LESSENTINE CAVY STUD
Tweed guinea Pigs (cavies) are unique in many ways. Some say they look like 'Wombats' others say they look like 'Ewoks' either way they definitely grab attention within the Cavy Fancy. Tweed Cavies are a new breed in NZ and recently achieved Full Pedigree Main Show Standards at Independent Cavy Clubs across NZ.
The following is an 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 mating's 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.
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3 TWEEDS BEING JUDGED AT AN INDEPENDENT CAVY CLUB SHOW in 2021
Tweed named Sheldon with his friend.
LESSENTINE SPROK - OWNED BY MAMAKU AND TINTOLA CAVY STUDS
CHAMPION LESSENTINE MEGAN - FIRST TWEED TO BECOME A CHAMPION!
The satin standard to be 30% for satinisation and the rest equally divided as usual.
Tweeds MAIN SHOW STANDARDs
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
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