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How do I get into showing?

Post Number:#1  Unread postby golden rabbitry » Fri Feb 19, 2021 10:59 pm


I know the technical side....

But how do you actually improve your herd? How many rabbits do you need to be able to improve your stock? Where do you find good breeders to buy from?

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Re: How do I get into showing?

Post Number:#2  Unread postby BoydsBunnies » Sun May 02, 2021 10:42 pm


A good way to start, is by going to the ARBA website and seeing if there is a show near you. Attend the show and start talking to people. Observe and have fun! In my opinion, rabbit people are some of the kindest and helpful people I have had the pleasure to meet. Most of them are very willing to answer any questions and can point you in the right direction of some good breeding stock.
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Re: How do I get into showing?

Post Number:#3  Unread postby ladysown » Mon May 03, 2021 10:30 pm


I know the technical side....

But how do you actually improve your herd? How many rabbits do you need to be able to improve your stock? Where do you find good breeders to buy from?


How do you improve your herd? By knowing the standard, and then taking that standard and looking at GOOD examples of your breed.

Say for instance you are doing holland lops. Don't look at all the pet quality rabbits out there. Look at what wins on the table and then visit the websites and facebook pages of the people who win on the table. Learn to see what the ARBA standards are calling for. DO NOT be SWAYED by the pet people out there. Seriously... just don't be. For me this year... it's impossible to find decent holland lops unless you know who to look for as there SO MANY NEW BREEDERS. GAH.

Go to the shows and introduce yourself to people who have your breed. Express that you are new and just want to learn. Ask good questions. If you are confused about something the Standard calls for... ask questions, get examples.

Buy what you can afford and DO NOT BE PRESSURED into buying something expensive. Seriously... if you can't afford to lose the money if the bunny unexpectedly dies... then don't buy it. Rabbits die from stress, illness, loud noises, new feed etc. So hedge your bets a little. If you have to buy cheaper and it takes you longer to get where you want... then take that time.

Do note: like BoydsBunnies said... most rabbit people are kind and helpful. Eager to help new people get started. BUT, at least in my neck of the woods, some of the new breeders haven't been exposed to the kindness and helpfulness of us old breeders and haven't learned to temper their words or their expectations. So temper your expectations and be aware that some people...
need more exposure to the kind people of the rabbit world. :)

How many rabbits do you need to improve your stock... could be as little as one, could be 10 ... could be 50. It might all just take time and patience. You can't give up because one rabbit doesn't perform as well as you want. Sometimes you'll breed rabbits expecting you'll get "x" from rabbit... but you don't get it the first litter.... and might not get it until the fifth litter.

Where to find good breeders... you know what? I'm still learning that. :)
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