Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Rabbit Pedigrees

What is a Pedigree?
A pedigree is used by rabbit breeders to record the parentage of rabbits of a specific breed and to show that a specific rabbit is purebred. If you ever want to get a rabbit registered and grand championed you will need a pedigree.

How to Use These Pedigrees
For those of you new to filling out a pedigree here is some information you might find helpful.Blank Generic Rabbit Pedigree:
1.Center Top under Rabbit Pedigree has a place for you to put whatever breed of rabbit that pedigree is for
2.To the left is a place for you to put your information
3.The first box on the left in the center is to put the information of the baby rabbit (kit)
4.Name is the name of the rabbit. Many people use their rabbitry name and then a name for the kit. Ex. ABOB's Midnight Sky (ABOB is the abrieviation for my rabbitry A Basket of Blessings) You could put your name (ex. Dawn's Midnight Sky) if you don't have a rabbitry name. Alot of people do even if they have a rabbitry name. You could just put your name and leave the rest blank for the new owner to fill in. I do this with kits I am selling (ex. ABOB's ____________________________)
5.Then the color of the rabbit comes next
6.The ear # of the rabbit - you can leave this blank and let the new owner give one later if you don't want to assign ear numbers right now. This is a means of identifying the rabbit for future reference. It also helps when selling rabbits of the same color. If I have say 2 torts and 5 black torts tattoing them with an ear # will help me to eventually tell them apart when I go to sell them. Also if anyone has a question about a rabbit I sold I can look up the information on that rabbit by looking up it's ear #.
7.Next is the DOB or date of birth
8.Then the sex - buck (boy) or doe (girl)
9.Wt is the weight of the rabbit. Unless the rabbit is an adult (6 months) I leave this blank
10.Reg. # is for registered numbers & GC # is for Grand Champion numbers so don't fill this out unless the rabbit has them. The new owner will fill those out later if they apply.
11.Winnings: Legs - the number of wins a rabbit has. When a rabbit wins its class and there is enough competitors they win a leg. If a rabbit gets 3 legs and is registered, you can apply to have the rabbit Grand Championed. You must be an ARBA member to do this.
12.The next two boxes are for the kit rabbit's parents. Sire is the dad and Dam is the mom.
13.Then there are the grandparents and great grandparents of the kit.
14.When you have filled in all this information you have a full pedigree. All the rabbits must be purebred rabbits of the same breed.

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