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Affiliated with the British Rabbit Council and the Australian National Rabbit Council

The Canberra Rabbit Club Inc. (CRCI) was incorporated in July 1996. The idea behind the club was to create a friendly informal avenue for people with an interest in rabbits, both breeders and pet owners alike, to further their knowledge of rabbits and to provide them with the opportunity to show their rabbits on a regular basis.

Currently, the CRCI has four rabbit shows a year with categories to cover all breeds of pedigree rabbits which are judged according to the British Rabbit Council Standards. The shows are held in Goulburn (as there seems to be more interest there) and Canberra.

There is also usually a special pet rabbit section included with each show with such categories as Best Pet Rabbit, Most Talented Rabbit, Rabbit Most Like Owner, Best Fancy Dress and more!

Members receive several issues of the club newsletter, Rabbit Droppings, a year via email, usually published two weeks before each show.

The membership form is here. New members and those proposing to join, please read our rules regarding the purchase of rabbit rings here.

2016 the club has been a bit quiet in the first part of the year because of dwindling numbers of local breeders and lack of support in 2015. But now some active members have rejoined the club and things can move ahead.

There will be two shows in Goulburn The first was on 18th September and was the Nola Faulkner Memorial Show in honour of our long-serving Treasurer and foundation member who passed away in July this year after a brief illness.  It was also our AGM show. There was a special award for Best Netherland Dwarf, her chosen breed.

Our next show is on Sunday 20th November with popular Victorian judge John Porritt. It is our Christmas Show and final show for the year, and is also in the Guides Hall, Faithfull Street,  Goulburn. There will be a hot lunch with dessert and a drink and an information stand with handouts on rabbit care and someone to answer your questions.


CRCI will be hosting the Australian National Rabbit Council (ANRCI)National Rabbit Show next year. The following classes will be Judged so start planning your litters. Also to be included Fibre & Wool. Further details will be posted here as they come to hand or you can keep up to date through the Club's and ANRCI National Rabbit Extravaganza Facebook pages.


Animal friendly motels for interstate exhibitors:

  • Grand Manor Motel, 45 Macquoid Street, Queanbeyan 6299 2800
  • Leagues Motel, 1 Macquoid Street, Queanbeyan 6297 1134 (mention Bec Sutton's name and get the special Extravaganza rates)



There is a new strain of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD or Calici virus)There is no vaccine against the new strain in Australia and, until recently not in Britain either. Best protection is to make sure no wild rabbits can come where your bunnies are and avoid walking in places where they may be as the virus can be brought in on clothes, shoes, coats of dogs and so on. The virus can be destroyed with a 10% bleach solution but it is otherwise hardy, surviving up to 4 months at mild temperatures, even longer at low temperatures.

RHDV2 is almost like a new disease. The current vaccine does not protect against it (despite what some vets say) and there isn't a new one here that will. Even in Britain they are looking to import one from Europe as they don't have one, either. This looks as if it may have to be given every 4 months to be most effect as the BRC press release says that European meat breeders are vaccinating every 4 months.

Outtbreaks in the region have occurred this spring. Lake Bathurst, Googong, Burra, east of Queanbeyan, Belconnen & Tuggeranong have had deaths reported either from RHDV2 or RHDV1 (the original calici).

There is a very good Facebook group where data and research papers as well as reports of outbreaks have been collated. It's called Against The Approval of the K5 Calici Virus Made in Korea ( Despite the name, it covers all the variants of calici.



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Last updated November 2016