Skinny pigs are almost entirely hairless, with the exception of some wisps of fuzzy hair on their feet and nose. They are characterised by their droopy ears, rubbery skin and wrinkles! They can be found in a variety of skin colours and patterns, just like regular guinea pigs. This breed did not originate from the wild, but from the science lab. The Skinny pig was a result of breeding haired guinea pigs with Baldwin guinea pigs.
Skinny pigs have a higher metabolism than haired guinea pigs and so will need extra food and water. They will also poo and wee more as a consequence! Due to their lack of hair, a Skinny pig’s skin is very intolerant to direct sunlight and cold temperatures. Because of this, it is strongly recommended that they are kept indoors. They will also require softer bedding (such as fleece and vet bed) as their skin can be easily scratched and irritated.
| APPEARANCE: Almost entirely bald except for fuzzy hair on their feet and nose. Droopy ears, rubbery skin and visible wrinkles.
| FUN FACTS: Breeding a Skinny pig (hairless) with a Baldwin(hairless) will result in offspring that are always haired.
| PERSONALITY: Known for being intelligent and affectionate.
| HANDLING: Good temperament, if handled regularly. Not ideal for children due to their complicated care requirements.
| GROOMING: Regular fortnightly skin care / washes required.