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)!
Do you have a long-haired Peruvian guinea pig? Send a picture of your Peruvian guinea pig to firstname.lastname@example.org and your photo just might be featured here!