If you’re like most rabbit owners, you love your bunny. You can’t help but melt at the sight of that small whiskery face and those endearing ears. In your eyes, your bunny is a star, the light of your life, a truly wonderful rabbit. But even though you believe your bunny is perfect, does that mean that he or she has what it takes to be a show winner?
Rabbit shows draw a great deal of enthusiasm across the United States. ARBA (the American Rabbit Breeders Association) estimates that approximately 3,000 ARBA-sanctioned shows are held throughout the United States each year, with an estimated 850,000 rabbits shown each year, and over 15,000 rabbits shown at the annual ARBA Convention alone. It’s easy to see that rabbit showing is extremely popular!
And why not? Rabbit shows bring together dedicated enthusiasts, allow spectators to view a multitude of breeds all at once, give breeders the opportunity to showcase their stock, and provide an educational experience for exhibitors and spectators alike. In addition, buyers and sellers find rabbit shows to be a great place to network and meet new acquaintances. With everything that they have going for them, it’s no wonder that rabbit shows are immensely popular events.
As a rabbit enthusiast, you’re probably eager to join in the fun. And yet at the same time, you might feel a bit of hesitation about venturing into something new, and you may wonder if your rabbit really has what it takes to be a winner. So before you head to your first show with your rabbit in tow, you may want to consider attending a show or two as a spectator. Doing this allows you to get a feel for the procedures at a show, meet other rabbit enthusiasts and begin to evaluate whether or not your rabbit is “up to fluff.” **For the full article, pick up the 2008 issue of Rabbits USA or click here to buy the issue.**