BRITISH CAVY COUNCIL

Frequently Asked Questions

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How can I find out more about the activities of the Cavy Fancy and when shows are held?

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The best way is to subscribe to the monthly magazine, ‘CAVIES’. You can email CAVIES at email or visit the CAVIES website for more information and subscription rates. This excellent publication includes details of clubs and shows in your area along with indepth articles and much more.

You can also find out more about the cavy fancy, and view a library of articles about cavies, by visiting the main British Cavy Council website.

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Do I need to be a member of a cavy club in order to enter my cavies in a show?

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No, you may enter your cavies without being a member of any club. However, most trophies are only awarded to club members. You will need to join a club to partake in any points competition, or to claim championships.

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What is the best breed to keep for showing?

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Although some breeds may win more Best in Shows than others, any prospective fancier should visit local shows and get to see as many breeds ‘in the flesh’ as possible before deciding what breed to keep. The decision should be based on the individual’s personal likes rather than success rates on the show table. Remember, shows only occur at weekends whilst the stud at home will be viewed 24/7 and needs to be the owner’s first choice and preference if they are going to please.

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Once I’ve decided on my breed, how much will a good breeding trio of cavies cost?

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One could equally ask: “How long is a piece of string?” It may depend on the quality of stock involved but also very much on the individual (seller) concerned and their circumstances. As a rough guide one should be able to acquire a reasonable breeding trio for £30.00 to £45.00. Others may well ask for more or less and be influenced by the genuineness of the enquiry and if the purchaser is already a Breed Club member.

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Once I’ve decided on what breed I want to keep, how can I find out more about breeders and the quality of their stock?

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The best way to find out more about the breed of your choice is to join the relevant Specialist Breed Club and check out the adverts in the latest handbook than is produced free to all members. Also, subscribe to the ‘CAVIES’ magazine (details above) and scan the show reports to see who is currently enjoying success in your area.

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How can I be sure I am buying good quality, healthy cavies?

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It is suggested that you endeavour to purchase stock from a reliable breeder and treat some websites with caution. The relevant Breed Club is always a good starting point for sound advice on possible sources of stock. Whenever possible, a visit to the seller‘s premises will serve to allay any concerns on stock management and the quality within the stud. Stock purchased should always be clean and healthy; anything less should be refused.

Golden Agouti

Golden Agouti

Self White

Self White

Satin

Satin

Solid Agouti

Cinnamon Solid Agouti

Rex

Rex

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