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 matings 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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TINTOLA SPRINKLE - 2 MONTHS OLD
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