Alpaca Guinea Pig
The Alpaca guinea pig is best described as a Peruvian guinea pig with curls! They are often mistaken for Texel guinea pigs because of their curly long hair, but while a Texel’s hair falls backwards from its head, an Alpaca’s head hair hangs forward. In addition to this long hair, the Alpaca guinea pig will often have a single rosette on the top of their head and can have more rosettes along their body. Because of this, they require dedicated grooming to keep them clean and tidy and are not recommended as an outdoor pet.
| APPEARANCE: Long-haired, dense, curly coats. Head hair fallsforward (like a Peruvian)
| FUN FACTS: The Alpaca guinea pig is names after the Alpaca camelid mammals of South America.
| PERSONALITY: Known for being sweet and affectionate.
| HANDLING: Generally easy to handle but they are not a breed we’d recommend for children due to their grooming requirements.
| GROOMING: Regular hair grooming is essential as a Alpaca’s coat is prone to tangling. It will also need trimming regularly to keep it under control. To maintain good hygiene, Alpacas will also need their hair washed from time to time, particularly around their bottom where the long hair can drag in urine and faeces.