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What to expect and what are points?

Ever wonder what the terms Best of Show (BOS), Best of Breed (BOB), or better yet, Best of Breed Opposite Sex mean? Well hopefully this page will give some clarity to showing your rabbit. Most rabbits show at a four class breed. What that means is within each group (which we'll explain in a minute) are four different categories: senior buck, senior doe, junior buck, and junior doe. Larger rabbits, such as Flemish Giants are called a 6 class because they have an additional category for bucks and does called Intermediate. Junior and Senior are based on the age of the rabbit. Rabbits six months old and younger are considered juniors, while rabbits older than six months are considered senior.

Most rabbits are also broken into two groups, and they are based on color. The first group is called solids. The second group is called broken. At rabbit shows all solids are shown before broken. The order will go like this:

1

Solid

Senior

Buck

2

Solid

Senior

Doe

3

Solid

Junior

Buck

4

Solid

Junior

Doe

5

Broken

Senior

Buck

6

Broken

Senior

Doe

7

Broken

Junior

Buck

8

Broken

Junior

Doe

The judge will call the first class to the table (Solid Senior Bucks). The judge will begin looking at the rabbits one by one. They will check the sex of the rabbit to ensure that the rabbit is in the right group. Then the judge will check the rabbits for disqualifications. Disqualifications include missing or discolored toe nails and other problems which are different for each rabbit. Rabbits with disqualifications are usually removed from the table immediately.

When a judge has determined that a rabbit is not going to be one of the top rabbits, they will call out the ear number of the rabbit. At that point the judge will make comments regarding the rabbit. Once the judge has completed the comments, you should immediately pick up your rabbit from the table. Often you will be able to pick up a comment card which is completed for you. Its is a good idea to take your own notes as well.

Rabbits will continue to be removed until the judge has a top ten. At that point, the judge tends to take more time to try and determine the best rabbit in the class. Rabbits finishing in the top 5 will receive ARBA points based on the place and number of rabbits shown.

Finally one rabbit will be chosen as the best in that class. The rabbit chosen as best in class will remain at the table until the rest of the group has been judged. In this case the best Solid Senior Buck will remain at the table. Then the judging will proceed to Solid Senior Doe, where a winner will be selected, and then to Solid Junior Buck and Solid Junior Doe. At this point four rabbits have finished first in their class.

These four rabbits remain on the table and the judge will then pick the best rabbit from these four. This rabbit is awarded Best of Group. The judge then looks at the two rabbits of the opposite sex of the BOG, and selects the best one. This rabbit is awarded The Best Opposite Sex of Group. If the BOG is a buck, then the BOSG must be a doe, and the opposite is true.

1

Solid

Senior

Buck

First Place

2

Solid

Senior

Doe

First Place

BOG

3

Solid

Junior

Buck

First Place

BOSG

4

Solid

Junior

Doe

First Place

5

Broken

Senior

Buck

6

Broken

Senior

Doe

7

Broken

Junior

Buck

8

Broken

Junior

Doe

Now that the judge has completed the solid colored , they will then move on to the broken, and again get down to a Best of Group (BOG) and Best Opposite Sex of Group (BOSG)

1

Solid

Senior

Buck

First Place

2

Solid

Senior

Doe

First Place

BOG

3

Solid

Junior

Buck

First Place

BOSG

4

Solid

Junior

Doe

First Place

5

Broken

Senior

Buck

First Place

6

Broken

Senior

Doe

First Place

BOG

7

Broken

Junior

Buck

First Place

BOSG

8

Broken

Junior

Doe

First Place

Now we are down to just four rabbits, 2 solids, and 2 broken. The judge will select from these four rabbits. The best rabbit is awarded the Best of Breed (BOB). As in the Group, the judge will select from the opposite sex of the BOB for Best Opposite Sex (BOS).

1

Solid

Senior

Buck

First Place

2

Solid

Senior

Doe

First Place

BOG

3

Solid

Junior

Buck

First Place

BOSG

4

Solid

Junior

Doe

First Place

BOB

BOS

5

Broken

Senior

Buck

First Place

6

Broken

Senior

Doe

First Place

BOG

7

Broken

Junior

Buck

First Place

BOSG

8

Broken

Junior

Doe

First Place

The Best of Breed (BOB) rabbit will go on to compete for Best in Show and Best Reserve against all the other rabbit breeds. How long does this all take? It depends on the total number of rabbits entered, but normally will take a few hours.

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