How to Judge Rabbits

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General Health

Does the colour, weight and features of the rabbit reflect breed guidelines? Does the rabbit have healthy teeth, toes and nails?


How clean is the rabbit? In what condition is its coat? How well groomed and presented is the rabbit? Are there knots in the armpits, groin and/or neck?


What is the ear placement (erect, floppy)? What shape are the ears? How long/wide are they?

Breed Characteristics

Does the rabbit represent the ‘type’ expected for the breed, according to the breed standards?


What colour is the coat? Is it true to the breed guidelines? What colour is the undercoat? How defined if the fur? Is there any ticking, demarcation or pattern depending on breed?


What head shape does the rabbit have?

What is the crown placement of the rabbit (is this its head?) How long and wide is the rabbit’s body? What shape is the hindquarter? What height and length is it? How straight are the rabbits limbs and topline? How firm is the rabbit’s flesh? Can the breed sit in the pose that best highlights its features?

The above judging criteria and comments have been provided for the purpose of education and do not represent the views, opinions or position of judges, officials or the RA&HS. Any resemblance to actual persons, competitors, or exhibits living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

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