New Zealand Unique and Rare Guinea Pigs is a cavy club that exists to protect our NZ-created pedigree guinea pig (cavy) breeds.

Our unique breeds were created in recent years and back in the 1970's, with breeds originated by talented New Zealand Cavy Judges (NZCJA Judges).  New Zealand is home to five unique pedigree breeds, and they need our support!

Connected with Independent Cavy Clubs, members are continuing to exhibit our unique breeds and aiming for success in pedigree main shows.  Independent Cavy Clubs are the only clubs that continues to recognize our NZ-created pedigree guinea pigs and support exhibitors who wish to breed and show them.  We are the only cavy clubs if you want to see a unique cavy breed or exhibit one.  Our unique breeds should always be exhibited at shows in our own country, and not to be excluded and forgotten about.  All exhibitors have the same goals, we all aim for success on the show bench and enjoy our journey there with our special guinea pigs.

Each unique pedigree breed has its own page which includes photos and facts.

Show your support by joining our private Facebook Group as we get even closer to 200 members.  A community for everyone interested in the breeds and a great place for advice, photos, show results and to connect with exhibitors and Independent Cavy Clubs.

New Zealand's Unique and Rare Pedigree Guinea Pig Breeds

New Zealand Plumes

Roughcoat pedigree breed created in the 1970's, NZ Plumes are rare however popularity has again increased recently with more members focusing on this exclusive breed.  New Zealand Plumes are quite spectacular with their "mohawk" like ridge running down their back with a cascading tail of hair. 


Created in the 1970's and are very striking with their white coats, black eyes, ears and feet.  Extremely rare unique breed and are desperately needing help to make a comeback.  We do have a couple of members starting to work on this breed so watch this space.


This unique breed is unusual that it's hard to look away! With their ruffles and rosettes and reverse growing hair! There are no known exhibitor working on this breed.


Some say they look like 'Wombats'; others say they look like 'Ewoks'.  Either way, they definitely grab attention within the cavy fancy.  With an even mixture of chocolate and white hair and named after the tweed material, Tweeds are New Zealand's latest unique breed with full pedigree show standards.

New Zealand Peruvian Cavy Breed

New Zealand Peruvians

New Zealand's pedigree Longhair breed created in the 1970's.  With their hair falling from a full circle on their back rather than a parting line.  A true unique longhair breed unlike any others and the breed had a monumental year achieving 'Reserve in Show' at The Nationwide Cavy Show 2022.

Dark Eyed Whites

Rare breed and is not exclusive to us.  Independent Cavy Club members successfully focussing with this breed and exhibiting them in shows again after numbers declined.  They have pure snow-white coats with dark eyes and look quite remarkable. 

Support New Zealand's Unique Guinea Pigs with Independent Cavy Clubs

Please support our unique pedigree guinea pigs (cavies) by finding an Independent Cavy Club near you.   Independent Cavy Clubs are the only clubs that continues to recognize New Zealand's unique cavy breeds.  Please support our breeds by coming to our shows for a chance to see them being exhibited and chatting with exhibitors.

There are several shows happening across the country throughout the year that includes Pedigree Shows and Pet Shows.  Feel free to become a member.

Independent Cavy Clubs show locations include Rangiora, Wellington, Levin, New Plymouth, Hamilton and Whangarei.  We also hold our big 'The Nationwide Cavy Show' annually in one of the locations.

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