Chinchilla Shows, Photos and Information

On the right you will find photos of some of the many shows I have shown at over the last couple of decades.

Chinchilla shows are put on by the two breeders associations, Emperess Chinchilla Breeders Cooperative (ECBC) and Mutation Chinchilla Breeders Association (MCBA).

Each has a yearly national show and each club will host an annual show or field day. Clubs often span several states and breeders are often members of both associations.

Showing chinchillas is a great way to meet people and learn, shows are open to the public and usually free to watch. The cost to show a chinchilla is $4-$8, you do not have to be a member to show. There are no special vet or health certificates required. Maximum number of allowed chins per person is 40, 20 standards and 20 mutations.

Chinchillas show best between six and eighteen months but can be shown at any age. Some shows will have a baby derby where the crowd votes on the cutest baby. Everyone is welcome and are encouraged to bring their chins, even if they only have one as a pet.

Shows typically start on a Friday evening with check-in between 6PM and midnight. Animals are generally left in the show hall with a volunteer watcher. Hall doors open back up at 6AM for grooming, the show starts around 9AM and depending on the number of animals can last until 5PM with a break for lunch. Shows can range from 50 - 400 animals, average is around 150.

After the show there is cleanup and almost always an awards banquet, dinner, or potluck.

Live shows are normally a one day event with pelt/live shows being a two day event. Most breeders travel many hours to shows and I've gone to several in Canada. If you think that you'd like to attend a show there is usually a current list on the Empress Chinchilla and MCBA Chinchilla websites.

Current List of 2017/2018 Chinchilla shows.

Sep. 15-16th 2017 MCBA - NY/NE show Addison, New York.
MCBA - September, 2017 West Coast Chapter show, place to be determined
MCBA - October 7, 2017 WI Chapter Regional Show Barneveld, WI
MCBA - October 20th, 2017 Ohio fall claim show.
ECBC - November 4-5, 2017 Annual Meeting Columbus, OH
ECBC - November 18th 2017 Heartland Chinchilla Colfax, IA Jasper county fairgrounds, live animal show.
ECBC - Nov 11, 2017 NAB Show - Addison, NY
MCBA - Nov. 11, 2017 - South East Coast Chapter - Winter Garden, FL
ECBC - Nov. 18th 2017 - Heartland Group Show - Colfax, IA
ECBC - Dec 2, 2017 Washington State Show
MCBA - Dec 2, 2107 - Ohio State Show, Jenera, OH
ECBC - January 6, 2018 SAB Show, Roxboro, NC
MCBA - Jan 20, 2018 - Michigan Chapter Show, Jenera, OH
ECBC - Feb 3, 2018 Colorado Show TBD Ft Collins or Loveland
ECBC - March 3-4, 2018 National Show Council Bluffs, IA
MCBA - March 16 -17, 2018 - MCBA Nationals, Auburn, IN
MCBA - April 15th, 2018 - Atlantic Chapter Show
MCBA - May 19th 2018 - Ohio Spring Field Day