Registering a rabbit is not a difficult task but it is one that proves the worth of your lines. In order to register your rabbit the owner must be a current member of ARBA, the rabbits being registered must be 6 months old or older, and have a complete three-generation pedigree (tattoo numbers, weights and variety). The registrar, who is licensed by ARBA, then compares the rabbit before them to “The Standard of Perfection”. If the rabbit has any disqualifying factors: missing or wrong colored nails, weights not within the range, wrong fur color, etc. it cannot be registered. Therefore, every rabbit with an official registration means quality and they have a greater value over unregistered rabbits.
Eleven of our seventeen breeders are registered. The six rabbits that did not receive their registrations were because of incomplete pedigrees on our black New Zealand breeding pair – and sadly, four of our older Californian stock disqualified for having smut on the usable portion of the pelt – those of you that raise Californians know how quickly smut can appear on their coats!
Song Away Farm is committed to raising our rabbits to the Standard of Perfection because a strong foundation will continue to produce quality rabbits for years to come.