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The Dutch Cavy Breed Standard

 

Feature

Remarks

Points

Head, Eye & Ears

HEAD: Muzzle to be short and broad with gentle curving profile.

Muzzle to be of good width and rounded at the nostrils.

EYES: Eyes to be large, bright and bold and set with good distance between.

EARS:Ears to be large and drooping and set with good difference between

10

Body Shape

To have a short, cobby body with good width across shoulder.

To be fit and of good substance with plenty of firm flesh

To have good size appropriate to age

10

Markings of which

Blaze, Cheeks, Clean Neck & Ears.

BLAZE: Blaze to be an inverted 'V' of white coat, widest at the smellers (nostril and whisker bed) and narrowing to a point or narrow thin line between the ears.

CHEEKS:Cheeks to be rounded in shape following the jaw line but clear of the mouth and ideally should go as near as possible to the smellers without touching.

CLEAN NECK: Neck to be clean i.e. white and free from any extension of the cheek markings.

EARS: Ears to be sound i.e. the outside to be coloured with no flesh markings due to lack of pigmentation.

25

Saddle and Undercut

The saddle and undercut to be positioned midway between the neck and hips, to be cut in a straight line with the sides at right angles to the body. A higher cut (i.e. cut line nearer to the head) is preferable to a low slipping one (i.e. further back towards the hips).

20

Foot Stops

There must be two foot stops and these should be of the same length (balanced) and ideally being cut midway between the hock and the toe ends.

Each stop must have three white toenails and the white pigmentation on pad should not run to hock. Hairs covering the toes must be white.

15

Colour

Colour ideally to conform as near as possible to the English Self CC (ESCC) or National Agouti CC (NACC) standard although slight variations from these should not be penalised so long as colour is rich, even, of a glossy sheen and to be free from hairs of different colour (brindling or roaning or any patches), with the colour carried well down to skin to avoid an appearance of flakiness. Ear pigmentation to be appropriate to the breed colour.

15

Coat

To be soft, clean and groomed free of guard hairs.

5

 

Total: 100 Points
Points NOT IN BOLD PRINT refer to MARKINGS 60 points

Points IN BOLD PRINT refer to other attributes 40 points




IMPORTANT NOTICES FOR JUDGES AND EXHIBITORS

Comments

The DUTCH is a Self or Agouti coloured and White Cavy in which the areas of colour occur in a defined pattern on the cheeks and ears of the cavy and its entire rear half below a centre line across the back, with the exception of an area of white between the toe ends and the hocks (the foot stop).

The white colour defines a blaze on the head as well as a clean neck & the stops mentioned above. The blaze should an inverted 'V', separating the cheeks, meeting at a point or narrow thin line mid-way between the ears.


THE QUALITY OF THESE MARKINGS IS BY FAR THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT OF THE DUTCH

Dutch are now recognised in all full standard colours approved by the English Self Cavy Club and National Agouti Cavy Club. Excluding DE Golden & Self White.

These colours should conform as near as possible to English Self Cavy Club (ESCC) and National Agouti Cavy Club (NACC) requirements although Red Dutch can be lighter and Cream Dutch can be darker than ideal (Buff). With the exception of Creams and Cream Agoutis, colour should be as dark and as rich a shade as possible.

It is required that the Dutch cavy conforms to English Self coat requirements. Flesh marks on the ears, hocks or body are particularly undesirable and are to be penalised accordingly. Eye colour should be dark in all varieties except Lilac Dutch where it should be pink

In Agouti Dutch, eye circles are to be penalised, however it should be noted a small degree of eye circle should not be unduly penalised in a u/5s exhibit as these faults may clear as the cavy matures The belly colour to be as narrow as possible and dark enough to ensure that the demarcation line on the undercut can be clearly seen.


BREED SPECIFIC DISQUALIFICATIONS


Only one stop, no stops or stop(s) above the hock.

Coloured toenails.

N.B. A long stop that runs to the hock but not over should be penalised as a serious failing but this is not a disqualification only those that run over the hock are disqualified. Also stops that have a few hairs that cover the nails are to be penalised (very short toe stops) and not disqualified.


BREED SPECIFIC FAULTS

Flesh Marks

Flesh marks on the ear, hocks or body are particularly undesirable and are to be penalised accordingly

Long stops

A long stop that runs to but not over the hock should be penalised as a serious failing but not a disqualification

Very Short stops

Stops consisting only of a few hairs above the nails are to be penalised

Eye Circles

Eye circles in Agouti Dutch should be penalised. Slight evidence of eye circles should not be unduly penalised in an under 5 month exhibit as this fault may clear as the cavy matures

Brindling

Intermixing of a particular colour in areas of another colour e.g. red hairs in black

Roaning

Intermixing of white in areas of another colour


DISQUALIFICATIONS�APPLICABLE TO ALL BREEDS

Sows obviously in pig

Pregnant

Running Lice

Live lice normally light orange in colour

Broken skin

Wounds

Fatty eye

Fault to be visible without disturbance of the eye lid

Side Whisker

Tuft of hairs standing out from behind the ear

Rosettes in coat

Usually rounded in shape with hair radiating from a centre fault

Physical Abnormalities

Missing or badly damaged eyes, cataracts, bent leg, wry neck, missing toenails, extra toes of any kind,or any other gross physical deviations from the norm. N.B. neutered boars may be shown.


FAULTS APPLICABLE TO ALL BREEDS

Cysts

To be penalised according to the size

Hem in ears

To be penalised in accordance with the importance of the ears in this standard

Damaged ears

To be penalised in accordance with the importance of the ears in this standard and the extent of the damage

Static mite

Penalise according to the amount

Red flesh around eyes

In accordance with the importance of the eyes in the standard

Coat faults

Pronounced quiffs or swirls in the coat, including around eyes, on sides, on flanks and on belly. To be penalised according to extent

Breaks in coat

Loss of coat with out the skin being broken


CLARIFICATION OF WORDING

Muzzle

Projecting part of head including nose and mouth

Head Type

Broad nose with good muzzle rounded at the nostril

Cobby

Short compact body with deep shoulder

Smellers

Nostrils and whisker bed

Clean Neck

Cheek colour not to go beyond the neck going over the shoulder

Higher Cut

Saddle and undercut line is nearer to the head

Slipped Saddle

The saddle and undercut are near to the hips

Balanced Foot stops 

White stops are of the same length on each foot

Hock

Joint in hind leg (ankle area)