We are excited you've taken an interest in showing rabbits. This page was written and designed to help all new comers get started. Remember if you ever have any questions please contact us
A rabbit show is where people bring there rabbits to be judged ,by a licensed American Rabbit Breeders Association judge. At rabbit shows you will find a variety of breeds and variations of rabbits. Along with there being hundreds of rabbits you will also find vendors that bring all sorts of things to sell. Rabbit shows are always a fun and inviting place. We always recommend for people to go to a rabbit show just to learn on top of meeting all the amazing people.
To answer this question we recommend you purchase a Standard of Perfection from the American Rabbit Breeders Association. The standard determines whether a rabbit is show quality ,and every breed and variety has its own standard. You will want to make sure your rabbit is free from general DQ's like incorrect eye color, split penis, bad teeth etc.... You also want to make sure you bring a happy and healthy rabbit with you when you show.
Show rabbits come in all shapes and forms. They are mainly broken down into three classes Compact, Commercial and Full-Arch. There is a rabbit breed and color for everyone.
Awards typically consist of rabbit equipment, rosettes, trophies and banners, Premiums in breeding rabbits usually are not as much compared to market rabbits, However they can still bed fairly substantial depending on the show.
Pedigrees have a few purposes ,but by any means they aren't required for you to show a rabbit. One purpose of a pedigree is to keep track of lineage, weights and varieties. It's important to keep track of varieties ,because you need to know what a rabbit carries if you are interested in breeding. If you know what a rabbit carries the greater chance you have at producing showable colors and nicer typed animals.
A breeding rabbit has a different standard than a meat rabbit. Breeding rabbits are generally judged on confirmation and variety ,while meat rabbits are judge on overall flesh condition and coat.
A ARBA leg is an award given to rabbits that placed in a variety or breed ,that contains three or more exhibitors and six or more rabbits. This award shows that a rabbit rightfully deserved it's placement.
Check out this great video on showing rabbits. This was a great documentary that was done on the hobby and you get to see a lot of different breeds.
Contrary to the comment made about price in the video most rabbits are very affordable as a 4-h or FFA Project. There are some breeds ,however that can get very pricey. We recommend you watch this short video.
Best of Breed is a title given to a rabbit at a show. To earn the Best of Breed title the rabbit must win its variety or group to compete for Best of Breed. Best of Breed can also be abbreviated as "BoB"
Best Opposite of Breed is a title given to a rabbit that is the opposite sex of the BOB rabbit. To win BOSB (Best Opposite of Breed) the rabbit must win at least BOSV or BOV to move on to compete for Best Opposite of Breed. Best Opposite of Breed is pretty much second place over the breed.
Best of Variety is a title given to a rabbit that won it's class. Once a rabbit has won it's class it moves onto compete for Best of Variety.
A disqualification varies by breed or variety ,but if you receive a DQ on your animals the judge has found a disqualification.
Rabbits have two-four age classes. The number of age classes varies by breed. Typical rabbit age classes are
A male rabbit
A female rabbit