ABOUT 155 people attended the NSW Cavy Club show at Oatley on Sunday where hundreds of these pets – known more commonly as guinea pigs – were shown in competition.

There were buff, golden and even lilac-coloured creatures, long haired, short haired, some with hairy rosettes and others that looked like teddy bears.

Some had hair so long it normally has to be in wraps like a woman’s hair rollers so it doesn’t become a trip hazard.

The NSW Cavy club show. Pictures Jane Dyson

At the end of the day though, the Best in Showcavy wasSymphonia Silver Island, from a breed known as Rex.

Owner Jayne Anthony said she had 27 cavies to the show, almost double the number shown by many other owners.

‘‘The average stud is 130, sometimes people have more than 200 in the one stud,’’ Ms Anthony said.

That’s a whole lot of love and on Sunday it was being spread around.

It was the first time in many years that the club had held its show at Oatley and most of those who attended were adults. Some visited from as far afield as Canberra and Yass.

For Ms Anthony, of Tuggerah on the Central Coast, it was a brief but welcome return to St George which she left 4 years ago.

She had a beauty therapy salon at Bexley.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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