There’s a rabbit in there somewhere! Meet the world’s furriest bunnies whose hair measures 15 inches
Bunny breeder Betty Chu is the proud owner of the world’s furriest rabbits – whose hair can measure almost 15 inches long.
The 70-year-old has dedicated the last 34 years to producing prize-winning English angora rabbits. She lives with 50 of them at her home in San Jose, California, and is so dedicated she hasn’t holidayed with her husband since 1992.
She said: ‘The last time we went out of town on vacation and it was just the two of us was 1992 – because one of us has to stay home to look after the rabbits. I will never take a break from them. They come with me wherever I go.’
And despite the hours of love and affection she showers on her fuzzy pets, she maintains her husband Albert, a former PHD level computer scientist, doesn’t get jealous. She says he even enjoys helping out by building hutches, fences and feeding them when she is away.
Mrs Chu said: ‘I was introduced to the rabbits through a friend and as soon as I saw them I fell in love and knew I had to have them.’
She is a part of the Northern California Angora Guild, competes at up to 50 shows a year. Mrs Chu is the undisputed queen of the angora category, with countless best-in-show awards to her name. But she really hit headlines when her top rabbit Franchesca entered the Guinness Book of World Records last year as the rabbit with the longest hair in the world – measuring 14.37in.
‘In order for Franchesca to become a mother she has to be able meet a boyfriend,’ Betty said. ‘Unfortunately the boyfriend does not have the right equipment to find her hidden treasure when she has her long coat – so she has to go ɴᴀᴋᴇᴅ in order to be s.ᴇ,x ʏ.’
The keen knitter uses the fur to make scarves, mittens and sweaters to sell at shows.
Angora rabbits were originally bred for their long soft fur. There are four breeds recognised by the American Rabbit Breeders’ Association: English, French, Giant and Satin.
The English varieties are capable of growing the longest fur, with the average rabbit living between seven and 12 years.