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.

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.