Different Breeds of Guinea Pigs (A Breeders view)

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dgarriques
Got Pigs?

Post   » Sat Jun 30, 2007 3:04 pm


OK I know that breeders are a big no no but I found on youtube a clip that shows the different breeds and has examples.

While the idea of show pigs are nothing I can accept, I thought well some of the new people might like to see an example of what the differences are.

E has explained alot to us also.

This is just a pictorial view, if you can get past the breeder/show mentality BS.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Y88c7us8FxY

Stacey Wallace

Post   » Sat Jun 30, 2007 3:24 pm


Well, I learned I have one peruvian and 5 mutts!

EllieMom

Post   » Sat Jun 30, 2007 5:10 pm


I know I must be projecting, but all those guinea pigs looked sad to me for some reason.

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dgarriques
Got Pigs?

Post   » Sat Jun 30, 2007 5:49 pm


I thought so too. When I first watched I was mostly checking out their fur, but then I started looking at those faces. :(

Stacey Wallace

Post   » Sat Jun 30, 2007 6:06 pm


They are probably sick and tired of being picked up and positioned all day!

Inrun

Post   » Sat Jun 30, 2007 6:38 pm


Whats the deal with dissallowing of "Tan" as a color in show pigs so often? I don't get that.

Kellyjo

Post   » Sat Jun 30, 2007 6:39 pm


Maybe it sounds boring and not as prestegious? Makes the pig sound blah.

Inrun

Post   » Sat Jun 30, 2007 6:48 pm


Makes them sound like they're biggoted against tan pigs. Weirdos. Showing doesn't make sense to me.

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Webs
Cavies 'n Cobwebs

Post   » Sat Jun 30, 2007 7:10 pm


I think my rex/teddy would have something serious to say about being petted backwards from rump to head! They must hate getting petted in that case.

I wondered too about the tan. What's so 'offensive' about tan piggies?

Kellyjo

Post   » Sat Jun 30, 2007 7:13 pm


I am sure the pigs just love being shown in a room with a lot of people making noise.

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Faye

Post   » Sat Jun 30, 2007 9:25 pm


I feel sorry for those pigs with hair so long it takes up the space of 3 pigs. Not a very practical hairdo. I can't imagine brushing hair THAT long. Gilbert cries when I brush her rear end as it is.

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sus4rabbitsnpigs

Post   » Sat Jun 30, 2007 9:37 pm


It's supposed to be 'pretty' and win awards - who cares about practical and the pig's comfort. <eye roll>

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crazypiggie247
The Herd Of Wonders

Post   » Sun Jul 01, 2007 3:18 pm


Now if someone would just make a video or site with examples/explanations of the breeds WITHOUT an emphasis on breeding/showing.

It was informative though, I just had to try very hard not to say nasty things about those hideous ear clips.

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veckard

Post   » Sun Jul 01, 2007 4:18 pm


Wow, that was a boring video. Informative, kinda, but way too slow. They could have at least put some music on it or something.

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Little Jo Wheek

Post   » Sun Jul 01, 2007 4:19 pm


I have the knowledge and desire to do a breed data thread, I just haven't figured out how to do it on this board. Ideally, I would like to use member's pigs. I have little to no computer skills (which is a problem to make it user friendly and presentable). That way, we would know colors and breeds, plus see some of the adorable mutts that own us!

Guys, there is a good reason why there are only Tans in Americans. And it's a good thing if you don't believe in the show/breeding standards. The way the ACBA recognizes new varieties (colors/color patterns) is similar to how they recognize new breeds. It takes a ton of breeding and formal presentations at the yearly "National" show. At that show, (if I remember right), there can be no less than 6 pigs of that type (may be more) in ideal markings and coloring. One of each sex in the breed AND variety in each of the age/size categories (there are 3). That means for Tans to be a recognized variety in EVERY breed means 13 x 6 animals for presentation alone at 3 individual Nationals. That makes for a TON of animals at presentation, let alone the rate of only 1 or 2 animals per litter usually being ideal. There are tons of culls when you are breeding for development of a new Variety or Breed. Americans were the easiest breed to get the variety recognized in since that is how they were imported by Juliet Barrera and once-ACBA president Tracy Iverson. They held the development certificate when I heard about the plans about 10 years ago.

Here is a pic--Tans are a very specific color pattern and were named Tans after the bunny breed showing a similar pattern:
Tan Cavy
Here is an ACBA article with a bit of the history.
Tan Cavy History
They are the newest recognized ACBA color variety.

Unfortunately, during my search for a pic, I did stumble upon breeders trying to develop tans in all other breeds. Great.

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Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Sun Jul 01, 2007 4:44 pm


Josephine, if you ever put something together and post it here, I can create some html pages in the guide from it too (if we can get the pics).

I think tempering it with information concerning problems with different breeds and the search for coat (and not good health) would work into it well too.

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WindeSpirit
Sewing for a Cause

Post   » Sun Jul 01, 2007 5:39 pm


Josephine, I have a really easy web designing program I could send you if you like. It's about as easy to use as MS Word with no html needed. Be glad to help you too.

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Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Sun Jul 01, 2007 8:00 pm


It takes very little time for me to put things together for this site because I have a template I kind of plug things into. Not sure what benefit web designing software would be unless she'd prefer to set up her own website elsewhere (I didn't get the feeling this was what she was interested in doing).

I also find software to design things very verbose. You end up with an ackward file that takes much more room than is needed.

Give me plain old html any day. Oh, and some style sheets.

Josephine
Little Jo Wheek

Post   » Sun Jul 01, 2007 8:19 pm


I was worried about clogging up GL with more pics. I think the breed-related info (as well as color-info, e.g. the dal or roan genes) would be great.

I guess I could definitely start writing a thread. The pics could be added later. That is the most intimidating part for me, actually, is the gathering and uploading of pics. I don't want to use any breeder sites at all to link to--I think I could get something arranged in the next day or two. At least the beginnings.

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snowflakey
E's Moriarity

Post   » Sun Jul 01, 2007 8:41 pm


That would be great!

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