Brindle Guide Standard

Updated December 2016

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Standard of points

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, 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.
Markings To consist of an even intermixing of red and black hairs all over the body.
Black and red hairs should be in equal proportions, with no areas of distinct black or red colouration.
Colour Colours ideally to conform as nearly as possible to ESCC Standards, although slight variations from these should not be penalised so long as colour is rich, even, of glossy sheen and carried well down to the skin to avoid any appearance of flakiness.
Eye colour to be dark.
Coat To be soft, clean and groomed free of guard hairs.

Guidance notes

The Brindle cavy has red and black hairs intermingled all over the body, including the head and feet.

Brindles may be ‘dark’ (where there is an excess of black hairs over red), ‘light’, where there is an excess of red hairs over black, or 'medium', where the black and red hairs are present in equal quantities.

The ideal colour effect is medium; but evenness of brindling is far more important than the exact shade produced, so long as the darkness or lightness are not excessive.

Specific disqualifications

Specific faults


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