Guinea Pig Breeds

There are three basic breeds:

1. Short Haired

It’s the most popular pig’s breed. Short haired guinea pigs have short, smooth fur. They can be in many colors. This breed doesn’t need brushing or grooming. Probably, it is the main reason of great popularity of short haired pigs.

2. Abyssinian

The fur of this breed is arranged in characteristic rosettes. Abyssinian guinea pig should have three rosettes, but it is difficult to find such one. Some people recommend combing pigs of this breed after a bath, but it isn’t necessary.

3. Long Haired

Pigs of this breed have long furwhich grows their entire life. There are six “varieties” of long haired guinea pigs: Lunkarya, Sheltie, Peruvian, Coronet, Texel, Alpaca; which fur is curled to different degrees – from completely straight fur (Peruvian), to small curls, which look like they were made with a hair waffle iron (the Texel). Long haired guinea pig requires lots of grooming: haircuts and brushing 

Apart from mentioned above three main breeds, there are few other ones:

Skinny – an almost hairless breed (skinnies have a bit of fur on their noses); 
Baldwin – a completely hairless breed;
US Teddy – resembles the short haired pig – there’s one difference – it has bristling fur on the head and on the back;
CH Teddy it has bristling fur all over the body;
Merino – fur is quite short, arranged in waves.

A majority of pigswe can find in pet shops and shelters are mongrels. 
Just like our piggies 🙂

Where Can You Buy A Pig?

The best way is adopting a piggy from a shelter. It’s the best way to get any pets Shelters are run by real enthusiasts of animals, what guarantee, that we will get a healthy pig without the surprise inside :).

In some pet shops, pigs are treated like an object – like any other article in the shop. Before you buy a pig in a pet shop, make sure that the seller has basic knowledge about them. We should be given information about feeding, care, and the most important thing – the seller has to know how to tell the sex of a guinea pig. Don’t believe it’s difficult, it’s not true (on our website: PHYSIQUE – How to determine gender?). Moreover, in bad pet shops pigs of both sexes are kept together too long, and when you choose a female piggy, it is possible to get a pregnant one. Before buying a pig, choose a good pet shop.

We don’t advise buying guinea pigs in a street market, because they usually come from uncontrolled breeding. These pigs are more often ill and they aren’t provided with neither a vet care, nor a well-balanced diet. There is a high probability that you buy a pregnant pig.

Nowadays, such breeding facilities are liquidated, often successfully. However, there are people who don’t care about animals they breed. Buying guinea pigs from this kind of breeders is, in my opinion a kind of animal abuse. Pets should not be bred in such conditions.