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!