BRITISH CAVY COUNCIL

Agouti Breed Standard

Updated December 2016

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Standard of points

Points
Update June 2009
Points
Head, Eyes & Ears Head to be short and broad, with a gently curving profile.
Muzzle to be of good width and gently rounded at the nostrils.
Eyes to be large, bright and bold and set with good width between.
Ears to be large and drooping, with lower rim parallel to the ground & set with good width between.
20
Body Shape To have short, cobby body with deep, broad shoulders. 20
To be fit and of good substance, with plenty of firm flesh.
To have good size appropriate to age.
Ticking To have sharp, level ticking extending evenly over the head, body, chest and feet. 30
Ticking on chest to be carried well down between the front legs.
Feet to match body and chest.
Colour Top colour to be bright and lustrous and conform with Descriptions below. 20
Undercolour to be carried well down to the skin.
Belly colour to be the same colour as the ticking colour but not ticked (to be tipped), even and with well-defined demarcation line; and to be as narrow as possible, although not at the expense of condition.
Coat To be soft & silky, clean and short, groomed free of guard hairs. 10
100

Description of colours

Golden

Deep black undercolour with dark golden ticking. Belly to be a rich mahogany and free from brassiness. Eyes dark. Ears and Pads black. Nails to match pad colour.

Silver

Deep black undercolour with silver ticking. Belly to be a rich silver and free from whiteness. Eyes dark with a hint of ruby. Ears and Pads black. Nails to match pad colour.

Lemon

Deep black undercolour with lemon ticking. Belly to be lemon. Eyes dark with a hint of ruby. Ears and Pads black. Nails to match pad colour.

Chocolate

Deep rich chocolate undercolour with orange ticking. Belly to be a rich orange. Eyes dark with a hint of ruby. Ears and Pads chocolate. Nails to match pad colour.

Cream

Deep rich chocolate undercolour with cream ticking. Belly to be cream. Eyes dark with a hint of ruby. Ears and Pads chocolate. Nails to match pad colour.

Cinnamon

Deep rich cinnamon (milk chocolate with pinky tinge) undercolour with silver ticking. Belly to be a rich silver and free from whiteness. Eyes dark with a hint of ruby. Ears and Pads cinnamon. Nails to match pad colour.

Guidance notes

The Agouti is a dark-eyed ticked cavy in which the ticking covers the whole of the body other than the belly.

In judging Agoutis, the emphasis must be on quality of ticking, colour, type and condition.

Exhibits should not be unduly penalised for minor faults if they possess these qualities.

Size is very desirable, but not at the expense of cobbyness or quality.

Grooming is essential to producing an even effect on the body and sides of the cavy.

Chest faults are often accompanied by poor colour and, if this is the case, should be severely penalised.

Exhibits should not be penalised for wide belly unless the belly colour is visible when viewed from the side.

Dark or unticked feet, although these are faults, are preferable to light or uneven feet.

In U/5 exhibits a small degree of eye circles or some unevenness on feet should not be unduly penalised, as these faults may clear as the cavy matures.

Specific disqualifications

Specific faults

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