How do I fill out a Rabbit Pedigree?

Just as a family tree is important to humans, the same is true with rabbits. Here we will explain to you what information goes where, why it is there, and why its important to know who the great-grandparents of your bunny are

When beginning a NEW Pedigree, fill out the first spot, on the far left of a blank pedigree, for the rabbit you are working with. Breed that to another, and place the offspring on a separate blank pedigree, with the offspring being noted as the first spot rabbit, and moving the original rabbit back one generation – to either the “sire” or “dam” position (sire is always listed on top, with dam immediately below), and then continue this process until the pedigree is full.

Adding offspring to the Pedigree

When you are starting a continued pedigree, the information noted above is in the same order as it would be for a situation where you already have a pedigreed pair of rabbits, and want to add your own offspring of that pair, so that kit will have his / her own pedigree. In essence, all you are doing is noting the first spot as being for the kit you produced, and then copying the information from the sire (dad) and dam (mom) pedigree’s to fill in the rest of the blocks. The sire’s lineage will be listed on the top of the form, followed by the dam’s lineage noted on the lower half of the form.

rabbit pedigree

NOTE:  See the tiny print under the breeder information at the top left corner of the pedigree?  That clearly states “This pedigree is correct to the best of my knowledge.”  Once you put your name on this pedigree – you are in fact swearing to other breeders, as well as to the ARBA, that to the best of your knowledge, the rabbit’s noted on this form are in fact pure-bred rabbits and every bit of information noted on this piece of paper is TRUE.  In other words – this makes YOU liable for what you put on that paper.  IF any information has been changed or purposely falsified, you could be subjected to having ARBA Membership revoked, as well as other possible problems – including but not limited to having your name as a breeder / exhibitor to be “smeared thru the mud”, causing no other breeder/exhibitor to want to have any dealings with you, at all.

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