7 Bizarre Breeds of Guinea Pigs
You can’t help but love guinea pigs! With their sweet little eyes and soft squeaking sounds of joy you simply want to give them kisses all day long. What about these rather odd breeds? Do they deserve never ending kisses too?? The Skinny Pig is an almost hairless breed of Guinea pig. Skinny Pigs typically have hair on their muzzles, feet and legs, but are hairless over the rest of their body. Now they are a popular “Designer” breed of guinea pig. The Abyssinian guinea pig, a popular breed, has a coat made up of rosettes. Rosettes appear on each shoulder, over the back, on each hip and across the guinea pig’s rear. A werewolf skinny is a skinny pig that is born with fur drifted all over it’s body. Occasionally, as a werewolf skinny grows, the fur will fall out but that is never guaranteed. A werewolf skinny’s fur is very fine, and is sometimes grouped so close together that it looks like a skinny pig, is a furry pig until you look closely! The only place the a werewolf skinny will not get fur on, is it’s belly! The Teddy guinea pig breed is the result of a mutation, this popular breed has a coat that is thick and kinky. The Texel, a newer guinea pig breed, has a coat made up of curls throughout the body. The White Crested guinea pig breed has a single white rosette on top of the head. A somewhat rare breed, no other white can be found in the coat of show quality White Cresteds. Once called the Angora, the Peruvian guinea pig breed has a coat several inches long that drags on the ground. The soft, dense hair grows from a center part down the guinea pig’s back.
Micro Mini Pigs
Pigs love to eat and the proper type and amount of food he/she gets is very important. These feeds are designed for pot belly pigs and should always be the mainstay of their diet. In the summer months my pigs are outside grazing all day so I can cut back on the amount of food I feed them. In the winter we do increase the amount fed to the outside pigs as they need that protein to burn off. Your pigs overall health and appearance are the best guides to determine the proper amount of food. Pet pigs, especially those just starting out in life, need all the nutrients they can get to avoid serious health problems later. There are some reports that chocolate can be deadly for pigs, so better safe than sorry! In fact, try not to feed your pig any candy at all. In some cases potbelly pigs develop a taste for fruit juice and the like. My house pigs rarely drink plain water any more as we made the mistake of adding 100% fruit juice to their water. If your pigs are anything like mine they will let you know if the mixture is not right! Even in cooler weather pigs will need to have drinking water available. Some pigs need a lot of water, some pigs seem to seldom touch it. Keep in mind that there are times of the year when pigs will drink more. Many pigs drink much more in the winter than normal. Pigs do not sweat! Actually the only place they ‘sweat’ is out of the top end of their nose! You will see little tiny droplets of water forming there. You will need to train yourself to clean the pigs before bringing them into the home once they have been enjoying a nice mud bath.
Tips, advice, health
Guinea pigs are small, sociable, ‘chatty’ rodents. There are different breeds and varieties of guinea pigs, with a wide variety of colour and coat lengths. Typically guinea pigs live for 5-6 years, but some may live longer. Guinea pigs are traditionally thought of as good first pets for children, but it should always be an adult that takes responsibility to ensure they are properly handled and cared for. We rescue and rehome all kinds of animals – including Guinea pigs. If you’re considering buying a Guinea pig for your family why not rehome one from us? Find guinea pigs available for rehoming and adoption. There is no one “Perfect” way to care for all guinea pigs because every guinea pig and every situation is different. It is up to you how you look after your guinea pig, but you must take reasonable steps to ensure that you meet all their needs. You can also download our booklet: How to take care of your guinea pigs. Guinea pigs, or ‘cavies’, are social animals with a compact, rounded body shape, short legs and no tail. Guinea pigs are active Guinea pigs are active up to 20 hours per day and sleep only for short periods. Guinea pigs are highly social Guinea pigs are social animals. In the wild they live in close family groups of 5 – 10 individuals, though several groups may live in close proximity to form a colony. Guinea pigs’ need a high fibre diet that is supplemented with vitamin C Guinea pigs’ diet needs to be supplemented with plenty of vitamin C, as they lack the enzyme needed to synthesise vitamin C and can only store vitamin C for short periods.