Long Coat

Posted by [email protected] on January 21, 2014 at 7:30 AM

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.

Categories: Breeds and Standards

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