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Becoming an ARBA Rabbit Registrar, part 2 – Rabbit Smarties : Creative Resources for Rabbit Keepers

Becoming an ARBA Rabbit Registrar, part 2


6) Make your own study guide. A few breeders have written study guides and practice tests for registrar’s applicants that are available online.  Also, the ARBA publishes study guides for rabbit and cavy registrar applicants.   These guides are excellent resources that help you know what to study.  However, you have an even better shot at programming all that information into your mental hard drive if you write your own study guide and practice tests.   Simply take a notebook and categorize information something like this:


– PROCEDURES FOR REGISTERING A RABBIT. (From ARBA yearbook) You should know what the current fees are, what the requirements for registration are, what the maximum length of a name is, details about how to fill out a registration blank, etc.

– ALL-BREED FAULTS AND DISQUALIFICATIONS.  (From current Standard of Perfection)

-DETAILS ON EACH BREED.  Devote a page to each breed that includes the following:

Disqualifications – probably the most important thing you need to know.  I memorized a list of the disqualifications of each breed when I was studying.

Faults – you should be familiar with the ideal type/fur and the faults/severe faults for each breed.

Weights – you will probably not be asked questions about specific breed weights on your written exam.  However, it never hurts to be familiar with them.

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Most important feature – again, you probably will not be asked about a breed’s scale of points on your exam.  However, in the oral examination you will have to show that you know what several breeds should look like, and what matters most in them.  So don’t worry about exact points, but do remember the most important feature of each breed.  You may want to list the features in order, like this: Type > Fur > Color = Condition.

-COLORS.   I would recommend creating a separate section on colors.  There are only so many basic rabbit colors, though they take many names in the various breeds.  Arrange the colors by group (Agouti includes chestnut, chinchilla, opal, lynx, squirrel, chocolate chin, and lilac chin).   Your entry for each color should include the usual ring pattern colors, usual top color, and usual eye color, making note of common disqualifications for that color.  You won’t have to know all the details about desired shades, but make sure you know the eye colors for each breed, because wrong eye color is a disqualification.

-NOTES SECTION.  Always handy to have a little section where you can jot down little rhymes or acronyms you come up with, or those facts that you just can’t seem to remember.

(Disclaimer: I honestly have never taken a close look at the ARBA-published registrar’s study guide, so I don’t know how much it resembles this outline.  These recommendations are based on the study guide I created for myself before the ARBA one was published.)

7) Refer to old yahoo-group posts.  Several  yahoo groups have been created for registrar applicants to help each other study.  Though most are now overrun by spam, if you dig deep into the archives you can find a wealth of information.   Make sure you check it against your current Standard, though!




8) Act professionally under the judges.  When you do pass those exams, the ARBA will give you the go-ahead to work with judges and a registrar.  In fact they mail you some evaluation forms you will present to each of the four officials you need to work under to complete your license.    You must gain both the judge’s and the show superintendent’s permission before working at a show, and they appreciate plenty of head’s up.  On show day, act as an aspiring professional under the judge.  Wear a show coat or apron and have your standard ready.  Answer his or her questions respectfully and don’t leave the show table without his or her permission.  Be as eager to help and to learn as possible and don’t be afraid to ask questions!  The judges like to know that you are serious about getting your license.

9) Have all the supplies you need.  When you finally achieve your license and are asked to be the registrar at a show, make sure you come prepared with all the necessary supplies.  You will want a case in which to keep paperwork,  a tattoo set, a current Standard of Perfection, and a hearty supply of registration blanks that you obtain from the ARBA.  Make sure you pack plenty of blanks; you never know when a breeder is going to tote in their whole herd to be registered!

10) Believe in yourself!  You can do it!  Becoming a registrar is a wonderful goal and not all that difficult if you are serious about it.  There are many resources and many great people out there to help you along the way.


(If you don’t know what it means to be an ARBA registrar or to register a rabbit, you probably haven’t read this far.  J  But just in case, here are a few links that answer general FAQ about registering rabbits.)




“Dear Pearl”, the first of humorous letters between imaginary breeders Britanny Petite and Pearl Marten!