Joshua's Cavies (American)
In January of 2010, the state 4H Rabbit and Cavy show was held together with the swine show (the two buildings connected by the concession area). My son spent a huge part of the day over with the pigs. Tired of losing him, mom took him over to see the 'little pigs' that were in our building. He bought Alvin (RIP) at the auction later that day. Minutes later, friends told us that guinea pigs really shouldn't be kept alone - we picked up Theodore to be Alvin's buddy. They lived side-by-side in two cages where they could see and talk to each other all day (and where Josh could watch them from his bed until he fell asleep each night). A few months later, our friend Ally called to say someone had a free pig that needed a home - and so we picked up Simon. He and Alvin did not want to share the little cage, so we picked up a third cage and the three (plus Josh) chatted happily all day and night. Almost four years later, Joshua's herd has grown considerably - several configurations later they all live together amicably in 2 four-chamber condos (8 large cages) in Joshua's room. Josh 'won' Chip and Dale at a silent auction at a show in the spring of 2011. We had our first litters in the fall of 2011 - Phoenix, Blaze, Tazzy, Speedy, Sneaky, Whitefoot, Nibbles and Sail. ... our herd has continued to grow ever since!
Passion is a black tan boar born 2/18/17 to Jewel and Cadet. He has one show leg. He has 3 pups (born to Starshine - 2 black tan and a blue tan).
Scamper is a black tan boar born 2/16/18 to Nightfall. His sire is a sable marten (Amor's Serendipity). Scamper was bred to Niagara (blue tan) and sired a black tan and a blue tan ...
His genotype is at-B-C(crch)P(pg/p)E-
He must carry either cr or ch from his sire, he must carry either pg or p in order to sire a blue tan.
Ninja is a black tan born 2/23/18 to Starshine and Passion.
Ninja was bred to two sows (Ember and Hope) siring 7 black tan pups. He must, however, carry either pg or p from his blue tan mother. Both sows carry cr or ch, and there were no marten pups, so we assume he is CC (99.2% certainty).
Niagara is a blue tan sow born 2/23/18 to Starshine and Passion. She has the deepest blue color we have achieved in our line to date. She has 1 show leg. (apologies for the state of her nails in this photo - we don't clip nails during pregnancy and this photo was taken right after!). She threw 2 huge pups (1 black tan boar, 1 blue tan sow).
Hope is a black tan sow born 2/16/18 to Nightfall. Her sire is a sable marten (Amor's Serendipity). Hope was the largest of her litter.
Like her mother, Hope gave birth to a healthy litter of 5. No blue tan pups, even though the boar (Ninja) carries pg or p and Hope's grandsire was also blue tan. We assume she does not carry blue, though that's only 97% certain. No martens either even though we know she carries cr or ch (so we assume Ninja doesn't).