Pedigrees and more ...
A Pedigree is written proof that your rabbit is a purebred.
It should have:
signature of the original breeder
rabbit's name & ear tattoo number
rabbit's Variety (color)
rabbit's date of birth
rabbit's weight (When the rabbit is an intermediate/senior age)
Required to have all 14 of the rabbit's ancestors
(3 generations) on the pedigree
There can be extra information such as registration numbers, grand champion numbers, show winnings, number of legs won, etc.
Change the name no matter what. For the respect of the breeder leave their rabbitry's name and rabbit's given name alone. You may call the rabbit anything you want. Just leave the paperwork alone.
The rabbit must have no disqualification to be registered and meet the breed's standard. The rabbit must have a complete pedigree, at least 6 months old, checked by an ARBA licensed Registrar.
There are three different types of Registrations seals:
Red Seal is if the rabbit's parents are registered
Red & White Seal is when both parents and grandparents are registered
Red, White & Blue seal is when the whole pedigree of ancestors is registered
When a rabbit wins an award at a rabbit show, it will earn a "leg". There must be at least 5 rabbits owned by 3 different people to earn the award.
The Awards are:
BIS - Best in Show
RIS - Reserved in Show
BOB - Best of Breed
BOSB - Best Opposite Sex of breed
BOG - Best of Group
BOSG - Best Opposite Sex of Group
BOV - Best of Variety
BOSV - Best Opposite Sex of Variety
Rabbits can only earn one leg per show. The show must be sanctioned by ARBA.
To earn Grand Champion, the rabbit must have at least 3 legs. At least one of the legs must be earned at an intermediate or senior age from 2 different judges.
Earning this certificate means that the rabbit has reached the breed's standard of excellence. Remember there is always room to improve because no rabbit is perfect.