SUNNY OAKS FLEMISH GIANTS
Have you ever been to a Rabbit Show?
Yes, they really do show rabbits! And it's a lot of fun to watch and participate. Rabbit shows are sponsored by local Rabbit Breeders Clubs, Regional Breed Clubs and National Breeders Associations. You can find out where and when Rabbit Shows will be held by contacting your local Rabbit Breeders Club or The American Rabbit Breeders Association or check out their web site at www.arba.net.
Rabbits must be of a recognized breed and conform to the breed standard, as set forth by the American Rabbit Breeders Association. At this time there are over 45 different breeds in assorted varieties (colors) and weight from 2.5 lbs up to 18+ lbs. The "Standard of Perfection" outlines what each breed should look like: Weight, balance, colors, ear length and ear set, fur type, eye color, body type, nail color and other physical characteristics as well as faults and disqualifications. There are different classes based on the age of the rabbit. Smaller breeds are usually divided into Juniors (under 6 months) and Seniors (over 6 months). Larger breeds, including the Flemish Giant, are divided into Juniors (under 6 months), Intermediates (6-8 months old) and Seniors (over 8 months). All rabbits must be permenantly tattooed in their left ear with an identification number before they can be shown.
The rabbits are evaluated by judges that have been tested and qualified by the American Rabbit Breeders Association. Each breed, sex and class is called as the judging progresses. The rabbit is put into a box facing the judge. He or she takes out each rabbit one at a time and checks it over to see if it matches the standard for that breed. As the rabbit is evaluated, the judge moves the rabbits around the boxes according to how they will be placed. After the judge has the placings set, he or she will start with the last place and work up to first place. You have to listen carefully, as the judge gives a verbal evaluation of each rabbit as they are excused off the table. You will hear what he or she thinks are the rabbits strong points and weaknesses. If you are a breeder, you listen to see what physical characteristics need improvement and which ones are good. Comments like these can help with your breeding program and may help you decide which rabbits to breed and what to look for in future liters.
Now, don't you want to show your bunny!