Abyssinian Guinea Pig Standard

Rosettes – 20 points
Combs – 20 points
Wool – 20 points
Body shape and size – 10 points
Head and mane jewelry – 15 points
Color – 5 points
Eyes and ears – 5 points
Condition – 5 points

Total: 100 points

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Should be straight and upright, should not fall or bend. Their location is as follows: 

  • the middle (middle) ridge (center ridge), running along the body from the collar to the back of the body; 
  • two side ridges running parallel to the median ridge on each side of the body;
  • collar ridge, going over the shoulders and turning into the median ridge at the right angle; 
  • back ridge, running through the thighs and back, parallel to the collar. 


The combs should be positioned so that the pig looks very neat and tidy. 

Should be well formed, of good depth, with a center that should be as small as possible. 

They are located on the entire surface of the body, and each rosette must be clear and distinct from the other. The location of the rosettes should be as follows: four rosettes along the body, forming saddle rosettes and side rosettes, hip rosettes, one on each side, located in one line, and two on the sacrum (rump rosettes), shaped like a thumb. Arbitrary rosette on the shoulders. 

Should be thick and voluminous, coarse. The length should not exceed 4 cm. 

Body Shape and Size:
Well-built, stocky, with broad shoulders and front. 

Head decoration and mane: The 
mane is stiff and erect. The head is well decorated with hair, with a mustache. 

Clean and bright, shiny. 

Eyes and Ears: The 
eyes are large, clear and prominent. The ears are large and lowered. 

When the pig is picked  up, a firmly knit elastic body should be felt. The mumps must be clean and healthy. 

Disadvantages according to importance:


  • Smooth reclining rosettes, especially on the back, smooth sides or collar.
  • Weak, thin or curled ridges.
  • Double or split rosettes, wide center rosettes, twisted or grooved rosettes on the sacrum.
  • Lack of fingernails or dewclaws.


Disqualifying faults: lickers. Violations of the coat. 


Guide for judges and exhibitors

The overall impression is the most important


Abyssinian pigs should be tightly knit with a tough, thick coat, due to which spectacular erect combs appear, which form a pattern similar to that of a checkerboard.

Abyssinian pigs look very compact due to the upright collar between the shoulders and the posterior ridge located between the thigh bones. This gives the animal a compact appearance with deep cup-shaped center rosettes.

The head is enlarged by a thick mane and mustache, which is formed by hair growing in the opposite direction on the chin and hair that interferes with hair growing from the nose. Rosettes on the shoulders are optional but may enhance the appearance if present.

The omission of the centers of the two rosettes on the sacrum is usually 2/3 of the length of the sacrum, but they should not be too low.

A forked or broken socket should not be severely penalized in the presence of other other merit. The open center of the rosettes is often incorrectly punished in dark guinea pigs or in lighter pigs with dark skin pigmentation.

Males are most often exhibited in adult classes, as they have a harder coat than females, but females in this case should not be severely punished for this. 


Identifying primary colors for owners displaying their Abyssinian gilts

The following notes have been written specifically to help breeders and exhibitors identify the main color groups that are currently popular. They can guarantee that any show animal falls into the required class, provided that the show organizers take into account the colors. 


Variegated / Tortoiseshell

In the case of Spotted Pigs, blotches of red and black hairs should be mixed as best as possible. Variegated pigs with more red hair than black are called light Variegated; and those pigs that have more black hair are called dark Motley.

In the case of Tortoise Pigs, the borders of red and black markings should be as clear and clear as possible. Real Variegated and Tortoiseshell Abyssinian gilts can be found quite rarely, most of the exhibited gilts are a kind of intermediate option, including both spotting and variegated areas. Sometimes in some specimens there are small areas with white hair, for example, on the paw, on the toes, on the muzzle. If this area is located only in one place, and its size is not more than the size of a small coin, then the pig can be exhibited in the Spotted / Tricolor class. 

Tricolor (Tortoiseshell) guinea pigs

Red, black and white hairs are divided into individual spots that do not have a specific order or sequence. Variegated guinea pigs are often found, although the sharper boundaries of the three colors are preferable and make the guinea pig more attractive. 

Selfies The

recognized colors are defined by the English Selfie Pig Club – Black and Red are the most common colors. 


The roan is expressed in the mixing of white and dyed hair. The combination of white and black hair is called Blue Roans, white and red hair forms a combination called Strawberry Roans. Most of the Roan pigs on display now have a mixture of black, red and white hair.

Due to the breeding method of these gilts, all gilts entered in the Roan gilts class will be identified as Roans, but the best representatives will be those in which roaning occurs on most of the body. 

Abyssinian pigs of other colors

The most popular colors are red-white and white-black pigs. Tricolor pigs are sometimes brown / red / white and are popular too. Other colors that can be found are Agouti and Himalayan. 

All Abyssinian gilts must be shown in the class that matches their color. All exhibited gilts are evaluated according to the requirements of the standard, which says the following about the color: “Clean and bright, shiny” and for which they give five points. All of the above notes are given only so that the expert can make the right choice. 

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