| Originally Posted by Morgan |
Ha Ha! I'm learning so much about the world of ferrets.
What happens in a ferret show? Are the judged like a dog show? Or do they compete like an agility competition? I'm picturing lots of tubes.
Morgan, I'd say ferret shows are more like cat shows. The AFA (American Ferret Association) has developed a set standards to promote the breeding of healthy ferrets who conform to the structure of what the ferret was meant to be.
The AFA sanctions ferret shows all across the United States and even played a key role in helping Japan establish a show system. Our judges travel to Japan a few times a year to judge ferrets for the JFA (Japanese Ferret Association).
Ferrets at AFA shows shown in title classes are seen by 3 judges -- they're judged on their: head...skeletal frame...muscle tone...color/pattern...body proportion...health and maintenance...disposition...and the last score is a Judge's Impression score given for how well that particular ferret meets the breed standard. First through third placements are awared for the best average placement amongst all 3 judges. There is also, of course, a Best In Show. These ferrets go on to compete for Ferret of The Year for all ferrets competing in AFA shows across the U.S. We've been fortunate enough to have one of our companion (early alter -- pet store) kids win Companion Ferret of the Year two of the last four years -- and he's been up for the award 3 of the last 4 years. His name is Chevy. American Ferret Association: Ferret of the Year Winners
We also have "specialty classes", which are held the same day. These are classes where the judge only judges the ferret on how well their particular color/pattern meets the standard. In these classes the ferret is judged only on their color/pattern color and the condition of their coat. The colors are: dark-eyed white...albino...champagne...chocolate...sable...b lack sable. The patterns are: black mitt/black roan mitt...mitt...roan...point...panda/mutt/
Some of the shows will have a few of the "fun contests" -- meaning TUBE races for you, Morgan.
...but, mostly it's some serious business and fierce competition in the show rings.
I hope you all don't mind me boring you too much...