Cavy Colours

I think this has to be one of the things that most cavy owners struggle with - what colour is my piggy!?

This is an ongoing research page, but I will endeavor to compile as much information on the correct names for piggy colours as I can. If you read something here that you don't think is correct, please let me know (eleb2000@hotmail.com) and I'll correct it asap.

A fantastic (and much more thorough reference point) is found on Malibu Cavy Stud's Page here.
A basic guide to breeding for colour can be found here.
A pretty comprehensive guide to breeds/coat types can be found here (including breeds not found in Australia)

*** Please note that the vast majority of these images are not mine, but have been sourced from google***


Black Series: 



Chocolate
(rich, deep chocolate brown tones)




Lilac
(many shades of lilac, this is a lighter one)





Beige




Black





Slate






Red Series:
(Cream, Saffron, Buff, P/E Gold, D/E Gold and Red)



Gold




Red




Buff




Cream





Saffron





Agouti Types:
(for more info visit the National Agouti Cavy Club - UK)

Chocolate Agouti
(Chocolate base, red ticking)





Golden Agouti 
(Black base, red ticking)




Lemon Agouti
(black base, lemon/buff ticking)






Cinnamon Agouti
(chocolate base, silver ticking)





Silver Agouti
(Black base, silver ticking)




Cream Agouti
(Chocolate base, buff ticking)



(Slate base, Cream ticking)




?
(Black base, Buff ticking)




?
(Lilac base, white ticking)






Argente Types:
(For more info visit this Argente page)


White/Lilac




Gold/Beige






Lilac/gold (on a long-coated baby, 4 weeks old here)
Lilac base, gold tips





Cream/Beige





White/Beige





Whites:


P/E White
(pink-eyed white)




D/E White
(dark-eyed white)




P/E White Satin 
(Satin coat can be in any colour/coat length, it just shows up nicely in the whites. 
It is a genetic difference that produces a hollow hair fibre that appears to shine)



Mixed Colour Types:



Black Dalmation




Black Roan





Chocolate Roan




Red Roan





Harlequin 
(Cream/black half/half patchwork look)





Magpie
(Black/white, head half/half, markings divided in uniform patches down the body)




Brindle
(Red/Black) 





Other Marked Types:


Dutch
(This is the black version. Can be other colours so long as the markings are placed symmetrically with the white banding/blaise) 





Tortoiseshell 
(Black/Red. Clearly defined patches as opposed to the mixed colour of the 'brindle')





Tortoiseshell and White
(Black, Red and White - evenly place, clean patches of solid colour)







4 comments:

  1. I have a texel baby that was just born that looks like red and choc with some white on its belly, would it be a tortoiseshell and white. or does it have to be black and red

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