Gerbil Shows

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So what actually happens at a gerbil show?

In the UK there are two main kinds of gerbil show

There are:

the small local shows that happen throughout the year, usually as part of a local cavy, rabbit, rat or mouse show, and;
a small number of very large shows that take part of a major event in the rabbit show calendar such as the London and Bradford Championship Shows.

At both shows the format of the gerbil show is the same. Exhibitors turn up at the show and hand their gerbils, along with the entry fee to the show secretary before the deadline set out in the published show schedule. About half an hour after the deadline an approved judge, or maybe two judges where there are a very large number of entries, start to judge the gerbils by comparing them to the established show standards for the class(es) the gerbil is entered in.

Once the judging has finished, prize cards, rosettes, and sometimes prize money and trophies will be presented to the winners of the various classes. The best gerbil in the show is given the title Best in Show.

At the show everyone has a great opportunity to discuss gerbils, exchange gerbils, see the rest of the show etc.

The main difference between one of the smaller shows and the larger events is that at the larger shows there is more to see and there are usually trade stands where various things connected with keeping small animals can be bought.

Details of forthcoming shows in the UK and around the world can be found at the NGS Events Page.

What do they look like?

[Picture] Enfield on 4 October 1997. This photo was taken at a typical small show in a scout hut. The green pens in the foreground are part of the mouse show, the rats are on the tables at the back of the hall. The gerbils are on the tables in between.
[Picture] Bradford January 1997. This is a small part of one of the largest shows. The London Show is nearly as large. All that can be seen in this photos is about 50% of the rabbit pens. There was also cavies, mice, rats, chinchillas, gerbils and lots of trade stands.
[Picture] Bradford January 1997. This is Jackie Roswell judging the gerbils.
[Picture] Bradford January 1997. This is a different view of the gerbil show.
[Picture] Bradford January 1998. This is typical of the trade stands you see at the larger shows.

Click here to see a photographic record of The London Show 1997.

Click here to see some Winning Gerbils

Here is a page with pictures of the The London Show 2000

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Last updated 22 September 2007