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Abyssinian Satin

Abyssinian Satin


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The American Cavy Breeders Association
Website: http://acbaonline.com
American Rabbit Breeders' Association
Website: https://www.arba.net
The British Cavy Council
Website: http://britishcavycouncil.org.uk

Scientific Name
Cavia porcellus
Life Expectancy
4-8 Years
Other Common Names
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Breed Appearance
The Aby Satin has the same appearance and standard as the Aby, only with the added beauty of the satin sheen. The satinization of the coat makes it harder to maintain the rough texture and in England is not desirable because the judges often frown on it's soft coat. It was recognized as the eighth official breed by the ARBA in January 1986.

Breed Standard - ACBA
The Abyssinian Satin cavy is a Satinized version of the Abyssinian.
-Like the Abyssinian, it is required to have a set pattern of rosettes and ridges.
-A minimum of eight rosettes present to be showable.
-The Abyssinian Satin is furthermore distinguished by the brilliant sheen, or "shininess" of it's coat.
-Abyssinian Satins often seem to sparkle as they move across a show table.


Behavior
Guinea pigs can learn complex paths to food, and can accurately remember a learned path for months. Their strongest problem solving strategy is motion. While guinea pigs can jump small obstacles, they are poor climbers, and are not particularly agile. They startle extremely easily, and will either freeze in place for long periods or run for cover with rapid, darting motions when they sense danger. Larger groups of startled guinea pigs will "stampede", running in haphazard directions as a means of confusing predators. When excited, guinea pigs may repeatedly perform little hops in the air (known as "popcorning"). They are also exceedingly good swimmers.


Summary
If handled correctly early in their life, guinea pigs become amenable to being picked up and carried, and seldom bite or scratch. They are timid explorers and often hesitate to attempt an escape from their cage even when an opportunity presents itself. Still, they show considerable curiosity when allowed to walk freely, especially in familiar and safe terrain. Guinea pigs that become familiar with their owner will whistle on the owner's approach; they will also learn to whistle in response to the rustling of plastic bags or the opening of refrigerator doors, where their food is most commonly stored.

Guinea pigs should be kept in pairs or, preferably groups, unless there is a specific medical condition that requires isolation. Lone guinea pigs are more likely to suffer from stress and depression. Domesticated guinea pigs come in many breeds, which have been developed since their introduction to Europe and North America. These varieties vary in hair and color composition. The most common varieties found in pet stores are the English shorthair (also known as the American), which have a short, smooth coat, and the Abyssinian, whose coat is ruffled with cowlicks, or rosettes. Also popular among breeders are the Peruvian and the Sheltie (or Silkie), both straight longhair breeds, and the Texel, a curly longhair.

Cavy Clubs and Associations dedicated to the showing and breeding of guinea pigs have been established worldwide. The American Cavy Breeders Association, an adjunct to the American Rabbit Breeders' Association, is the governing body in the United States and Canada. The British Cavy Council governs cavy clubs in the United Kingdom. Similar organizations exist in Australia (Australian National Cavy Council) and New Zealand (New Zealand Cavy Club). Each club publishes its own Standard of Perfection and determines which breeds are eligible for showing.


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