Explanation from their Creator here in NZ - Christa Krey - the gene arrived with my first import of Satin cavies in 1985, though hidden as these were solid gold in colour.  After matings with other colours the gene appeared in chocolate-gold-white tricolours, but only affected the chocolate colour, not the gold or white.  It seemed to be a sub-gene of chocolate (NOT a lethal gene like Roan and Dalmatian), expressing itself as an even mixture of chocolate and white hairs. Not unlike grizzling in some chocolate cavies that usually disappears when the cavy grows.  However this gene did actually express itself better as the cavy grew and did not disappear over time.  It looked rather attractive and I decided to try for a cavy in this, in an overall uniform version.  After many years breeding the gene through all available colours (the only out-cross is self chocolate, I now know) and many set-backs I have finally reached the point where I have some animals good enough to present for a provisional standard.  I have decided to call them Tweeds as the overall effect is that of Tweed material, an even intermingling of chocolate and white hairs all over body and head. The ears and foot pads are chocolate, eyes dark and rimmed in chocolate (what would be called eye circles in Agoutis). The nose and lips are chocolate and surrounded by a small self coloured patch.  The rest of the cavy is uniformly tweed. They look rather nice in Satin and comes in lighter and darker.

Tweed Cavy with flowers

Bred and Owned by Lessentine Stud

Tweed Cavy in basket

Tintola Sprinkle

Tweed baby cavy

LESSENTINE SPROK - Owned by Mamaku and Tintola Cavy Studs

Tweed Cavy Dark sow


Tweed Cavy dark boar


The satin standard to be 30% for satinisation and the rest equally divided as usual.


COLOUR:             even inter mingling of chocolate and white hairs                                                 35

HEAD:                   broad Roman nose with good width of muzzle, rounded at the nostrils        15

BODY:                   short, cobby with broad shoulders and firm flesh                                                25

EARS:                    chocolate, rose petal shaped and slightly drooping                                                5

EYES:                     bold and ringed with a self chocolate coloured eye circle                                     5

FEET:                     tweed pattern on top, pads chocolate                                                                        5

PRESENTATION: condition and grooming                                                                                               10

FAULTS:                any gold or white patches or gold hairs, fur faults.                                          = 100

b1road roman ver                                                   35

Tweed Cavy with flowers again

Bred and Owned by Lessentine Stud

Tweed rex dark cavy

Bred and Owned by Lessentine Stud

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