The American Rabbit Breeders Association, or ARBA, recognizes 47 different rabbit breeds. Every breed of rabbit has a written standard found in the Standard of Perfection.
All Rabbits have an ear tattoo in their left ear. That is how breeders can tell their rabbits form other peoples rabbits.
We show Min Lop and Min Rex so I will just show you the first page of each of those breeds standards.
So we have boys and girls, junior and senior classes,then the breeds are broken into varieties, The Mini Rex are shown in 16 color variates. So Schultz, our white senior buck was shown against all the other white senior bucks at the show, and the best white senior buck is chosen then the best white senior doe , best junior buck, best junior doe. Then from those four the best of the white variety is chosen. After the judge has gone through all the varieties at the show he or she will pick the best of breed from the best of variety winners. Best of breed will then participate in best of show.
yesterday there were 160 Mini Rex!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The little girl is clerking for the judge, she is writing down what the judge is saying on a card with the rabbits ear tattoo number on it. 4-H leaders love to have our kids clerk for the judges, the kids learn so much about rabbits this way.
The rabbits owner is on the other side of the tale listing to the judge...not supposed to let her know which bunny is yours!
Henry won his class, solid junior buck in one show.
Blue boy won his class Broken Junior buck in 3 shows
One thing to remember at a show, judges are human, rabbits that won on one table can be in the middle or bottom of their class on the next judging table.
I always have a great time at shows talking to my rabbit friends, listening to the judges and looking at all the rabbits. I hope this was somewhat educational and not to boring...I said we nerds tend to go on...