BRITISH CAVY COUNCIL

Chinchilla Guide Standard

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Standard of points

Update March 2015
Head, Eyes & Ears Head to be short and broad, with a gently curving profile.
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 and set with good width between.
Body Shape To have short, cobby body with good width across shoulders and body.
To be fit and of good substance, with plenty of firm flesh.
To have good size appropriate to age.
Ticking & Markings To have a long-ticked agouti pattern all over the body except for unticked white or cream markings in specific parts of the body, as defined below.
Ticking should be long and even in all but the marked areas.
Markings should be clearly defined and confined to ‘eye circles’, nostrils, jowls, chest, belly and an area around the forelimb extending from the belly.
Belly must be wide enough that it is just visible when the cavy is viewed from the side.
Feet to be ticked and should ideally match the body colour.
Colour Top colour to be of a muted, pastel shade produced by a combination of the desired long ticking and a pale base colour each showing through.
Belly should be of an unticked white or cream colour, as detailed below.
Base colour should be paler than on the corresponding Agouti, to be as light a shade as possible without losing the desired pigmentation of eyes, pads and ears.
Coat To be soft and silky, clean and short, groomed free of guard hairs.

NB: Any Full Standard for this breed is likely to be based on that for the Agouti or Argente in terms of points allocations.

Description of colours

Silver

Light grey base with long white ticking, white markings.
Eyes dark. Ears and Pads grey.

Lemon

Light grey base with long cream ticking, cream markings.
Eyes dark. Ears and Pads grey.

Cinnamon

Light chocolate base with long white ticking, white markings.
Eyes ruby. Ears and Pads pink / light chocolate.

Cream

Light chocolate base with long cream ticking, cream markings.
Eyes ruby. Ears and Pads pink / light chocolate.

Guidance notes

In judging Chinchillas the emphasis is on quality of ticking, clarity of markings and achievement of the desired colour, along with the requisite type and condition.

U/5 exhibits may be paler in colour than adult exhibits. This should not be undulky penalised as it may well clear as the cavy matures.

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

Grooming is essential to produce the effect of even ticking on the body and sides of the cavy.

Specific disqualifications

Specific faults

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