Hillsboro Hollands - Showing Holland Lops & Colors
Definitions
BIS
Best In Show - Judged as the best rabbit in the rabbit show.  BIS may be
chosen by comparing all the BOB winners.
BOB
Best of Breed - Judged the best rabbit of that breed.
BOS
Best Opposite Sex - Judged the best of the opposite sex of the BOB
rabbit. For example, if a doe wins BOB, then the judge will choose the
best buck for the BOS.
BOV
Best Of Variety - The rabbit judged best of its variety. "Variety" is the same
as "color" in most breeds. Some breeds only come in one color, and BOV
does not apply.  The Lop breeds are designated in two varieties - solid
and broken.
BOSV
Best Opposite Sex of Variety - Judged the best rabbit of the opposite sex
of the BOV rabbit.
Leg
An official certificate issued by a Show Secretary, designating a certain
win. In all cases, a leg will only be issued if there are at least 5 rabbits
competing for that particular win, with at least 3 breeders of those rabbits.
A "Leg" may be awarded for First Place in a class, BOB, BOS, BOV, BOSV,
BOG, BOSG, or BIS. A rabbit can only get one Leg per show.
Grand Champion
A rabbit who has won at least three "Leg" papers (under at least 2
different ARBA judges, and with at least one win as an intermediate or
senior), is registered, and has obtained a Grand Champion Certificate,
with a Grand Champion number, from ARBA.
So you want to raise and show Holland Lops.  What is a Holland Lop supposed
to look like?  What does a judge look at?  How do I know which Holland to
buy?  How do I know which Holland baby to keep?  Those are just a few of the
questions we had when we started raising Hollands in March 2006.  Thanks to
the help of experienced breeders we were able to make some sound
decisions.  But we made plenty of mistakes also.  Below is a list of links to
hopefully prevent you from making the same mistakes that we did.  
Looking for a Holland Lop to Show
Holland Lop Guide
Oak Ridge Rabbitry has created a wonderful
guide describing what Hollands should look like.
They have included pictures to illustrate the
correct look.  
Crowns
This article defines crowns and illustrates what
a proper crown looks like on a Holland Lop.  
This article is written by a breeder in England.  
Therefore, he calls his rabbits miniature lops
instead of Holland Lops.
Holland Lop Type
The National Holland Lop website offers
numerous articles about Holland Lop type.   
Click on the HL Info/Articles link on the home
page.  These articles will appear under showing
and judging on the next page.
Showing Hollands
Rabbit Shows
Laurie Stroupe at Nature Trail Rabbitry offers
numerous articles about rabbit shows and what
to expect.
Showing Hollands
Three Little Ladies also offers articles about
showing Hollands.  
The original color for Hollands is tort.   
Many breeders only work with tort
Hollands.  But there are numerous other
breeders who like to work with colored
Hollands.  We also raise colored Hollands.  
However, we do not sacrifice quality for
color.  

There are 144 possible colors in the
Holland breed.  This makes the breed
appealing to people who show Hollands
and have Hollands for pets.  Below are
links about colors and the genetics behind
the colors.
Amy's Rabbit Ranch has an excellent page that list the colors
in their groups.  Amy has spent hours developing her
material.  She has numerous pictures to illustrate the colors.  
Carrie Campo breeds for color and quality.  Her website offers
examples of the many colors available in Holland Lops.
Danny & Ann Cummings raise colored Hollands in the
Midwest.  Their website contains excellent examples of
colored Hollands that maintain the features of the Holland
breed.
Amy's Rabbit Ranch offers a baby color guide.  This will be
helpful in distinguishing colors in baby Hollands.
Nature Trail Rabbitry has articles about color genetics and the
color groups.  Laurie Stroupe also lists the 144 possible
colors of Hollands and their genetic codes.  
Colors & Genetics
Three LIttle Ladies provide an easy to understand guide to  
colors and genetics.