typically bred in all of the same colors and mutations you are likely familiar with, such as standard grey, ebony, and white, among others.
The Royal Persian Chinchilla became popular in chinchilla breeding sometime in the 1960s. It was especially prevalent in Texas.
The Angora chinchilla is a breed that chinchilla show breeders take a lot of interest and pride in raising.
Angora chinchillas are known for their luxurious and long silky hair and are more appealing, according to many chinchilla enthusiasts.
Personally, I think both the standard chinchilla and Angora chinchilla are equally attractive pets to own. And both are adorable (my chin Chilli would kill me if I didn’t say this).
Let’s continue by diving into some of the primary differences you will notice between an Angora Chinchilla and a standard chinchilla.
Differences Between Angora Chinchillas And Standard Ones
The Angora Chinchilla has some distinct differences compared to your standard chinchilla.
Most notably, an Angora chinchilla has longer fur on its body. The longer fur is present around the butt and the neck of the Angora Chinchilla.
A standard chinchilla has fur that is roughly 1 inch in length around its entire body. The fur is relatively uniform across the entire body.
The Angora chinchilla has fur that is longer than 1 inch. And it is especially long around the neck and butt. Specifically, the fur is between 1.75 and 2 inches long around the neck and between 2 and 3 inches long around the butt.
This can make grooming needs slightly different for the Angora Chinchilla compared to the standard chinchilla.
The Angora chinchilla also has smaller ears and a smaller face than the standard chinchilla. This is due to the way in which they are bred.
Of course, an Angora chinchilla’s ears are going to appear even smaller, due to the longer fur around the neck area. I other words, their ears are already smaller and then they appear even smaller than that.
And sometimes a chinchilla’s ears can be turned down. In this case, they will appear even smaller, of course.
Grooming Needs Of An Angora Chinchilla
Due to their longer fur, Angora chinchillas are more prone to getting matted fur. As a result, they need dust baths more frequently than other types of chinchillas.
Simply put, if you decide to adopt an Angora Chinchilla, you will need to get it out of the cage more frequently for a dust bath.
It is also recommended, due to the long hair of the Angora chinchilla, that you give your furry little pet a periodic brushing, to help avoid matted fur or any rats nest in the hair.
But only do this once your chin has come to trust you. No need to scare the daylights out of him or her.
Price Of An Angora Chinchilla Vs A Standard Chinchilla
Angora chinchillas are typically more expensive than a standard chinchilla, no matter where you buy it. In fact, the Angora Chinchilla can typically cost 5 times more than a standard chinchilla.
This large price difference is primarily due to the availability. Not a lot of chinchilla breeders are currently offering Angora Chinchillas.
If you plan on adopting an Angora chinchilla, be prepared to spend quite a bit of extra money, and also more time trying to find a breeder that has them.
Size And Weight Of Angora Chinchillas Vs Standard Chinchillas
Persian Angora chinchillas tend to be smaller than standard chinchillas. It is not 100% known why the Angora chinchilla is smaller than the standard gray chinchilla, but likely has something to do with a recessive gene that is present due to their breeding.
Diet And Nutrition For An Angora Chinchilla
When it comes to feeding an Angora chinchilla, nothing is any different, in terms of their nutritional needs.
You will still want to stick to using the best chinchilla hay. You also want to get them the best correctly formulated chinchilla pellets.
Outside of that, you do not have to worry about any different food and diet needs. It is all the same for any type of chinchilla.
Can You Adopt An Angora Chinchilla?
Yes, you can adopt an Angora Chinchilla. But it may be much more difficult to find a local chinchilla breeder that currently has angora chinchillas available.
If they do, be prepared for the price to be inflated. Due to their rarity and a demand that exceeds the supply, the cost will be quite high.
Angora chinchillas are still bred in all the same colors and mutations as a regular standard chinchilla. But you might not be able to locate the exact color you want, depending on where you live. You’ll probably have to take what you can get.
Angora Chinchillas: Final Thoughts
While Angora chinchillas may have an adorable face, cute and desirable ears, and luxurious fur, they can be rather expensive to adopt and difficult to locate, depending on where you live.
Nonetheless, Angora chinchillas have the same unique personality traits and characteristics as any other chinchilla and they also make a fantastic pet for you or the entire family.
Chili and I wish you the best of luck with your chinchillas and in locating an Angora Chinchilla, if that is what you desire.
What do you think of the Angora Chinchilla?
What is your opinion of the Angora Chinchilla? Do you believe the Royal Persian Angora Chinchilla is more attractive than a standard chinchilla?
Would you want to adopt one, despite the higher price and increased hassle in locating one?
Be sure to share your thoughts, stories, and concerns on this topic by dropping a comment below.
As always, Chili and I appreciate you stopping by and reading today, and we will see you again next time. As an aside, I get a lot of comments about my chin’s name. If you want more suggestions for chinchilla names for female pets or male ones, follow that link.
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