Guinea pig judging is serious.
Just ask Matt Ricci, a Perth Zoo keeper who trained for a year to qualify for the Perth Royal Show's cavy judging team. He judged the junior competition yesterday.
He said every breed was different, but colouring, coat, grooming and markings were some traits of a prize winner. "A couple of our junior members often win best in show, even against people who have been doing it for 30 or 40 years," Mr Ricci said.
Maria Anestoudis, 15, of Samson, who had three guinea pigs on show, said they were perfect pets because they did not need much care.
But at show time, they needed to be shampooed, coated with tea-tree oil, have clean ears and nails cut.
Pilbara's Nullagine Remote Community School students went to the Show for the first time yesterday, and many held animals they had only heard about.
Primary teacher Tanya Fildes said they had a farm theme this term.
Year 1 student Ashton Francis got up close to a long-haired guinea pig but his favourites were the rabbits.