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ARBA Standard Of Perfection - Final Acceptance of New Varieties

Page 28 Section 13 - Final Acceptance, in the 2016-2020 ARBA ARBA Standard of Perfection, "The new variety will have the privileges of the existing breed varieties starting on the first day of the month following publication of the variety standard in the Domestic Rabbits magazine."

The following variety standards were published in the November/December Domestic Rabbits magazine:
Lilac Havana
Chocolate Lionhead
Seal Lionhead
Himalayan Mini Satin
Squirrel Mini Satin
Blue New Zealand

Per the rule stated above, these varieties became eligible to compete December 1, 2016.
The latest SOP inserts are Available for Download.


ARBA Airline Committee Update

The following link embedded below is the revised ARBA Airlines Committee Update. If you are shipping rabbits or cavies via airplane it is imperative that you please review this update. For sake of clarification, the ARBA is not soliciting heightened restrictions on rabbit-cavy air travel; rather this is an effort to provide consistent expectations so travelers with rabbits-cavies do not experience delays or confusion getting to and from convention. The ARBA has no authority to mandate participation; however the ARBA Airlines Committee can offer travelers adhering to case study specifications support in the event of a problem. The headquarters of each airline have made it clear if travelers choose not to adhere to the negotiated case study terms there can be no guarantee the shipment will fly.

Click Here for the ARBA Airline Committee Update - 9/22/2016

Should you have any questions, please contact the ARBA Airlines Committee Chairperson - Pat Vezino: Do NOT contact the ARBA office as Pat is the single point of contact working with each airline.


ARBA Election Results

Moll-435 votes
Behee-252 votes
Colucci-241 votes
Jones-233 votes

Westhoff-350 votes
Kratochuil-62 votes

Vogts-260 votes
Gillispie-165 votes

Deloyla-246 votes
Wickizer-221 votes

Shumaker- 2,559 votes
Hardin- 2,113 votes


Myxomatosis Alert

Please find below an article link published by the Santa Cruz Sentinel and noted by our ARBA Rabbit and Cavy Health Committee Chairperson, Dr. Hreiz, as an awareness to rabbit owners specifically those living near coastal California and Oregon. Much like other areas experiencing environmental concerns during different seasons, myxomatosis can be a greater concern this time of year. It is important to develop a mosquito abatement program that includes removal of standing water and perhaps chemical treatments to reduce potential exposure to mosquitoes, the primary source of initial infections. The PDF myxomatosis article by Chris Zemny contains more information on myxomatosis and how you can effectively reduce the risk of infection.

Deadly Virus Threatens Pet Rabbits - Santa Cruz Sentinel


Message from the ARBA President

Below is a message to the ARBA Membership by ARBA President Josh Humphries. Please click the link below to access this message:

Message to the ARBA Membership


Updated Airline Reference Guide and Tips Available

The ARBA Airlines Committee has recently updated their guide to aid ARBA members who plan to travel to national shows with their rabbits and/or cavies:

Airline Options (Official ARBA reference guide of airline carriers offering transport for rabbits and cavies.)


Argente Brun (49th ARBA recognized breed) and Mini Satin Broken Group and Chocolate Agouti Variety Recognized as of February 1, 2016

The Argente Brun and the Broken Mini Satin Group and Chocolate Agouti Variety passed their 3rd and final presentation at the 2015 ARBA Convention in Portland, OR. The ARBA office has prepared official standard inserts formatted to fit the pages of the 2016-2020 ARBA Standard of Perfection for the new breed and new Mini Satin group and variety as well as corrections to the Holland Lop (page 146 - Broken Group; page 149 - Cream variety; Delete Fawn variety), Mini Rex (page 179 - REW variety description), and Cavy standards:

2/1/2016 ARBA Standards Insert (Argente Brun, Mini Satin, Holland Lop, Mini Rex, and Cavy)

Judges Conferences...
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ARBA Judges' Conference Guidelines




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Access ARBA Youth Contest Results…

Best in Show Open Rabbit - White New Zealand - David Cardinal
Best in Show Youth Rabbit - Broken Satin - Natalee Brink
Best in Show Open Cavy - White American - Tricia Burkhart
Best in Show Youth Cavy -0 Black American - Katelyn Metzger


Open Rabbits - 8904

Youth Rabbits - 2471

Open Cavies - 478

Youth Cavies - 204

Exhibition Only - 639

Hopping - 5

Open Rabbits:
Best in Show - David Cardinal - New Zealand
Group 1:

Ryland/Trevor Sypnieski- Polish

Group 2:

Mike Raab - Palomino

Group 3:

Randy Shumaker/Allen Mesick - Britannia Petite

Group 4:

David Cardinal - New Zealand

Youth Rabbits:
Best in Show - Natalee Brink- Satin
Group 1:

Henley Ballinger- Mini Rex

Group 2:

Taylor Postage - Netherland Dwarf

Group 3:

Connor O'Neil - English Angora

Group 4:

Natalee Brink - Satin

Open Cavy:
Best in Show - Tricia Burkhart - American
Reserve in Show:

Jonathon Conrad - Coronet

2nd Reserve:

John Gray/Chase Austin - American Satin

Youth Cavy:
Best in Show - Katelyn Metzger- American
Reserve in Show:

Kyla Long - Abyssinian

2nd Reserve:

Natalie Menezes - Teddy

Meat Pen:

Open - John Quinn; Youth - Isabella/Sophia/Samantha Albiani

Single Fryer:

Open - John Quinn; Youth - Isabella/Sophia/Samantha Albiani


Open - Jerry Thayer; Youth - Kira Knox


Open - Scott DeManche; Youth - Trista Fry

Colored Fur:

Open - Adam/Dean Benker; Youth - Krystal Tondre

White Fur:

Open - Manuel/Linda Hildalgo; Youth - Kellie Tondre

Best Overall Fur:

Open - Manuel/Linda Hildalgo; Youth - Kellie Tondre

Booth Contest:

Best in Show - National Silver Fox Rabbit Club

Booth Contest:

Runner-up - Havana Rabbit Breeders Association

Arts & Crafts:

Best in Show - Dori Moore

Arts & Crafts:

Reserve in Show - Julie Kuroki


Below are the official results of the breed/variety presentations at the 2016 ARBA National Convention in Del Mar, CA:
(Click to access PDF to print: 2016 Breed Presentation Results)

Newly Accepted Breeds/Varieties - December 1, 2017:
Havana - Lilac
Lionhead - Chocolate, Seal
Mini Satin - Himalayan, Squirrel
New Zealand - Blue

On page 28 Section 13, the 2016-2020 ARBA Standard of Perfection states: "The new variety will have the privileges of the existing breed varieties starting on the first day of the month following publication of the variety standard in the Domestic Rabbits magazine."

The above variety standards were published in the November/December Domestic Rabbits magazine. Per the rule stated above, these varieties became eligible to compete December 1, 2016.

Varieties/Breeds Presented and Passed this Showing:
Abyssinian Cavy - Tan Pattern (1st try at 1st showing)
Belgian Hare - Tan Pattern (2nd try at 1st showing)
Britannia Petite - Siamese Sable (1st try at 1st showing)
Dwarf Hotot - Blue Eyebands (2nd try at 1st showing)
Mini Rex - Sable (1st try at 2nd showing)
Lionhead - Siamese Sable (1st try at 2nd showing)

Breeds/Varieties Presented But Did NOT Pass this Showing:
American Cavy - Otter (1st try at 1st showing)
Britannia Petite - Tortoise (1st try at 1st showing)
Czech Frosty (1st try at first showing)
Lionhead - Sable Point (1st try at 3rd showing)
Netherland Dwarf - Champagne (1st try at 1st showing)
Polish - Lilac (1st try at 1st showing)
Satin - Lilac (1st try at 1st showing)
Velveteen Lop - Solid (3rd try at 2nd showing) *

* COD Terminated


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Correction to 'Creative Cook' column in the September/October 2015 edition of the DR

Due to a misprint in the Creative Cook column in the September/October issue of Domestic Rabbits, there was an error in the featured recipe - Rabbit Samurai. For those who would like to try out their culinary skills with this dish, the corrected recipe is available below:

Rabbit Samurai
Large File Size (7.23 MB). Please allow adequate download time.


Results of the 2015 ARBA District 7 Director Election:

Jack Bailey 142
Carl Richetelle 201


BEW Britannia Petite and Mini Satin Copper Variety and New Siamese Group Varieties Recognized as of February 1, 2015

Blue-Eyed White Britannia Petite and the Copper variety and Siamese Group varieties (blue, chocolate, and lilac), in Mini Satins passed their 3rd and final presentation at the 2014 ARBA Convention in Fort Worth, TX. The ARBA office has prepared official standard inserts for the 2010-2015 ARBA Standard of Perfection:

2/1/2014 ARBA Standards Insert (Britannia Petite and Mini Satin)


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In Memoriam...


Al Butler I'm sorry to share that the ARBA has lost another friend today; Al Butler passed away this morning. Al joined the ARBA January 6, 1967 with his beloved late wife Barb. They started the Twitches 4-H Club in 1969 and through the years have been instrumental in supporting the rabbit and cavy industries ever since. Not only were Al and Barb active with the rabbits and cavies, it was entirely a family affair as their children were involved as well. Al became ARBA Judge #401 on October 4, 1977. Al was an active judge for 30 years and judged in 46 states and Canada along with ARBA judge Barb Butler, his wife and sometime "captain". It is very difficult to think of Al "or" Barb as nearly everything was "Al and Barb Butler". Together they judged and for a period of time took their motor home judging across the continent, seeing the sights, enjoying the shows, and spending time with their friends from all over the country.

Al was an active volunteer in clubs on the local, state, and national levels; he and Barb also helped with the ARBA Youth Department and Sam Geradi in the 1970's. Al was a life member of the ARBA, American Belgian Hare Club, Giant Chinchilla Rabbit Association, American Dutch Rabbit Club and Stark County Rabbit Club. Al was presented with his ARBA Distinguished Service Award by President Josh Humphries at the 2015 Stark County Rabbit Club's 100th Anniversary Show in Canton, Ohio with friends and family in attendance. There was no question how beloved Al was to those who had the opportunity to know him. He could talk about rabbits for hours, quite literally. Al would take the time "for those who would listen" to offer tips, constructive criticism, and also historical background knowledge. Al Butler will be sorely missed but he lives on through the many lives he touched, both those within his biological family and those within the ARBA/4-H communities. Thank you Al for all you have done to support the ARBA and we have no doubt that Barb likely has a few Hares already lined up for you.

Our sincere condolences go out to his family. Calling hours will be Monday, March 20, 2017 from 6-8PM at:

Former, Clevenger, and Gordon Funeral Home
1803 Cleveland Ave NW
Canton, OH 44709

On Tuesday March 21, services will be held at the funeral home at 10AM. A military service will be conducted at Western Reserve Cemetery at 12:30PM. A lunch will follow at 2PM at the Foltz Center in East Canton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to anencephaly research at Duke Molecular Physiology Institute. Click on "Make a Gift Now" in the left-side navigation and then "Make a Credit Card Gift." Under 'Designations' click on the field called "Add an unlisted designation." Donors must write-in: 391-2359. There is also a place toward the bottom where donors can dedicate the gift. Donations may also be made to the Alzheimer's Association

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