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WODAC Show 2014 Winners

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Well done to Sunday's SACC WODAC Show 2014 Winners! They are:

Best in Show: Sumnertime Pixie (Sheltie owned by Lucinda Blackbeard, bred by Anita Duff)

Reserve Best in Show: Sumnertime Zendaya (Agouti Self Smooth Coat owned and bred by Anita Duff)

BOB Peruvian: Manufeek Vanita Fair

RBOB Peruvian: Frank's Agouti

BOB Sheltie: Sumnertime Pixie

RBOB Sheltie: Manufeek Honey

BOB Texel: Sumnertime Goldie

BOB Crested: Pico Calamity

RBOB Crested: Sumnertime Gizelle

BOB Rex: Whimsical Emma

RBOB Rex: Sumnertime Molly

BOB Abysinian: Blue Boy Jnr

BOB Lakeland: Sumnertime Blakeline

RBOB Lakeland: Sumnertime Aurora

BOB Smooth Coat: Sumnertime Zendaya

RBOB Smooth Coat: Sumnertime Dark Night

BOB Ridgeback: Forest Ridge Ebony

RBOB Ridgeback: Forest Ridge Brigette

BOB Sheba Mini Yak: Monique Chocolate

BOB Skinny: Mamuts Nero

RBOB Skinny: Mamuts Snickers

Thanks to our 4 judges, Anita Duff, Michelle Hitchens, Ronel Pienaar and Louise Pienaar, for doing such an excellent job in all the chaos of the expo!

Smooth Coat

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The three smooth coated cavy breeds are named for their short, smooth coat. The coat should be full, smooth, of consistent short length, and have good "fall", i.e. return smoothly to normal in an instant when brushed back.

Both crestless and crested smooth coated breeds are bred and shown in all colours and patterns, for instance self, Dalmatian, Himalayan, Tortoiseshell, Roan, Magpie, etc.


The short coated cavy - often called the American or English - has consistently short hair without any rosettes. This breed of cavy most resembles the species' relatives and ancestors in the Cavia genus.


The Ridgeback is a rare breed with a smooth short coat, with a lengthwise ridge on its back. The ridge should ideally be long, regular, straight and stand up without much trimming without breaking down at any point. It should run from the neck to the rump. Ridgeback cavies as well as non-ridged carriers of the genetics both have so called tufty feet, with the hair on the hind feet growing "the wrong way", upwards on the leg. Ridgeback cavies sometimes have rosettes on the body, which is considered a fault.

The Ridgeback is a recognized breed in the UK and is show under the guidance of the Rare Varieties cavy club and is also recognized as a Rare Variety in Sweden.

Long Coat

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The long coated cavy breeds show the characteristic of a notably long coat. Their breed standards opt for a long coat of consistent quality, and general conformation and colour quality are secondary to this, although not ignored. All long coated breeds are shown in two divisions: unclipped and clipped. Unclipped cavies are generally pups or young adults, as keeping the coat in its maximum length and full quality is very challenging for the owner, and may be stressful for the animal. Once a long coated cavy has had its hair cut down for any measure, and for any reason, it enters the clipped division permanently.


A Sheltie has long, smooth coat that flows back over the body. A Sheltie must never have any rosettes or any hair growing in a direction towards its face. Its coat should not have a part. When viewed from above, a Sheltie and its coat forms a teardrop shape. The coat is generally accepted to have a somewhat longer sweep of hair in the rear.



The Peruvian resembles the Silkie with its smooth coat, but has a prominent "forelock" resulting from a portion of its coat on the head and the neck growing forward on the body.


A Texel has a long coat flowing back over the body like with a Silkie's, with the difference that the coat is curly. Originating from England, the Texel was officially recognized as a breed by the ACBA in 1998. According to the US standard, the curls should ideally be tightly wound corkscrew curls and should cover the entire body, including the stomach. A lengthwise part in the coat is acceptable. However, the original standard from England, where the breed originated, states, that the texel is the rexoid equivalent of the sheltie, and therefor, the texel should be combed out the same way you would comb out a sheltie, though still show a rexoid appearance.


The Alpaca resembles a Peruvian with a "forelock", but it has curly coat.


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Few varieties of hairless Guinea pig exist, the most prevalent breeds being the Skinny pig and the Baldwin. They are two separate breeds, with different genetic factors rendering them hairless. Hairless cavies in general need warmer accommodation and more energy-rich food to compensate for the loss of body heat. They are also susceptible to draught, drying of the skin, and skin infections without careful husbandry.


The Skinny Pig is an almost hairless breed of Guinea pig. Skinny pigs typically have hair on their muzzles, feet, and legs, but are hairless over the remainder of their bodies. Some of them have a thin covering of fuzzy hair on their backs as well. A healthy Skinny has skin that is mostly smooth with some wrinkling around the legs and neck, the body is full with no appearance of spine or ribs. Skinnies can come in a variety of colours and patterns, such as Dutch, Tortoiseshell, Himalayan and many others. "Skinny" is not a synonym for all hairless guinea pigs, but refers to this specific breed.

The modern Skinny Pig breed originated with a cross between haired guinea pigs and a hairless lab strain. The hairless strain that it is most likely related to was a spontaneous genetic mutation that was first identified at Montreal's Institute Armand Frappier in 1978, in a colony of Hartley lab guinea pigs. In 1982 they were sent to Charles River Laboratories to be bred for laboratory use and are commonly used in dermatology studies today. They are an outbred strain that has an intact thymus and normal immune system.

Hairless guinea pigs are not significantly physiologically different than regular haired guinea pigs, although they may need to eat slightly more to maintain body heat. The optimal temperature range for a hairless guinea pig is 75 to 79 °F (24 to 26 °C), which is slightly higher than the optimal temperature range for the haired guinea pig.

Their sensitive skin has very much the same appearance as human skin, but has the same needs as normal guinea pig skin. Exposed skin is vulnerable to injuries and fungal infections unless precautions are taken. Skinnies are housed indoors and they are usually kept with nesting materials such as a blanket or cloth bag for heat conservation. The breeding protocol for Skinnies requires out crossing to haired carriers at least every other generation. This is an important step in the breeding process, which makes them a poor choice for novice breeders. Skinnies are born nearly hairless and develop more hair as they mature, they can have varying degrees of hairlessness at different life stages. Haired Skinny carriers remain haired their entire life but carry the hairless gene. Even though the Skinny is a relatively new breed among pet owners and cavy fanciers, it is gaining popularity in Canada, Europe, Scandinavia, and Russia as well as in the United States where it was introduced in the late 1990s.

Rough Coat

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A Rex has short, rough hair that stands on end all over the body. The hair should be of uniform length and texture all over, and no more than 1 1⁄4 cm in length, preferably shorter. The Rex resembles the Teddy but the similar coats of the two breeds are result from separate genetic factors.


The Abyssinian has a short, rough coat with a total of eight rosettes on its shoulders, sides, back, and backside. The derivation of the breed's name is unknown, but does not connote an origin in the geographical region of Abyssinia (present day Ethiopia).

The ideal Abyssinian's rosettes are all well-formed: fully formed with tight centres without hairs sticking out. They should be located symmetrically, one on each shoulder, four across the back, one on each of the hips, and two on the rump. The ridges between two rosettes should ideally stand rigidly straight, without breaking down onto either side even if pressed down lightly with the palm of a hand. All colours and patterns are accepted, although some colourations are much more common than others.

Some judging bodies, consider shoulder rosettes optional but desired in show Abyssinians.


A Teddy has a short, rough, very dense and springy coat that stands up all over the body. The hair typically grows to a moderate length and generally makes this breed resemble a soft toy more than any other. Another unique feature of the Teddies in the USA is the relatively long hair coating their bellies. The Teddy resembles the Rex but the similar coats of the two breeds are result from separate genetic factors.