Head to be short and broad, with a gently curving profile. Muzzle to be of good width and gently rounded at the nostrils.
Eyes to be large, bright and bold and set with good width between. Ears to be large and drooping, with lower rim parallel to the ground and set with good width between. BODY SHAPE: 20 POINTS
To have short, cobby body with deep broad shoulders. To be fit and of good substance, with plenty of firm flesh. To have good size appropriate to age. TICKING: 30 POINTS
To have sharp, level ticking extending evenly over the head, body, chest and feet. Ticking on chest to be carried well down between the front legs. Feet to match body and chest. COLOUR: 20 POINTS
Top colour to be bright and lustrous and conform to Colour Description below. Under colour to be carried well down to the skin. Belly colour to be the same colour as the ticking colour but not ticked (to be tipped), even and with well-defined demarcation line; and to be as narrow as possible, although not at the expense of condition. COAT: 10 POINTS
To be soft & silky, clean and short, groomed free of guard hairs.
TOTAL: 100 POINTS
The Agouti is a dark-eyed ticked cavy in which the ticking covers the whole of the body other than the belly.
In judging Agouti’s, the emphasis must be on quality of ticking, colour, type and condition. Exhibits should not be unduly penalised for minor faults if they possess these qualities.
Size is very desirable, but not at the expense of cobbyness or quality.
Grooming is essential to producing an even effect on the body and sides of the cavy.
Chest faults are often accompanied by poor colour and, if this is the case, should be severely penalised.
Exhibits should not be penalised for wide belly unless the belly colour is visible when viewed from the side.
Dark or unticked feet, although these are faults, are preferable to light or uneven feet.
In u/5 exhibits a small degree of eye circles or some unevenness on feet should not be unduly penalised, as these faults may clear as the cavy matures.
SPECIFIC DISQUALIFICATIONS - None
Long in ticking, producing too light an appearance in body colour.
Circles of lighter ticking colour around the eye (‘Eye circles’).
Light streaks or patches on chest, body or sides.
Lightness on jowls.
Feet that are lighter or darker than the body colour or that are odd.
White or other odd coloured hairs, to be penalised according to quantity.