Teddy Breed Standard

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Standard of points

Updated November 2014
Head, Eyes & Ears Head to be short and broad, with a gently curving profile. 20
Muzzle to be of good width and rounded at the nostrils.
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; thick-set, with good width across shoulders. 15
To be fit and of good substance, with plenty of firm flesh covering shoulders.
To have good size appropriate to age.
Coat Appearance To have a short, raised coat of even length, with a definite lie from the rump towards the head. There should be a visible fringe (‘cap’) due to the forward orientation of the coat. 30
To appear dense and even all over the body, with no areas of flatness.
Guard hairs to be removed. Coat on the belly to be well-covered.
Coat length to be no more than 1.2 cm (0.5 inches) in length, with a shorter length preferable.
Coat Feel 35
of which
Density To have thick, dense coat all over the body. (15)
Bounciness To have a bouncy feel when brushed with the hand. (10)
Texture To To be plush but slightly harsh to the touch. (10)
To be clean and free from grease.

Description of colours

The following notes define the main colour groups and give guidance on the correct classes to enter when exhibiting:


The cavy must be totally of one colour. Any coloured hairs visible on the surface of the coat mean that it should be shown as Any Other Colour (AOC).
White Teddies that show colouring of hair on nose and feet similar to the Points on a Himalayan should be shown as AOC.


The cavy must be totally Agouti, although normal Agouti belly colour is allowed.
Cavies showing faults that occur in smooth Agoutis, such as eye circles, lightness on chest, solid feet or belly colour extending onto legs or body are still Agoutis.
Any patches of colour, no matter how small, mean that a cavy cannot be shown in this class.

Bicolour or Agouti Bicolour

A cavy that has solid patches of two colours or agouti and another colour.
Both colours should be clearly visible without disturbance of the coat.

Tricolour or Agouti Tricolour

A cavy that has a combination of white and any two other solid colours or of white, agouti and another solid colour.
All colours should be clearly visible without disturbance of the coat.


A cavy having roan colouration on any part of its body.


Any other Teddy cavy that does not fall in the above categories. This includes Teddy versions of other marked varieties such as Himalayan, Tan, Fox or Dalmation.

Guidance notes

The Teddy is a short-coated cavy with a rexoid-type coat that should appear raised from the body, lying with orientation from the rump towards the head. This should be particularly evident when the coat is gently brushed forward.

The forward lie of the coat should form a short fringe, or cap, on the head of the cavy.

The coat should be dense and even all over the body.

The coat should be plush but with a touch of harshness, having a bouncy feel when brushed with the palm of the hand.

The Teddy may be shown in any colour or combination of colours.

No points are awarded for colour or coat markings, although these may be used to divide Teddy classes at shows.

Specific disqualifications

  • Rosettes, partial rosettes

Specific faults

  • Extreme tendency for parting in centre of back
  • Coat length over 1.2cm (half an inch)
  • Flatness anywhere on body
  • Presence of guard hairs

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