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Golden Agouti

Golden Agouti Genotype:

Eye Color: Dark

ARBA: Accepted in all breeds

ANCC: Accepted as it’s own breed in shorthair, accepted in all longhairs

BCC: Accepted as it’s own breed in shorthair, accepted in all longhairs

NZCC: Accepted as it’s own breed in shorthair, accepted in all longhairs

OCC: Accepted

Golden Agouti Description

Golden agouti color is a ticked reddish-black color that is created by each individual hair having bands of color.  The base color is black and the tip color is red.  These banded hairs cover the head, back, and sides, giving these areas a ticked appearance. The eumelanin is completely removed from the underbelly, inner legs, chin, and at times, a line along the chin toward the ears, and an area around the ears leaving these areas red.

Wild Type

Cavia aperea, a large rodent looking quite similar to a guinea pig, but with smaller ears and a pointier nose, sits on a log. It's color is similar to golden agouti, but the intensity of red is less.
Cavia aperea by Petra Karstedt

Golden Agouti is the “wild type” color of guinea pigs.  Though the domestic guinea pig, Cavia porcellus, is not actually seen in the wild, it’s ancestors, C. aperea, C. fulgida, or C. tschudii all appear to have a similar coloring to the golden agouti of the domestic guinea pig.  It is also the most dominant genotype, with the except of the Roan and Californian genes.

Pictures of Golden Agoutis

Golden Agouti Coronet by Becky Lanahan
Golden Agouti Peruvian by LMN Caviary

Golden Agouti Belly Color

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