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New to showing- tips on bettering my rabbits

Post Number:#1  Unread postby Shan_non » Sat Sep 02, 2017 6:09 pm


I am looking to better my rabbits for showing. I have never shown and don't know anything about it. Where would I begin and what do I look for to better my rabbits?
We have Silver Fox and New Zealand White rabbits. Also, I see show people post their pictures with their hand on the ears or face. Is the purpose of this to get them to round their backs?
Any tips are appreciated! Thanks in advance.

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Re: New to showing- tips on bettering my rabbits

Post Number:#2  Unread postby SableSteel » Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:25 pm


Shan_non wrote:I am looking to better my rabbits for showing. I have never shown and don't know anything about it. Where would I begin and what do I look for to better my rabbits?


arba.net is the place to begin. You need to buy a standard of perfection; it tells what the ideal rabbit for each breed should look like, it tells you accepted colors, weight ranges, DQs, etc. Rabbits are all judged against the standard of perfection, and all good breeders have one. arba.net also has listing of shows; I'd suggest finding a show, contacting the secretary to get the catalog (which says when and where it is) and just going, for the first time, without bringing any rabbits. Watch your breeds get judged, and try to find a breeder of one of your breeds there willing to help you out. When you are first starting out, the best tips on what you can improve in your rabbits come from judges. When you do decide to enter them in shows, rabbit judges tell you exactly where the rabbit is lacking (like: this rabbit needs more depth, or lacks fur density) and you can start building your rabbits up from there.

Shan_non wrote:We have Silver Fox and New Zealand White rabbits.
Any tips are appreciated! Thanks in advance.

Both silver fox and NZW are judged mainly on body. They want a deep, wide body with very firm flesh. Both NZW and Silver Fox, luckily, strive for the same shape in their body: 'commecial'. try looking at pictures of show quality NZ to see just what the body is supposed to be shaped like (here is the national BIS of last year: a NZW) https://www.arba.net/images/BIS_Rabbit16.jpg
Silver fox also place some importance on their fur. They have thick, long fur compared to other breeds, and its supposed to not be able to return to its normal, lying position when stroked from tail to head.

Shan_non wrote:Our Silver Fox Buck
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Our Silver Fox Doe
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They look like they're posed pretty well; the doe looks better in these pictures, of the two. Especially looking at her hindquarters: hers look more rounded, while his seemed chopped off, or not full.

Shan_non wrote:Also, I see show people post their pictures with their hand on the ears or face. Is the purpose of this to get them to round their backs?


The purpose of having the hand around the head in pictures is to keep the rabbits still for pictures (some rabbits are quite curious about the world and would rather explore it than sit still for a photo session). Photos without the hand (especially in breeds where the head is more important, like polish and dutch) are preferable.
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Re: New to showing- tips on bettering my rabbits

Post Number:#3  Unread postby Random Rabbit » Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:00 am


Hi Shan_non,
Welcome to the wild and Wonderful world of showing rabbits !
On Sept 9th there is a rabbit show very close to Your area. It might be interesting to go and walk around . I see that Silver Fox are sanctioned.
Here is a link to the catalog:
http://www.nyrcba.com/Catalogs/Erie Canal SHOW Catalog 2017 V.3.pdf

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http://www.nyrcba.com/dates.html
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Re: New to showing- tips on bettering my rabbits

Post Number:#4  Unread postby Shan_non » Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:12 am


Thank you, SableSteel. I appreciate all of the information.
At what age can you properly evaluate a kit to decide if it is show worthy? I have 4 SF does 12 weeks old that I would like to reassess.

I found this blog which I found very informative. I'm excited to use it to evaluate our stock. I think I may have pushed the buck too far forward in this photo leading to that choppy back-end. But we'll see after I retry!
http://hillriserabbitry.blogspot.com/20 ... s.html?m=1


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Re: New to showing- tips on bettering my rabbits

Post Number:#5  Unread postby SableSteel » Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:47 pm


Shan_non wrote:Thank you, SableSteel. I appreciate all of the information.
At what age can you properly evaluate a kit to decide if it is show worthy? I have 4 SF does 12 weeks old that I would like to reassess.


Now that, is one of the hardest things lol Rabbits continue to change as they grow, so unless you know how the lines develop very well, it's hard to select young ones for showing (that's one reasons it's recommended to buy full grown rabbits when starting off in showing). You can probably tell some things about them at that age; like, if there are some that just already stand out as more meaty; but exact things like the topline are harder to tell.
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Re: New to showing- tips on bettering my rabbits

Post Number:#6  Unread postby Estes » Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:23 am


I was wondering about the same thing. Thanks for linking to such great resources guys. Btw, your rabbit looks beautiful Shannon.

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