Longest Fur On A Rabbit Is A New Guinness World Record

Guinness World Records has declared a new world record, and an English Angora rabbit from California is the title holder.

English Angora rabbit with long fur
Courtesy of Guinness World Records 2016, out 10 September 2015 
Yes, there is a bunny in there under all that fur!

The “Guinness World Records 2016” book was released today, and there’s a new rabbit record-holder in it. Her name is Franchesca, and she officially holds the title for “Longest Fur On A Rabbit.” Her fur measured in at 14.37 inches long. Think about that for a minute. Fourteen inches is longer than a 12-inch ruler, longer than an average tissue box and longer than a standard loaf of bread. A person with hair 14 inches long would be considered to have long hair.

Franchesca The English Angora Rabbit
As you might have guessed, Franchesca is an Angora rabbit breed — English Angora, to be exact. She’s owned by Betty Chu of Morgan Hill, California. Chu breeds and shows English Angora rabbits. But this is not the only award Franchesca has won. 

“Franchesca accomplished a lot on the show table with 20 Best In Show and 9 Reserve In Show, then at 17 months old won the BOV and Best Overall Wool at the ARBA convention.  She was on the Steve Harvey Show and a German TV program.”

Franchesca the English Angora rabbit and her babies
Courtesy of Northern California Angora Guild blog 
Franchesca (left) has won numerous awards, and her look-alike offspring (right) are already winning at shows.

The measurement of the fur took place on August 17, 2014, and Chu received the certificate for the record last year.  In a blog post at the Northern California Angora Guild, it’s noted that Chu signed an agreement with Guinness not to reveal this new world record until after the release of the Guinness World Records 2016 book.

Chu wasn’t looking to have a rabbit win a world record, but when she got the invitation from Guinness she accepted. 

“I have not ever tried to establish any record,” Chu said. “However I do know that no one else has held a No. 1 sweepstakes position in a rabbit breed as long as I have. I [have held] the No. 1 English Angora sweepstakes (points earned from showing) every year since 1988.”   

How did Franchesca get chosen?

Betty Chu and her English Angora rabbit Franchesca
Courtesy of Northern California Angora Guild blog  
After waiting for more than a year, Betty Chu can now let the world know that her rabbit Franchesca holds the Guinness World Record for Longest Fur On A Rabbit!

“She had the longest wool at the time when the invitation came in August 2014,” Chu said. “Most of my rabbits can grow their wool to 12 to 16 inches. Franchesca held on to her show coat all the way into November 2014, her wool was 2 to 3 more inches longer than shown in the Guinness record.”

What? Her rabbits regularly grow their fur to 12 to 16 inches? That sounds like a new world record might be in the offing! But with all this fur around, I had to ask what happens to the shed fur.

“My rabbits do not ‘shed,’” Chu said. “I cut the wool off, then I spin them and knit them into hats, scarves and mittens.”

Franchesca is 2 years old now and retired from showing. Chu said the rabbit is now a mother and her offspring are winning in the rabbit shows.

measuring rabbit fur
Courtesy of Betty Chu 
Ten measurements were needed to confirm the length of Franchesca’s fur.

The Popularity Of Animal World Records
“The longest fur on a rabbit is a new record and it has not been held by any other rabbit,” said Tavia Levy, marketing executive at Guinness World Records. She added that it is the only rabbit record in the 2016 edition. 

With 256 pages, “Guinness World Records 2016” can cover a lot but not everything. 

“We have over 40,000 records in our database and only about 4,000 records were published in the book this year,” Levy said. “80 percent of the content in the book is brand new!” 

Many people are fascinated by world records, and animal records are one of the favorite categories.

“Pet records are some of the most popular Guinness World Records titles and readers can’t wait to see all the jaw-dropping new animal exploits year after year,” said Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday. “The 2016 edition features an impressive mix of talented household pets and barnyard behemoths from around the world. One of my favorites from this year’s batch is our new fastest tortoise, Bertie. As with all of our records, loads of research, scouting and verification goes into finding these amazing animals and we’re delighted to share them with our readers.”

An interesting note about the “Guinness World Records 2016” is that readers can use its content to solve brain-teasing clues at the Guinness website and get exclusive access to never-before-seen video and imagery of some of the record holders from the book. It is available wherever books are sold at a suggested retail price of $28.95. 

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