BRITISH CAVY COUNCIL

Argente Breed Standard

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Standard of points

Points
Update June 2009
Head, Eyes & Ears Head to be short and broad, with a gently curving profile. 20
Muzzle to be of good width and 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.
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.
Coat Appearance Throughout the head, body, chest and feet the Argente should have individual hairs ticked with gold, lemon or white over a base colour of beige or lilac. 30
This should produce an shimmering, ‘shot silk’ effect that is even all over the body, including around the eyes and on the chest and feet.
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

(Descriptions state the ticking colour first)

Golden/Lilac

Deep lilac undercolour with golden ticking. Belly to be golden.
Eyes pink. Ears pink/lilac. Pads pink.

Golden/Beige

Deep beige undercolour with golden ticking. Belly to be golden.
Eyes pink. Ears pink/beige. Pads pink.

Lemon/Lilac

Deep lilac undercolour with lemon ticking. Belly to be lemon.
Eyes pink. Ears pink/lilac. Pads pink.

Lemon/Beige

Deep beige undercolour with lemon ticking. Belly to be lemon.
Eyes pink. Ears pink/beige. Pads pink.

White/Lilac

Deep lilac undercolour with white ticking. Belly to be white.
Eyes pink. Ears pink/lilac. Pads pink.

White/Beige

Deep beige undercolour with white ticking. Belly to be white.
Eyes pink. Ears pink/beige. Pads pink.

Guidance notes

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

In judging Argentes, the emphasis is 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

None

Specific faults

Circles of lighter ticking colour around the eye (‘Eye circles’).

Light streaks or patches on chest, body or sides.

Lightness on jowls.

Feet that are lighter or darker than the body colour, or that are odd.

Evidence of dark pigmentation on the ears.

White or other odd coloured hairs, to be penalised according to quantity.

Large patches of unticked hairs to be severely penalised.

Indistinct colours in either ticking or undercolour to be severely penalised.

Designed by Simon Neesam for the British Cavy Council © 2009