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!