Rules for Showing Rabbits
1. First you must have a Full Bred rabbit, with a recognized
color to show. You will have to consult the ARBA book “Standard of Perfection”
for acceptable colors for breeds. Each breed has different colors. Colors
must match the eye color and nail colors that are allowed.
2. A rabbit under 6 months of age is to be entered as a Junior.
One over six months should be entered as a Senior. The following
breeds should be entered as 6/8 because they are between the ages of 6
and 8 months, and have a minimum ideal weight for seniors that is 9lbs.
and over (Intermediate):
3. Every rabbit must have an ear tattoo in the left ear. It must be
able to be read, or the judge may disqualify it.
4. The rabbit must be free of disease and infection. If a rabbit is
found at the show with an infection it will be removed.
5. Toenails and fingernails should be clipped and well kept. Teeth should
be free of malocclusion. A malocclusion is where the bottom teeth come
up over the top and usually split and eventually break. Sometimes the top
teeth just touch the bottom teeth. If a rabbit has this, the teeth can
be clipped with toenail clippers easily, but the rabbit should not be shown.
The rabbit’s top teeth should come over the bottom.
6. Be sure of the sex of your rabbit. If you enter a male in as a female
it will be disqualified. A rabbit with signs of Vent Disease will
also be disqualified. Males must have both testicles and not have a split penis.
7. All entries and money must be postmarked by the date posted on the
show catalog. If you do not have one, contact a secretary to get you one,
or just call your entries in. All money must be received before the show
starts, and any changes should be made before the judging starts. No changes
will be allowed at the judge’s table. If you can’t make it to a show, and
you need to cancel your entry, you must call in 24hrs before the show starts
to cancel. If you try to cancel that morning you will still have to pay
your entry fee even if you don’t show. You won’t be allowed to participate
in anymore shows until that fee is paid. Some secretaries let this slide,
but knowing the work that goes into an all breed show, they really shouldn’t!
That is about it. Check out the different types if
disqualifications I have added to the site. These apply to all the