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Abyssinian guinea pigs are known for their adorable ‘bed head’ hairstyle that, at first glance, appears to just be messy and sticking up all over the place. However, upon closer inspection, you’ll be able to see that these ‘swirls’ (officially known as rosettes) are actually more tidy than you’d think!
Those who show their abyssinian guinea pigs have particular characteristics they look for, like having 8 symmetrical rosettes at specific places on the head and body, and with a distinctly ‘rough’ fur texture (though not the same as the more fluffy and frizzy teddy guinea pigs) that allows it to spread evenly and stick out to form little shelves and ridges of fur at the edges. SO. CUTE.
And don’t worry —
Abyssinian guinea pigs, despite their coats being referred to as ‘rough’, still have quite soft fur which is super fun to run your hand over to feel all those cute little cowlicks!
Abyssinian guinea pigs come in every color combination you can imagine — tortoiseshell, white, lilac (a beautiful light gray color), black, golden, red, patches of color, you name it. Some have just a few rosettes, and others are covered in them. It just depends on the piggie. I particularly love how their fluffy fur poofs out their cheeks. ::swoon:: I can’t handle it.
Do you have an Abyssinian guinea pig? If so, feel free to send a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org and you just might see your piggie here!
On average, guinea pigs’ life expectancies tend to fall between the 5-7 year range, though it is not uncommon (and quite likely, if you follow tips like the ones you’re about to read!) for a guinea pig to live to be 8 or older! But how can you help your guinea pig to join the ranks of the 8+ year old piggies out there?
While guinea pig lifespan does depend partially on each unique guinea pig’s particular tendencies toward health or illness, there are many things you can do as a guinea pig owner to help ensure that your guinea pig lives the longest and happiest life possible under your care!
The following 5 tips will help you maximize your guinea pig’s lifespan. In the medical world, approaches like this are known as preventive care – helping to prevent disease and injury before it happens, because the chances for health and recovery are much better through prevention than trying to treat an existing condition.
5 simple ways to help your guinea pig live longer:
- Provide your guinea pig with a proper diet consisting of vitamin C-rich pellets, fresh water, unlimited timothy hay, and a generous portion of appropriate fresh fruits and vegetables. Unsure what you should feed your guinea pig and how much? A comprehensive list of what guinea pigs can and cannot eat is included in the official Guinea Pig Guide!
- Weigh your guinea pig regularly. Weight loss is often an early and clear sign of illness in guinea pigs. By monitoring your guinea pig’s weight on a regular basis (at least once a month, weekly if you’re really diligent!), you’ll be able to see if he or she is maintaining a steady weight and be able to react accordingly if weight loss occurs. You can invest in an inexpensive digital kitchen scale that measures in grams, and use a plastic or glass bowl to place your piggie in. Easy as pie!
- Find an experienced exotic animal veterinarian close by to you. Unfortunately, not all veterinary offices treat guinea pigs, and even some that do aren’t very experienced in proper guinea pig care. This is why it’s so important to not wait until your guinea pig is sick to begin searching for a vet. Be sure as soon as you bring a guinea pig into your life (ideally beforehand!) that you find a vet that’s knowledgeable and experienced with guinea pigs. Some offices specialize in exotic pets (guinea pigs, bunnies, birds, reptiles, all fall under this category), but other general vet offices have veterinarians who are excellent with piggies. XXX PUT INFO ABOUT FINDING A VET HERE XXX
- Keep an eye on your guinea pig’s teeth and nails. Both guinea pigs’ teeth and nails grow continuously. With a constant supply of hay, guinea
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pigs grind their teeth down to a comfortable length, but sometimes their teeth can become misaligned or snap and cause problems. Be sure to check your guinea pigs’ teeth for evenness regularly, and safely trim their nails every few weeks so they don’t overgrow, curl, and cause potential foot problems that can lead to even worse medical problems over time.
- Keep your guinea pigs comfy and cozy. Piggies are sensitive to temperature, so one of the easiest things you can do to help ensure their health is to provide them with shelter in a room that maintains a fairly stable temperature throughout the year. Ideally you don’t want your guinea pigs to be any colder than 65 degrees or any warmer than 75 degrees if you can help it. Otherwise they are at risk for heat stroke or other cold-related problems which can cause stress, lower immune function and bring on upper respiratory infections, which can be fatal.
There are of course many many more ways to help your guinea pigs live a long time, but these are just five to get you started! I hope you’ve found this list helpful and an approachable way to ensure your guinea pigs live a long time with you!
Depending on where you live, this guinea pig is referred to as a silkie or a sheltie guinea pig. Either way, it is all sorts of CUTE! (but then again, all guinea pigs are. I…may be biased. ::ahem::)
Silkie guinea pigs have long, silky (go figure!) hair, similar to a Peruvian guinea pig. Unlike its Peruvian [LINK] cousin, however, the silkie guinea pig/sheltie guinea pig’s fur doesn’t grow over its face. Instead, it cascades gently over its shoulders and back, gradually getting longer further down the body to form a sort of ‘teardrop’ shape if looked at from above [wikipedia reference].
Also unlike the Peruvian guinea pig, the silkie guinea pig’s hair doesn’t part down the middle, or at all. It just swoops backward and spreads around in a big satiny ball of cuteness.
As for maintenance and upkeep, silkies require a bit less maintenance than the Peruvian, but still quite a bit more than a short-haired guinea pig. If you’re considering a silkie or sheltie guinea pig, you’ll need to be prepared to provide regular hair trims to keep your piggie’s coat clean and dry. Since their hair on their rump is longer than the hair on the upper parts of their bodies, it tends to get dragged around, picking up little bits of hay from their cage, and is unfortunately easily soiled when they go pee.
If you love your piggie’s long hair and don’t want to cut it, you can provide routine ‘bum baths’, where you gently wash, rinse and dry their rear with a high
quality, mild, speicially formulated guinea pig shampoo [link to gorgeous guineas] to keep things safe and tidy back there.
You may also want to brush your guinea pig regularly to prevent the onslaught of tangles that can rapidly turn into uncombable ‘guinea pig dreadlocks’ which must be cut out of the fur. Their hair is so smooth it’s fun to brush it (gently with a guinea pig brush) and feel how satiny and shiny it gets.
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Skinny pigs are exactly what you might think they are, based on their names – they’re guinea pigs with no fur!
Well…I shouldn’t say no fur at all, because they do still have a little bit – right on the tops of their noses and around their ankles. It’s kind of like they’re wearing a sweater on opposite day. 😉
Having a lack of fur means that skinny pigs need a little bit of special attention to make sure they’re kept warm enough, so owners will often house them with extra little blankets or ‘snuggle sacs’ [link] to keep them comfortable. But all in all, these cute, teensy little hippo lookalikes are just like their furry counterparts and are becoming an increasingly popular breed choice among guinea pig owners!
Now, even though they don’t have fur covering their entire bodies (some have a little more on their backs than others), skinny pigs or ‘skinnies’ still come in a variety of colorings found in traditional haired guinea pigs. Some have dutch markings, spots of varying color, stripes, some are black
all over, and some are completely pink with red eyes like an albino guinea pig would be. There are even Himalayan skinny pigs, where you can very clearly see the darker points on their skin that would be underneath a traditional Himalayan guinea pig’s fur. It’s like a little x-ray into what your fuzzy guinea pig might look like if you were to shave him or her.
Do you have a skinny pig? I’d love to see! Send along any pictures of skinnies you have to firstname.lastname@example.org and you might see them featured here!
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pig breed – the Himalayan! And what a super cute breed it is. (oh who am I kidding? They’re all cute. Come on now.:))
Himalayan guinea pigs are sort of like the siamese cat of guinea pigs – with a sleek white body and darker ‘points’ of color at the extremities: their toes, ears, and nose.
Do you know why Himalayan guinea pigs have darker fur on their ears, nose and toes?
Well, just like Siamese cats, Himalayan guinea pigs have a recessive genetic trait that gives their bodies a bit of a superpower. On the parts of their bodies that are the warmest, they don’t produce any melanin, which is the pigment in our skin that gives our skin, hair and eyes color. This explains why their bodies are white and their eyes are a light burgundy red color instead of dark brown like most piggies. The red isn’t really a color, but more the absence of color that you or I would normally have in the iris areas of our eye.
The cooler parts of their bodies, however, DO produce melanin, so their skin and fur is darker there, like a toasty little marshmallow!
Now this doesn’t mean if a cool breeze sweeps through the room a Himalayan guinea pig suddenly turns brown all over like a chameleon! But it does mean that a Himalayan guinea pig living in a slightly cooler climate is likely to have darker brown points, and a guinea pig living in a warmer area may be a bit lighter. Granted, guinea pigs don’t do very well with extreme climate changes, so the temperature difference would have to be fairly small, but still! Pretty neat, huh?
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Hello? Anybody in there?? You might find yourself speaking to the wrong end of a true show-quality Peruvian guinea pig, as their hair grows so long that it completely covers them from head to toe! They are like little walking mops, with long, straight, satiny hair that grows continuously like yours and mine. If left untrimmed, Peruvian guinea pigs can have hair growing 20 inches in all directions, including over their face!
Now, unless you professionally show your guinea pigs, it’s unlikely that you’ll want to maintain that long of a mane on your little one. In addition to the poor guinea pig not being able to see anything,
hair that long easily soils and tangles and requires a lot of daily grooming and upkeep. People who show their Peruvians will even go as far as wrapping sections of their guinea pigs’ hair in little wraps and baggies to keep it clean and out of the way in between shows.
Idunno about you, but I don’t want my guinea pig looking like a hot air balloon basket surrounded by sand bags! 😉
Peruvian guinea pigs’ coats come in two layers – the longer top coat and an undercoat that doesn’t grow quite as long. They come in dozens of different color combinations, but have just a couple of things in common – their continuous growth, and a part running down the middle of their heads and bodies. Not all Peruvian guinea pigs
will look like a moving toupee. Those that aren’t 100% show quality purebred are likely to have hints of other breeds giving them rosettes, hair of varying lengths, and slightly different hair textures and qualities.
The important thing to remember when caring for a guinea pig with some Peruvian heritage is to trim their hair regularly so it doesn’t get soiled or matted. Depending on your skill with scissors, you could give your guinea pig quite the ‘do (safely, of course)!
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