Each year, the American Gerbil Society holds several gerbil shows. A gerbil show is similar to a dog or cat show, except that it is for gerbils. American Gerbil Society-trained judges evaluate gerbils for conformation, body type, build, overall health, color, and temperament. Gerbils compete for ribbons, with Best In Show and Best Of Opposite Sex winners awarded at each show.
Pay close attention to the dates and deadlines for each show. You will need to adhere to a strict quarantine before and after a show. There are age requirements for classes like Pup and Senior. There are deadlines for registering for a show. These dates and deadlines can be found on each show page.
Register and Enter Show
All gerbils must be registered by the Sunday before an upcoming show. Your registrations and exhibitor membership fees must be paid and current.
For the protection of all kennels attending the show, the AGS has developed a strict quarantine requirement. This will help ensure that no viruses, bacterial infections, mites, or lice are introduced to the kennel from outside sources.
Each kennel bringing/sending animals and/or equipment must strictly quarantine their kennel for four weeks prior to the show. They will not bring any animals including gerbils, other rodents, exotics, birds, or reptiles into their home of kennel during this four-week period. If you have any unexplained deaths or illnesses during the quarantine period, NO animals from your kennel should be brought to the show.
Breeders must perform some screening for certain diseases such as Tyzzer's Disease, in the month leading up to a show. See Health Guidelines