Solid Satin Breed Standard

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Standard of points

Update June 2009
Head, Eyes & Ears Roman nose with good width of muzzle, squared off at the end but rounded at the corners. 25
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 & set with good width between.
Body Shape To have short, cobby body with very deep, broad shoulders. Broad in body. 20
To be fit and of good substance, with plenty of firm flesh.
To have good size appropriate to age.
Satinisation To show a distinct satin sheen that is pronounced and even on all body areas, able to 'catch' and reflect any light that is directed towards the coat. 30
Colour To be of any solid colour, but to be even all over the body, although allowance must 15
be made for the fact that shorter hair on the face and feet will reflect light differently and make colour appear darker than on the body.
Undercolour to be carried well down to the skin.
Pigmentation on ears, feet and nostrils to match body colour.
Coat To be soft & silky, clean and short, groomed free of guard hairs. 10


Any solid colour is allowed, with any eye colour.

Guidance notes

The Solid Satin is a solid-coloured cavy with a satinised coat, satinisation being due to hollow hair shafts in the coat. The satin sheen of the coat is of great importance.

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.

Satinisation imparts an extra intensity to any colour, so that exact compliance with shades in other varieties should not be expected.

Specific disqualifications

Specific faults

Nonself Satins

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Satins may be exhibited in any of the following Non-Self varieties:

In all cases, other than for Satin Cresteds, the Standard will consist of 30 points for Satinisation, defined as for the Solid Satin, and 70% of the points for the corresponding Non-Self variety.

For Satin Cresteds the Standard will consist of 30 points for Satinisation, defined as for the Solid Satin, 20 points for crest (formation) and 50% of the points for the corresponding Crested variety (including crest colour on American Cresteds).

However, where the corresponding Breed Standard refers to ESCC colours, in the case of the Satin this will be taken to mean ‘Any Solid Colour’.

This means that Cresteds in Guide Standard solid colours are fully standardised in their Satin versions.

The same Guidance notes as for Solid Satins apply, as do any Guidance notes, Specific Faults and Specific Disqualifications for the corresponding variety.

Satin Other Varieties

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Satin versions of smooth short-coated Guide Standard cavies will be regarded as having a Guide Standard, this comprising the same features as for the corresponding Guide Standard cavy, plus satinisation, which should conform to the requirements laid down in the Standard for the Solid Satin.

N.B. This does not apply to satin versions of GS cavies of solid colour, which are fully-standardised Satin Solids.

Because satinisation affects coat quality in a fundamental way, due to the hollow hair shafts of the satin coat:
Satin versions of Standardised Coated varieties such as Abyssinian, Rex and all Longhairs (but not short-coated Cresteds) will be recognised as and exhibited in Guide Standard classes only, until specific requirements for such cavies can be defined, taking into account the effect of satinisation on the normal coat qualities.

Satinised versions of Guide Standard Coated breeds (e.g. Teddy) are not recognised as having a Guide Standard.

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