What is a chinchilla show? For over fifty years all over the country there have been chinchilla shows. In the beginning chinchillas were not bred for the pet industry but for the fur trade. While this may offend the current pet owner in today's age, years ago it was a thriving business. Ranchers from all over would gather to show off the best of what they had bred. Live chinchillas and pelts were both shown in an effort to show how those ranchers were improving the breed.
Today while the fur market isn't what it used to be and most hobby breeders sell their animals to pet homes, there are still chinchilla shows. This is a gathering of people who are passionate about selecting, breeding and showing the best of the best. Most shows are held in the northern states, only a few are in the deep south. Those that live south usually have to drive multiple days to show their animals.
Showing requires works and preparation from the moment you select two animals to put into breeding. Chinchillas are judged on the quality of their fur as a pelt nothing more. They can be missing a tail, have a torn ear or be aggressive and mean. The qualities of a good pet chinchilla are not necessarily what a breeder showing a chinchilla is looking for; personality has no bearing on how well an animal does. Without this pelt market in the past there would be no pet market of today.
We here, at Sunshine Chinchillas, are always striving to produce the best show quality animals we can. We attend multiple shows each year learning and comparing our herd with what we see on the show table. A number of our kits we hold back each year to take to shows to ensure that we don't become complacent in our breeding program. We are a small hobby breeder and all kits or chinchillas that we feel are not the standards to which we are looking for are adopted out to loving pet homes to live their life.
Atlantic MCBA Show May 3, 2014
MCBA Judge Ralph Shoots of Shoots Chinchilla Ranch in Ohio