Showing Lionhead Rabbits
At last, breed recognition! Now what?
This means that Lionheads in those varieties will be eligible to win legs of Grand Champion and compete with other breeds for Best In Show at ARBA sanctioned shows. They are also able to be registered with ARBA in REW and Tort, and receive certificates of Grand Champion. As of December 1, 2016 Chocolate and Seal were added to the list of recognized ARBA varieties.
Per ARBA rules, show secretaries are not obligated to accept entries in any other variety except Tortoise, REW, Chocolate and Seal; however, most varieties on COD will most likely be allowed to be shown for exhibition, as may other colors that are not on COD. This means that they will be allowed to compete for Best of Variety (BOV) and Best Opposite Sex of Variety (BOSV), but will not be allowed to compete for legs of Grand Champion, Best of Breed (BOB), Best Opposite Sex (BOS) or Best In Show (BIS).
Check with your show secretary prior to the show so that you know exactly what varieties they will allow. If you determine that the exhibition varieties are allowed to be shown, you must supply the show secretary with a copy of a variety color standard. A version of some of the past and present COD color variety standards is available in the above table to the right. We can no longer publish a copy of the official Lionhead breed standard, as it is now copyrighted property of ARBA. Please note that once a variety on COD has one successful pass at presentation, per ARBA rules, shows must allow them to be shown for exhibition. Shows must allow exhibition of Sable Point and Siamese Sable, as they all have had at least one successful presentation as of 2015.
Current Variety CODs: Chocolate, and Seal HAVE SUCCESSFULLY PASSED THE PRESENTATION PROCESS AND WILL BE ADDED TO THE BREED STANDARD AS RECOGNIZED VARIETIES EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 1, 2016. Sable Point and Siamese Sable will make their attempts at successful 3rd Presentation in Indy in 2017. BEW (Blue-eyed White) will be eligible to present in 2017. Black has recently been awarded a COD and will be eligible to begin the presentation process in 2018
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