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Breed Types

A guide to guinea pig breed types. Includes the American Short-haired, the Abyssinian, Peruvian, Silkie, Teddy, Rex, Texel, Crested, Himalayan and Skinny Pig.

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AMERICAN SHORT-HAIRED GUINEA PIG

The America Short-haired guinea pig is the most common breed of guinea pig and arguable the most iconic. As the name suggests, this piggy has short, tight fur that requires very little grooming. Generally, America Short-haired guinea pigs make great pets for children, as they enjoy being handled, are very passive in nature and get on well with other piggies.

At HayPigs!® we have had two America Short-haired guinea pigs, Nutmeg and Neptune.


APPEARANCE: Short-haired with smooth fur.

ALTERNATIVE NAMES: English Short-haired.

FUN FACTS: This is the oldest and most common breed of guinea pig in the world.

PERSONALITY: Known for being good natured and affectionate.

HANDLING: Generally very passive in nature so ideal for children.

GROOMING: Do not require regular grooming. Occasional brushing will suffice. 


 
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ABySSiNIAN GUINEA PIG 

Another of the older breeds, the Abyssinian guinea pig has been recorded as far back as the 16th century. They are known for their characteristic medium length hair, that appears in swirls all over their body (called rosettes). Often a cheeky and curious, this breed can be fabulous fun. They do tend to be more energetic than the American Short-haired guinea pigs, so can be a bit trickier to handle (especially for children). Regular grooming is recommended, not only to remove debris from their fur, but to also check on their health. Sadly, their beautiful fur can hide potential health problems such as cysts and abscesses which Abyssinian's do seem a little more prone to getting.

At HayPigs!® we have had two Abyssinian guinea pigs, Crunchie and Indiana. Napoleon was an Abyssinian / Himalayan cross.


APPEARANCE: Tufts of mid-length hair in swirls known as rosettes.

ALTERNATIVE NAMES: Nicknamed an 'Aby'.

FUN FACTS: Abyssinian guinea pigs do not know the phrase "bad hair day" - the 'just out of bed' look is permanent!

PERSONALITY: Known for being cheeky, confident and curious.

HANDLING: Generally easy to handle as they like the attention, but can be a little energetic!

GROOMING: Reasonably regular grooming required. 3-4 times a week ideally.


 
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PERUVIAN GUINEA PIG

Of all the guinea pig breeds, the Peruvian is arguably the most striking, with long, flowing locks spilling over its forehead and out from the spine of its back. It'll come as no surprise that the Peruvian piggies have the longest hair of all guinea pig breeds and were originally bred as a show pig. They come in a range of colours including the popular tri-colour and cream and white varieties. Peruvian guinea pigs are generally very socialable, curious like creatures, and love the attention of their humans.


APPEARANCE: Long, straight hair, generally parted down the spine. Scalp hair tends to fall down over its eyes.

FUN FACTS: The longest hair ever recorded on a guinea pig was over 20 inches long! It was recorded (as you've probably guessed!) on the back of a Peruvian guinea pig.

PERSONALITY: Known for being curious and alert and fond of humans. Often very affectionate.

HANDLING: Generally easy to handle as they like the attention.

GROOMING: Very regular grooming is essential. Ideally every day to avoid the hair getting knotted and collecting debris. Regular trimming of the hair is also required as it can grow as much as an inch every month.


 
 
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SILKIE GUINEA PIG

A Silkie guinea pig is also a long haired guinea pig, but in contrast to a Peruvian guinea pig, its hair grows back from its head and is known for being very soft and silky (hence the name!). Silkie's are generally gentle and shy in nature and need regular grooming to keep their hair tidy. This grooming is not difficult to do and is usually a very pleasurable experience for both piggy and human, but it does require a level of commitment and diligence. For that reason we wouldn't recommend Silkie's for kids, despite the fact that they are very easy going in temperament.

At HayPigs!® we have had two silkie guinea pigs, Nutella and Storm.


APPEARANCE: Long sweeping hair that extends from the head. Their coat is very soft and silky.

ALTERNATIVE NAMES: Also known as the 'Sheltie'.

FUN FACTS: A Silkie guinea pigs hair grows back from its face (like a lion). Because of this, the hair can often form a tear drop shape when viewed from above.

PERSONALITY: Known for being gentle and shy. Can become more playful and affectionate when handled regularly.

HANDLING: Generally easy to handle due to their calm and gentle temperament. Can be a little timid.

GROOMING: Very regular grooming is essential. Ideally every day to avoid the hair getting knotted and collecting debris. Regular trimming of the hair is also required as it can grow as much as an inch every month.


 

Teddy Guinea Pig

Teddy guinea pigs are short-haired, with a dense, wiry coat. They are a popular breed for children, as they are relatively low maintenance (as far as guinea pig maintenance goes!) and generally very friendly with humans. Because their hair is so short and bristly, it does not tangle and will only need lightly brushing to keep it free of debris. One little quirk of the Teddy guinea pig is its upturned nose, a feature unique to Teddies.


APPEARANCE: Short-haired, with a dense, wiry coat.

FUN FACTS: The reason they are called "Teddy" guinea pigs is because they look a lot like a stuffed toy teddy bears.

PERSONALITY: Known for being curious and attention seekers.

HANDLING: Generally very easy to handle as they love human company!

GROOMING: Do not require regular grooming. Occasional brushing will suffice.


 
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TEXEL GUINEA PIG

Texel guinea pigs are long-haired piggies, with curly soft hair that appears in ringlets down their back. Their heads are generally wider and rounded in appearance. Because of their beauty and uniqueness, Texel’s are a popular choice of ‘show’ pig and require a great deal of dedication and commitment to keep them looking their best.


APPEARANCE: Long-haired, with curly, soft hair (often appearing in ringlets).

FUN FACTS: The Texel breed originates from England. They are a popular choice as ‘show’ pigs because they are so beautiful but their coats require a lot of time and dedication to look after.

PERSONALITY: Known for being bold and curious.

HANDLING: Generally easy to handle but they are not a breed we’d recommend for children due to their grooming requirements.

GROOMING: Regular grooming is essential as a Texel’s coat is prone to tangling. It will also need trimming regularly to keep it under control. To maintain good hygiene, Texels will also need their hair washed from time to time, particularly around their bottom where the long hair can drag in urine and faeces.