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Guinea pig breeds: colors and markings

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Colors and markings

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Agouti   

  • Short, silky hair, interspersed with a second color throughout coat.
  • Flecked appearance.
  • Colors including golden, silver, cinnamon, lemon, cream, chocolate.

Albino

  • All white with pink eyes.

Belted

  • Smooth black coat with a belt of white circling  the body just behind the shoulders and incorporating the front legs and feet.

Bicolor

  • Smooth coat with a two colored chequered pattern of square patches running the length of the top and underside of the body.

Brindle

  • Intermingling of two colors; one dark and one light color, appearing consistently over the body.

Dalmation

  • White body interspersed with black spotting.

Dutch

  • Self or agouti coloring on most of their bodies, white 'saddle' across the back and a white 'blaze' running from forehead down to the nose.

Harlequin

  • Mostly black with little bands of white or orange, usually with solid colors on the face fading to more mixed color bands on the abdomen and rump.

Himalayan

  • White, silky coat.
  • Black or chocolate ears, nose, feet.

Roan

  • Similar to agouti, but body is colored, interspersed with white hairs; solid color on head and feet.
  • Originally black, but now seen in different colors.
  • These guinea pigs shouldn't be bred roan to roan as they can produce deformed offspring.

Satin

  • Satin variations have a coat with hollow hair shafts which allows light to pass through them; this produces the characteristic 'glossy' coat.
  • The coat has a unique sheen, is fine and silky.
  • Seen in any color.

Self   

  • Smooth coated.
  • Coat all one color including black, white, red, beige, chocolate, cream, lilac, blue, golden.

Silver 

  • Dark colored coat interspersed with silver hairs.

Tortoiseshell

  • Smooth coated.
  • Bicolored (black, red) or tricolored (black, red and white).
  • Markings similar to tortoiseshell cat.

Tricolored       

  • Smooth coated.
  • Colors seen including black, red and white, or chocolate, red and white varieties.

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