Self Pink Eyed Golden
Looking for your local cavy club? You can find a list of the contact details for all the clubs that are currently affiliated to the National Cavy Club here.
The monthly CAVIES magazine is the official publication of the British Cavy Council and the National Cavy Club. Visit the CAVIES website for more information.
The British Cavy Council has produced a Code of Practice that outlines the welfare needs of cavies.
The purpose of the BCC registration certificate is simply to confirm that a fee has been paid by someone to give him or her the sole use of the stud name when exhibiting stock at UK cavy shows. It is in no way an endorsement of the quality of stock. More.
The majority of the photographs on this site have been kindly provided by Lyndon Nowell and Evelyne van Vliet. Please do not copy any of these images without the permission of the BCC
The British Cavy Council (BCC) champions the exhibition and promotion of purebred cavies (guinea pigs). It is not a club or an association with members, rather it comprises representatives from each of the thirteen Specialist Breed Clubs in the UK, plus a Chairman and a Secretary/Treasurer.
The aim of this website is to provide a source of reference material related to the objectives of the BCC, that is freely and instantly available to any interested cavy fancier in the UK or abroad. If you are new to cavies, you might find it useful to visit our satelite-site first for an introduction to the cavy and the cavy fancy.
On the following pages, you can learn about the BCC, view its Objectives and its Constitution and Rules, and read minutes of its previous meetings. You can also find out more about the Breed Clubs that it serves and the breeds that they cater for, including details of the Breed Standards, galleries of photographs, links to Breed Club web sites, and Breed Club contact details. If you would like to know more about Breed Standards, there are links to pages that explain how standards are developed and how they should be applied.
The Information tab provides a library of useful articles on breeds of cavy and related matters, as well as links to other cavy-related web sites. Finally, there are links to adverts posted by Specialist Breed Club members and contact details for key posts within the BCC.
From 01.01.2017, the Self Slate has been awarded a Full Standard, and the Self Blue and Lunkarya have been awarded Guide Standards. Brindles, Tortoiseshells, Tricolours and Bicolours, have become Guide Standard breeds, and the Ridgeback has become a New and Emerging breed.
Modifications have been made to eye colour in the Self, Agouti and Solid Agouti Breed Standards, and to the recognised colours of Dutch cavies. Amendments have also been made to the Swiss Guide Standard and to BCC Rule 2.2.
The British Cavy Council met on 8th October 2016. The minutes are available here.
Modifications to BCC Rules 1.6, 2.9 and 4.1
Guidance notes for the Self Blue, the Californian, and the Agouti Himalayan are agreed, and amendments made to the Self Caramel and the Lunkyara.
The Slate Guide Standard has been amended.
The British Cavy Council met on 24th October 2015. The minutes are available here.
A Teddy Cavy Club breed page has been created.
Contact details for all the NCC affiliated clubs now available.
The British Cavy Council met on 12th October 2013. The minutes are available here.
A reminder about the purpose and appropriate use of BCC Prefix Registration Certificates
The National Cavy Club and the Southern Cavy Club have issued a Joint Statement regarding unexplained deaths of cavies in winter 2011/2012.
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