Own or been thinking to get a guinea pig? Do you had any idea that there are distinct breeds of these cute little mice, yet there are 13 in total. Because not all of these 13 breeds are regularly maintained as pets, you may have never seen some of the animals on this list.
Because of its exceptionally affectionate personality, the Abyssinian is an excellent choice for first-time owners. It simply needs a little training during the course of its eight-year existence. One can be identified by eight symmetrical swirls (officially termed rosettes) that give it an untidy haircut.
The Satin Abyssinian, with its shiny coat, is also recognized by the ACBA.
Alpacas have wavy, coarse coats and are regarded as one of the most beautiful animals. This breed requires daily brushing and detangling, making it quite high maintenance. Although the ACBA does not officially acknowledge it, an Alpaca can live for up to eight years.
The American Guinea Pig wins the popularity battle by default because it is the most common breed. They have a wonderful temperament and get along nicely with other piggies. Its short, smooth coat makes it simple to take care of, especially for toddlers. The English Cavy is another name for this breed. The coat is silky and short, and it falls flat against the body. This is the most frequent and popular breed.
The American Cavy Breeders Association also recognizes the Satin American (ACBA). Satin refers to the coat’s shine; satin breeds have exceptionally shiny, smooth coats.
A Coronet is distinguished by its flowing, voluminous mane that lacks a part. With its curious personality and lively temperament, this lovely ball of fur loves attention and immediately attracts it. If you’re thinking about getting one, make sure you set aside time every day to brush its lovely coat.
The breed got its name from the white crown on top of its head. It is the relative of the American, as they both have a short, smooth coat. They are quiet, but intelligent creatures. Don’t be surprised if yours soon learns to identify when it’s time to eat or recognizes your voice.
Merinos are a curious breed that enjoys exploring. It’s great for providing a large cage and even roaming time around your home. It’s a popular choice for owners due of its affectionate attitude, but it’s not officially recognized.
The Peruvian coat is sleek and straight, and it can grow to be many inches long. The hair grows forward over the head and naturally parts down the center of the back. The dense, velvety coat necessitates a lot of grooming, and many Peruvian guinea pig owners end up cutting the hair to keep it manageable. Wraps can be used to keep the guinea pig’s hair from becoming tangled or filthy if it is to be shown.
The Peruvian Satin is also recognized by the ACBA.
The Rex resembles a chinchilla rather than a guinea pig due to its short, wool-like fur, which is considerably easier to manage than some of the long-haired types depicted below. They appreciates being touched, thus it’s one of the better guinea pig selections if you prefer being affectionate towards your pets. Just try not to crush them too tightly.
Shebas have the nicest facial hair, with lengthy muttonchops that outline their faces. Their fur grows slowly and requires little maintenance, unlike some of the other long-haired breeds on this list. This breed originated in Australia and is thought to be a cross between the Abyssinian and the Peruvian.
They’re generally not recognized by official boards like the American Cavy Breeders Association.
Shelties have long hair, but it grows backwards. As a result, they are difficult to groom, making them unsuitable for anyone looking for a low-maintenance companion. They are, nevertheless, often regarded as the gentlest and most laidback of all guinea pig breeds, making them a good choice for families with little children.
Texels are a cross between Shelties and Rexes with dense, matted fur that can be difficult to manage. Tangles are common, so set aside some time each day to brush their fur. This British breed is well-known for its supremacy as a show guinea pig, although it is less popular as a pet.
This short-haired guinea pig has a short dense coat with twisted or kinked hair shafts that cause the coat to stand on end, giving the coat a fuzzy appearance.
There’s also a Satin Teddy with a deep gloss on his coat.
This Swedish breed has a long, curly coat that gives it the appearance of a mop. Lunkaryas, or “Lunks,” come in three varieties:
- Lunkarya Peruvian,
- Lunkarya Sheltie, and
- Lunkarya Coronet.
These animals are rarely seen outside of Sweden, and their hair makes them unsuitable for warmer regions.
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