Rabbit show jumping is a competition in which trained domestic rabbits leap over appropriately sized obstacles.
This sport began in the late 1970s in Sweden. It was popularized in the United Kingdom following an appearance on the TV show That's Life!. There are more than fifty rabbit show jumping clubs throughout Scandinavia.
Some people compare rabbit show jumping to equestrian show jumping. Trainers and devotees can win titles and awards during events sponsored by groups such as the U.S. Rabbit Agility Association, Rabbithopping-USA, the American Association of Sporting Events for Rabbits, 4-H Club fairs, and other venues. Denmark, Sweden, Finland and the United Kingdom hold local and nationally sanctioned events.
The sport depends on the type of rabbit, with separate competitions for small rabbits and larger rabbits. Generally, long-haired Angora type breeds are excluded from competing because of the difficulties their coats cause with agility and vision.
The official world record in high jump for rabbits is 995 millimetres (39.17 in). The official world record in long jump for rabbits is 3000 millimetres (118.11 in).
Rabbit jumping is also a sport in the U.S but the rabbits are not as athletic. Linda Hover, president of the rabbit hopping organization of America, said the sport is fun for the rabbits.