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2005 Report

 To Take Effect from September 2005
and is fully incorporated in the latest Standard Book

Item 1

Objective:        That the SRP investigate the correct nomenclature for the breed name Tortoise and White.
The name used by the Tortoise and White club in the UK is Tortoise and White.  It is common and accepted practice in the UK to use the terms TW’s, tort-whites, torties, but under no circumstances Tortoiseshell and White. 

Recommendation:       that the term Tortoise & White be accepted and used in all descriptions of the breed when used on any official club Show Schedule within Australia and that the following list be acceptable terms for use in everyday conversation when referring to this breed

         Tort-whites &


Item 2

Objective:        SRP review the following amendments made to the Dutch standard in the UK.


Feet: Feet stops must not go around the hocks and are necessary on both feet.  The ideal stop should be halfway between the hock and the toe ends.  The minimum requirement for a stop is that the toes be covered with white hairs and carry three white toenails. 


One stop, no stops or stop(s) above the hock.  Any coloured toenails.

Recommendation:       The view of the SRP is that a disqualification for dark nails is too harsh, given the status of the breed in Australia and that the amendment to the Remarks, Disqualification and Faults sections be accepted as follows:


Feet: Feet stops must not go around the hocks and are necessary on both feet.  The ideal stop should be halfway between the hock and the toe ends.  The minimum requirement for a stop is that the toes be covered with white hairs.  


One stop, no stops or stop(s) above the hock. 

Faults: any coloured toenails.


Item 3

Objective:        In the Satin AOV standard, under faults the phrase  “ with the exception of the Rex, Abyssinian and Sheba Mini Yak” be added after the words ‘harsh texture’.

After much discussion this amendment was viewed as an acceptable one for the time being, while the full effects of the satin gene on AOV breeds are being explored.  The SRP suggests holding over any permanent change to the standard until more satin coarse coats have been bred and examined by judges.   Because these breeds are relatively new and we do not understand the full effects of the satin gene on coarse coats we believe it is sensible to observe the interactions more before making any permanent change to the standards.

In this way the Panel can try to avoid being intuitive about how the satin gene works with coarse coats, and can gather experiences from what is presented on the table, in the absence of any information from the UK.

Recommendation:       that the AOV Satin standard read:

Faults: Woolly or sparse coat, lack of sheen and harsh texture (with the exception of the Rex, Abyssinian and Sheba Mini Yak).

Coat:  to reflect the coat qualities of the base breed


Item 4

Objective:        Review the new Satin Standard in UK.

The standard for Self Satins was changed at the April meeting of the British Cavy Council (BCC). The panel found the proposed BCC standard to be inconsistent with all other satin standards.

Recommendation:       that all satin standards be uniform, with 30 points allocated for satinisation and the remaining points being reduced pro rata.

The standard for the self satin to read:

Satinisation                   30
Colour                            21
Type                              18
Coat                              10

Ears                                7
Eyes                                7
Presentation                     7

Total                              100


Head and Body: Head to be short with a broad roman nose with a good width of muzzle and rounded at the nostrils.  Body to be short and cobby with very deep broad shoulders, firm, fit and of a good size appropriate to age.
Eye and Ears: Eyes to be large, and bold.  Ears to be rose petal shaped, drooping and set with good width between.

Coat: Coat to be short, fine, silky and well groomed.
Satinisation: Due to the clarity of the glass like hair shell and its ability to reflect light, the Satin cavy has a distinct sheen on its coat, and this should be pronounced on all body areas.  To assess the degree and quality of the sheen, judges should handle the cavy in such a way that the coat ‘catches the light’ to its fullest advantage.
Colour: Any self colour but must be even throughout, although allowance should be made that the shorter hair on the face may make the colour appear darker than the body.  Undercolour should be carried down to the skin.   Colour and pigmentation to conform to a recognised ANCC self colour.
Condition: Must be fit clean and firm to handle.


Item 5

Objective:       that in the Texel & English Merino standard under Features description – Coat Quality, the sentence to be changed to read   Coat is crimped, soft & springy to handle, ……..”


that in the Alpaca standard under Features description – Coat Quality, the sentence to be changed to read  Coat is curly, soft & springy to handle, ……..”

Discussion led to agreement that all of these breeds have the same basic coat qualities.  Younger stock do have a curly appearance in their undercoat, but that changes as the coat grows longer and is unable to maintain the curl. Adults only retain curl in the undercoat and belly.

Recommendation:       that as all three breeds have the same coat qualities, that the Features Description – Coat Quality in all three standards read:

‘coat is soft and springy to handle, clearly showing rexoid characteristics, be free flowing, shown clean and unmatted’.


Item 6

Objective:         Faults - Longhairs

To read  “Trimming of longhairs to be penalised at the judges discretion. Length to be in keeping with its age  (average of 1’’ (2.5cm) per month).

Recommendation:       that the sentence “Length to be in keeping with its age (average of 1’’ (2.5cm) per month” be added as suggested above.


Item 7

Objective:        Progress Review of the Sheba Mini Yak

The discussion around a Working Title for the Sheba Mini Yak is continuing.  At this point there has not been sufficient discussion around the major issues affecting the breed (coat length, erect habit of the coat, genotype). Discussion with interested fanciers will continue, with the SMY to be exhibited from now on in the Unstandardised class with a working title to allow judges to examine the animals as breeders work with the SRP.

Recommendation:      that the Sheba Mini Yak be moved to Working Title status as recommended in the 2004 Standards Review Panel report.


Current Business

     An application for a Working Title for the Pink Eyed Cream submitted by breeders been received and accepted for review

     Ridgeback Working Title.A group of Western Australian Breeders have informed the SRP that they are also working on this breed.


Addendum to the 2005 Report


Guidelines for the Self Cream Pink Eyed

Feature                                     Description

Colour                                       Top colour to be lustrous and of even shade all over the head and body. Under colour to match top colour down to the skin giving an appearance free from flakiness. Hair on feet to match body colour.

Type                                         Broad roman nose with good width of muzzle rounded at the nostrils, short and cobby body with deep broad shoulders.

Coat                                          To be short and silky with a glossy sheen.

Ears                                          Rose petal shape set wide apart, large and drooping.

Eyes                                          Large and bold.

Presentation                             (ie Condition cleanliness and grooming).


Should be a pale even colour, free from lemon or yellow tinge.  Eyes pink. Ears pink/cream pads flesh pink.

As per Self standard.

As per Self standard.



Guidelines for the Australian Sheba.

The Australian Sheba is not to be thought of as the Sheba Mini Yak developed by Wynne Eecen in the 1970’s. You should treat the Australian Sheba as a NEW VARIETY for submission to the A.N.C.C. Standard Review Panel. Please read notes below and included working standard to gain a detailed overview of this new variety.

The Australian Sheba is ideally a longhaired rosetted cavy. Its coat will grow continually. It will be suitably rosetted similar to the Abyssinian with as many extra rosettes as possible placed evenly over the cavy. Having a wealth and depth of strong lustrous coat will also give maximum lift to coats, presenting a dishevelled appearance.

From a breeding and genetic perspective, the Australian Sheba is a longhaired Abyssinian with a genotype of RRmmll. RRmm being the genotype for the Abyssinian and combined with ll will present the cavy with full length of coat growth.

Incidentally, Peruvians are of this same genotype, as were the original Sheba Mini Yaks by Wynne Eecen. RR presents as rough coat and reversed hair in both Abyssinians and Peruvians. Rough does not however translate as coarse hair as in a kinked Rex coat, as an individual Abyssinian hair is soft like a smoothcoat. In the Abyssinian, ridges present the impression of harshness along with a strong, lustrous coat.

It is the strong, lustrous coat that is inherited by the Australian Sheba. The harsh coat is lost by coat length, and like the Peruvian with the same genotype, can range from coarse to silky in texture. In the Australian Sheba we aim for a strong coat, but do not require a harsh texture, as mentioned this is lost with coat length. The coat should ideally be a wealth and depth of strong, lustrous coat.

The Australian Sheba will also have a continual length of coat growth, as with other longhairs, slowing as the animal ages. This is easily attainable. Cavies of slower coat growth should not be unduly penalised, as long as an impression of lift is given on presentation. Flatness of coat is to be penalised, however cavies with good density should have good lift if all rosettes are present.

These cavies are to be presented in a natural rosetted state, and clean. Wrapping and regular bathing will be required to keep the coat in its best condition. In full adult coat, an Australian Sheba should present itself as a mass of lustrous whorled coat standing away from the body and free of staining and tangles.


Proposed Working Standard (Revision 1.0)

Proposed Name: The Australian Sheba

Feature                                     Description

Coat Quality                              To be a wealth and depth of lustrous, strong coat. The coat should have sufficient density and strength to give lift around rosettes, presenting a dishevelled appearance. Length to be in keeping with age, though slower rates of coat growth not to be unduly penalised.

Head Furnishings & Fringe      Head furnishings to consist of Mutton Chops, Mane and Fringe. Mutton Chops should be strong and                                                   extend outward from the face and be equal in length. The hair constituting the Fringe should
                                                originate from the shoulders and back of neck, and should be presented in a dishevelled manner and
                                                with lift, away from the head and face. The Mane should stand erect and aid in pushing the fringe

Rosettes                                    Should be clear and distinct from each other and radiate from a pin point centre. They should be placed evenly all over the cavy with as many as possible to provide maximum lift.

Shape & Size                            Thickset, cobby, broad at the shoulders and large throughout.

Eyes & Ears                               Eyes large, bright & bold. Ears large and drooping.

Condition                                  Flesh firm and hard when handled, and clean.

Presentation                             To be presented in a natural rosetted state and without a parting, clean and with undamaged ends to the hair.



The coat should be sufficiently strong and dense to prevent an impression of flatness.

The coat should stand away from the body at the rosettes.

The mane is an extension of the Abyssinian feature, and therefore should be erect and pushing hair upwards towards the centre of the neck. Manes which lack this quality should be penalised.

In exhibits with good density the rosettes may not be visible due to presentation, this is not a fault.

The Fringe should be presented to one side of the head, so as not to cover  the face,

• Flatness anywhere.

• Fringes that cover the face completely.
• Open rosette centres, lack of rosettes.

As listed under Faults & Disqualifications at start of handbook.



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