100+ Cute and Funny Guinea Pig Names

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Guinea Pig Names – There are few pets as cute and cuddly as a guinea pig, so we totally understand your excitement if you are in the process of getting one. Guinea pigs are becoming an increasingly popular option as a pet.

Mostly because they are relatively easy to maintain, and they do not take up a lot of space in your home. These little animals love to be petted and cuddled, and they will reward you with a lot of love if you look after them properly.

Giving Your Guinea Pig a Name

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Guinea pig names are usually a very personal choice, and the name you choose may not come to you right away. If your pet has a certain look or way of behaving, the name may come quickly, but it’s fine to take your time to choose the name that fits him best.

To list all the potential guinea pig names you could use would be an impossible task, as the list would be endless. The name you choose could be because of how he looks or acts, it may be a name of a loved one, or perhaps even something to do with your interests.

Have you thought about what you might name your guinea pig, or are you waiting to decide? Those of you in the latter category may not even have chosen your pet yet, and may be waiting until you see the little guy that will become your new best friend.

Choosing Your Guinea Pig Name

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As we mentioned earlier, it’s okay to take some time in choosing the right name for your guinea pig. It’s easy to make a mistake when you choose a name right off the bat.

For example, you may give him a name that suits his shy nature, only to find that he becomes an adventurous, fun-loving little guy once he gets comfortable in his new home. You’ll be surprised to learn that guinea pigs will eventually understand and react to the name you give them.

a. Choosing a Personalized Name

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1. Choose a name based on the appearance of your guinea pig.

One of the most common ways of choosing a guinea pig name is to do so based off their appearance. Perhaps it might be something to do with the way his hair looks on his head, or maybe it’s his distinctive coloring that brings a name to mind. Look at his appearance and try to come up with a cool name that fits.

Many people name pets based on unique aspects of their appearance. Take a good look at your new pet. Think about its size, its color, and any spots or distinctive markings your guinea pig may have. Brainstorm how you could make a name that fits the way your pet looks.

2. Choose a Name Based on his Personality.

We mentioned choosing a name because he was shy, but what about a name for a guinea pig that is lazy or really energetic. This is a great chance to get creative.

3. Go with an Ironic Name

Picking a name that doesn’t necessarily fit his appearance or personality is not necessarily a bad thing, especially if you are doing it to be ironic. If you have a guinea pig that is easily spooked, you might consider going with a name that would lead people to believe he is brave.

4. Allow Your Guinea Pig to Choose a Name

Of course, we are not suggesting that you wait for your guinea pig to speak up here. What we are suggesting is that you make a game out of the guinea pig name selection. If you can’t decide between several names, write all the options down on separate pieces of paper and place a little bit of food on top. The paper that he goes to first will be the name he chooses.

b. Choosing a Cute Name

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1. Keep it Short

Cute names always work well, and the best ones seem to be short. Keeping the guinea pig name down to two syllables makes it easier to call him. It also makes it easier for him to learn and understand.

2. Pick Your Favorite Human Name

It’s really cute to give your guinea pig a human name, and it’s also a nice way to pay tribute to a friend or family member that you love. If you want a human name for your pet but can’t think of one, try reading a baby-naming book.

3. Go with a Nickname

Human names are fun, but they are even cuter when you abbreviate them. You are essentially killing two birds with one stone here, as you get to have a human name, as well as one that is short and easy to understand.

4. Guinea Pig Names that are Sweet

Guinea pig owners have a habit of naming their pets after desserts or candy. The names tend to be cute and affectionate in nature, so perhaps think about your favorite sweet treat and use that as a name.

5. Choose a Popular Name

There is a reason why common dog names have been around for a long time, and it’s because they are catchy and cute. Think about common pet names and see if there one in particular that fits your guinea pig.

c. Selecting an Inspired Name

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1. Use the Name of a Family Member

Pets very quickly become part of the family, so it makes sense that you may want to give him the same name as a deceased relative that you really loved. Using your mother’s maiden name is also a cute way to go.

2. Make Your Guinea Pig Names Like Royalty

Do you treat your guinea pig like a king or a queen? If so, then why not give them a regal name that fits?

3. Choose an Unusual Name

While many people stick with common names, there is something cool about choosing one of the many unusual guinea pig names out there.

4. Choose the Name of a Historical Figure

If you are a bit of a history buff, perhaps there is a specific person that you like or identify with in some way. There are plenty to choose from, and there is sure to be one that is a good fit for your guinea pig.

5. Choose the Name of a Fictional Character

Books and movies are great, and you almost certainly have one that you love. How about choosing a name based on a character in one of your favorite films?

I realize that I have given you a lot to think about with all these guinea pig names, so I have decided to make it a little easier for you to choose the perfect name by putting together a list. You can choose from one of those, or you can think of your own.

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Himalayan Guinea Pig: A Complete Care Guide

The Different Breeds of Long Haired Guinea Pig

Boy Guinea Pig Names

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Male names tend to not be as cute as the names for girls, but that can sometimes be appropriate for your guinea pig, especially if he is adventurous or messy.

    
OliverHomerZipperRocko
LeonardBobMattyNemo
BoomerFabioPacoBraveheart
TankPepsiHamAladdin
BartChomperOzzyBasil
BilboBrambleBumbleChocolate
ConkerElmoFrodoGingerBread Man
HobNobLeonardoMerlinMr Roly
OreoPerkyRavensSnoopy
StuartTarragonTiggle my PiggleTomska
WaffleAlbertBenedictBilly
BrandyFlopsyJaffaLychee
MontyMr ScrimblesOrinocoSherlock
SonicSunnyTatty TeddyTimothy
TopsyAlvinBennyCharlie
CinnamonDoritoFluffyGentleman
GromitArthurMarmaladeMr Snuffles
PercyPigletPippinRumpelstiltskin
SinbadSparklesTeddy EdwardWellington
BorisCharlie BrownDougalFreddie
GilbertHanselMaxTom Thumb

Girl Guinea Pig Names

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It’s no real surprise that some of the sweeter guinea pig names out there are those that are girly. Females are the fairer of the two sexes, and a girl name is perfect for a guinea pig that is shy or especially sweet.

    
PrincessBabyLilySofie
CinnamonSweetheartGingerButtercup
NutmegHazelPeachesDaisy
MinnieCookieSugarRosie
BellaBlackberryAngelicaBetty
AmyEsmereldaFlorenceLychee
PinkyRubellaTinaWilma
MerryNanaRosemaryRuby
TinyAngelinaCleopatraGiselle
CinderellaErmintrudeIzadoraJosie
MavisMiss TiggywinklePigletPoppy
RosannaRougeSnowdropSunshine
Tiggle my PiggleTwinkleToesWillow

Cute Guinea Pig Names

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You can’t help but look at a guinea pig and think of it as adorably cute. The way they look and move is just about as cute as it gets.

    
PumpkinSnickerdoodleCupcakeCaramel
CopperStud MuffinM&MPiglet
SnickersHoneyCuddle BunnySprinkles
CottonballTootsiePeanutButterscotch
S'moresFurballOreoCotton Candy
IzzySweetpeaClementineFlossie
GinnyGuiniverePondRapunzel
TeslaWaferWinnieBetty Boop
BluebellBubblesChicaJasmine
Miss PiggySketchySunnyThumbelina
ArielBilberryBlueberryButtercup
PeanutOreoPinocchioJack Sparrow
ChuckyCookieMoonPigTwitch
BulgariaLaurelPeregrineZebedee

Funny Guinea Pig Names

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Coming up with a funny name for your guinea pig is easy, especially if they have a specific feature, such as crazy hair, that really stands out.

    
HamletChunkJack HammerAlf
BiscuitGuinevereBrutusGoliath
JediGuinnessGodzillaGinny Pig
MeatballPork ChopBam BamBlossom
GumboFuzzmeisterThe HulkBramble
CinnamonGingerNutGretelMaxella
MopsyPeanutPumpkinRosebud
SparklesTwitchCressidaFleur
JaffaMaplePennySugarplum
DaisyFlopsyFuzzy BearHazel
MarjorieNutmegPigglepopsPopcorn
ReddRosy PosyTopsyWaffle
CookieGoldilocksShaggyFuzzy Bear
PigglepopsPinotRocketWalnut
BaileysBilberryMopsyPopcorn
ScampSpongeBobTangle TimThyme

Couple Guinea Pig Names

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If you are thinking of breeding your guinea pigs, chances are you will buy them as a pair. I there anything cuter than giving them a couple’s name?

   
Gomez & Peri Perirandi & BarcardiLucy & Ricky
Lars & PeaceBubble & SqueakFluffles & Fluffybunny
Piggles & SpockCocoa & MochaCutie Pie & Winkles
Ulker & DardenelleDakota & MontanaSalt & Pepper
Winterbottom & SummerbumOlly & PollyKath & Kim
Bonnie & ClydeGiggles & GooglesThelma & Louise
Blizzard & SnowballJesse & JamesFluffy & Cuddles
Abbott & CostelloArthur & MerlinBasil & Sybil
Bill & TedBugs & DaffyCherry & Blossom
Costa & StarbuckDonny & MarieFred & Ginger
Gandalf & SarumanHanna & BarberaHomer & Marge
Jaq & GusLady & TrampLilo & Stitch
Mary Kate & AshleyMoonlight & SonataParsley & Thyme
Pongo & PerditaRainbow & SunshineRosemary & Sage
Salt & VinegarSherlock & WatsonSpongebob & Patrick
Thomas & DuchessTreacle & CustardWill & Grace
Zig & ZagAnt & DecBarbie & Ken
Batman & RobinBonnie & ClydeButternut & Squash
Choc & MochaDean & CastielDorothy & Toto
Fred & WilmaGimli & LegolasHansel & Gretel
Indiana & JonesJeeves & WoosterLancelot & Guinevere
Luke & LeiaMerry & PippinMorecambe & Wise
Peaches & CreamPorgy & BessRen & Stimpy
Rum & CokeSam & DeanShrek & Fiona
Starsky & HutchThomas & PercyTweedledum & Tweedledee
Woody & BuzzZippy & BungleAnthony & Cleopatra
Bashful & DocBen & JerryBrad & Angelina
Cagney & LaceyClementine and NutmegDolce & Gabbana
Edina & PatsyFrench & SaundersGinger & Rocky
Happy & SneezyJack & DanielJennifer & Jemima
Laurel & HardyMario & LuigiMickey & Minnie
Mork & MindyPinky & PerkyPosh & Becks
Rhubarb & CustardSage & OnionSausage & Mash
Simon & GarfunkelTarragon & ChiveTimon & Pumba
Waldorf & StatlerYin & YangAragorn & Arwen
Basil & OreganoBill & BenBubble & Squeak
Charlie & SnoopyCoffee & ChocolateDonald & Daisy
Fred & BarneyFrodo & SamGordon & Henry
Holly & Ivy Jack & JillKirk & Spock
Lennon & McCartneyMark & SpencerMiss Piggy & Kermit
Nemo & DoryPixie & ElfiePrince & Princess
Romeo & JulietSalt & PepperScooby & Shaggy
Sonny & CherThelma & LouiseTom & Jerry
Wallace & GromitZack & Cody

Allow Your Guinea Pig to do the Work

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By the time you have reached this point of the article, you may well have decided on the perfect guinea pig name. if not, then here are a few suggestions that will allow you to get your pet involved in the naming process.

1. If you have a guinea pig that is particularly sociable, assemble a few friends and have them sit in a circle. Assign a possible name to each person, and the first one that the guinea pig goes to is the name he will adopt.

2. Write possible names on a piece of paper and place some guinea pig food on each one. Scatter them in different places in the room and wait to see where he goes. The first paper he eats food off is the name that you will use.

The big thing here is that you shouldn’t stress about guinea pig names. Part of the fun of owning a pet as cute and cuddly as a guinea pig is choosing the perfect name for him. It may take a minute, but once you get to know him, we bet the choice will come to you.

 

Himalayan Guinea Pig: A Complete Care Guide

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Himalayan Guinea Pig – The more you know about a pet before you buy it, the better job you will do of caring for it. What food does it like to eat, and what special care does it need to stay happy and healthy?

In the case of the Himalayan guinea pig, you will end up with a pet that is fun to have around, but also one that needs more care than most. This is why we have put together a comprehensive care guide that will ensure you get the very most of out your furry little friend.

Himalayan Guinea Pig Appearance and Health

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There are 10 major breeds of guinea pig in the world, with the Himalayan though to be the Siamese cat of the group. While they are not particularly rare, they are incredibly fun to have around. They are easily recognized by their unique appearance, which we will outline below.

The Himalayan guinea pig is derived from the albino breed, and it comes with dark pigment on its ears, nose, and feet. When they are born, Himalayans are completely white, with those pigments coming as it ages.

The darkness and location of the colors depends on the exposure to heat. The cooler parts of the body will get darker coloring, which is why Himalayan guinea pigs that live in warmer climates tend to be lighter in color. There are times when the coloring of the pig may fade, with age, fear, and illness all factors in that.

The body of the Himalayan guinea pig is tube-shaped, with the head being shot and broad, and featuring a convex nose. It has large, droopy ears, and like other albinos, it had bright red eyes.

For the most part, Himalayans are healthy animals, but they are susceptible to sun damage due to being albino. Like most guinea pig breeds, they can experience common issues, such as diarrhea (from eating too many fruits and veggies), in-grown nails, mites, pneumonia, and vitamin C deficiency.

The Unique Elements of the Himalayan Guinea Pig

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The biggest difference between the Himalayan guinea pigs and other breeds is that they are albino. They will have the red eyes of an albino, as well as pigmentation on the ears, nose, and feet. That pigmentation starts to develop as the pigs age, with all Himalayans born completely white in color.

Himalayan Guinea Pig Behavior and Temperament

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The Himalayan guinea pig tends to be cute and cuddly, and is an animal that enjoys being handled and petted. It is this level of comfort with being handled that makes them a better pet for children than other breeds.

These are very social animals, and that is why they have become a common pet choice. They are very active in the daytime hours, and will make all kinds of funny little noises as they play and explore.

Himalayan guinea pig’s require a cage that gives them plenty of room to move around in. They will also enjoy running free in your home, but they need to be supervised, as they will get into areas that can be harmful for them.

Since Himalayans are social herd animals, it is probably best that they are kept in pairs. Even the most attentive owner will be unable to give them all the attention and companionship they, need, which is why a partner is a good idea. Guinea pigs that are paired with others tend to be happier, healthier and more confident and active.

Himalayan Guinea Pig Life Span

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These great little animals require a great deal of attention. It is important that they are always kept indoors, and owners with previous Himalayan experience tend to better understand their needs. With proper care, they can live as long as 10 years, but the average is more likely to be 5-7 years.

Himalayan Guinea Pig Care

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A little spot tucked away in a hidden corner of your home is an ideal spot for a guinea pig cage. Light is not their friend, so make it a darker, cozy spot if you want them to be happy. Leaving them in a place with a lot of light will lead to their colors starting to fade over time.

If you love the colors that they display, pay attention to the climate, as these little guys will see those colors darken in colder conditions. Their points will give you an idea of their general health, as well as to whether they are perhaps sick or frightened.

Make sure that the cage you choose has plenty of space inside. Ramps or shelves are not a good idea, as both can trap the feet of a guinea pig. A small box makes for an ideal hiding and sleeping spot, while the open space will allow him to play and exercise as needed.

Read more: Peruvian Guinea Pig – The Complete Guide for Owner

Cleaning a Himalayan Guinea Pig

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You should bathe your Himalayan guinea pig a minimum of once per month. The hair on this breed is quite short, so not a lot of grooming and brushing is required. Regular cage cleanings will help keep your pet happy and healthy.

Feeding a Himalayan Guinea Pig

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One of the most commonly asked questions about Himalayans is in regards what they can eat. If you have had another type of guinea pig in the past, you will find that their diets are quite similar.

There are food pellets made specifically for Himalayans, so have those on hand. They can all eat hay, fruit, and vegetables. The pellets are the staple of the diet, while the hay will help with the digestive system of the pig.

While fruits and vegetables are fine, they should be used as snacks or treats only, as too much can lead to diarrhea.

Diet Options

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The correct diet is one of the most important elements in caring for a guinea pig. You need to make sure that they get all the vitamin C and proteins they need to be healthy. Since guinea pigs cannot create their own vitamin C, it is important that they get it from grass, as well as fresh veggies and fruit.

When fruits and veggies are out of season, consider adding a vitamin C tablet into their water supply. The tablets will dissolve and be easy for the guinea pigs to ingest, and it will help them maintain their vitamin C levels during the winter months. You cannot overdose a guinea pig on these tablets, as they will expel any of the vitamin C they do not need.

Nutrient-filled snacks are always a great idea. These can include things like parsley, carrots, dandelion greens, romaine lettuce, tomato, spinach, and clover. Thigs to avoid are seeds, dried fruits, and nuts, as these are all potential choking hazards.

As mentioned earlier, hay is an essential part of the diet of your guinea pig. Fresh hay is excellent for the digestive system, and also contains traces of vitamin C. It’s worth spending a little extra to get top quality hay.

Orchard or Timothy grass is also good for the digestive system, whilst also ensuring that the teeth of the guinea pig do not grow too long. Fresh water should be placed in the cage on a daily basis.

This is pretty much all you need to know about properly looking after a Himalayan guinea pig. If you follow the guidelines listed in this piece, you will end up with a healthy happy animal that brings you many years of joy and love. They will reward your care with genuine affection.

Read more: All You Need to Know About Breeding Texel Guinea Pig

Himalayan Guinea Pig Breed

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The time may come when you decide that you want to breed your Himalayan guinea pigs. If you decide to go this route, it is important that you are properly prepared, and that you take the time to ensure that each animal goes to a good home. Below are some things that you will need to know about breeding.

Male guinea pigs reach sexual maturity as early as 3 months old. Female guinea pigs get there even sooner, and can be sexually mature at 2 months. Females are fertile throughout the year, but the best chance of them becoming pregnant occur during the spring months.

You can expect females to come into season every 14 days, with the average cycle running 24-48 hours. Both male and female of the species are fertile between 4-10 weeks of age, with a new estrous cycle occurring shortly after birth. Knowing the gender of each animal from the start is crucial to breeding.

You will notice that the female of the species have a flatter appearance with a definite “Y” shape. Males will display a little penis bud that appears to be in the shape of an “I.” It is best to have the male and female housed together until such times as you notice the female begin to fatten up. A firm belly is usually a sure sign that she is pregnant.

Once you have confirmed the pregnancy, the male should be removed from the cage, as there is the possibility that he will kill the little ones when they are born.

Breeding should be done at just the right time for females, with 6-8 months being the perfect age. If you wait till later than then, you run the risk of her having her pelvic bones fuse together, which could prove to be fatal when she is giving birth.

The average gestation period of a guinea pig comes in at around 68-72 days, which is quite long for a small mammal. Litter size can be anywhere from 1-8 pups, but you can usually expect 2-4 pups in a given litter. Females can produce as many as 5 litters per year.

When it is time for the female to give birth, she will often be crowded by males who are looking to become dominant and protect her and breed with her. If there was not a dominant male, all of the guinea pigs would try to breed with her, which can lead to craziness since the postpartum estrus cycle lasts little more than half a day.

Figuring out the gender of the babies at birth can be tough, but a good breeder can usually have it all figured out after a few weeks. When the guinea pigs reach 4 weeks of age, the males should be weaned and removed to a spate hutch so that they cannot impregnate the sow.

You have the option of leaving the females with the sow or putting them into their own hutches. All of them will be ready for their own space when they reach 6 weeks old.

Tackling Pneumonia in Himalayan Guinea Pigs

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If you have plans on bringing home a Himalayan guinea pig, you should first talk to a breeder or a vet about the best way to care for these wonderful creatures. This includes gathering information about common ailments that they may be faced with.

One of the more common issues that this breed suffers from in pneumonia, so you need to be able to recognize the signs. This infection arrives quickly and can be deadly if not dealt with as soon as possible.

Signs that your guinea pig may be suffering from pneumonia include lack of appetite, the appearance of being stressed or depressed, frequent sneezing, and an elevated body temperature. If you notice any of these symptoms with your guinea pig, get him to a vet as quickly as possible.

Conclusion

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The Himalayan guinea pig may be small, but he is big on love and affection. This explains why the breed is so popular with everyone from first-time pet owners to experienced guinea pig breeders.

They have a friendly disposition, love being handled, and are generally just fun to be around. They will love spending as much time with you as possible, which makes them a perfect pet.

The Different Breeds of Long Haired Guinea Pig

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Long Haired Guinea Pig – Guinea pigs, which are part of the rodent family, have become beloved pets in many western households. These cute animals ae often referred to as cavy’s, which comes from their Latin name Cavia Porcellus, but it should be noted that they are not from Guinea, and that they are certainly not pigs.

The long haired guinea pig breed is one that requires a lot of care, especially when it comes to their coat. If you live in an area where high temperatures are common, you will need to regularly trim the hair of your pet to prevent him from getting heat stroke or circulatory problems. The hair should be kept neat and tidy at all times, especially on the bottom, where bacteria may build up.

Interbreeding is big business in the guinea pig world, and that has helped create several different long haired breeds.

Long Haired Guinea Pig Breeds

Peruvian Guinea Pig

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The Peruvian guinea pig has the longest hair of all breeds, and this one actually holds the word record for the longest hair. It is not uncommon for their hair to grow to as long as 20 inches (50 cm), the reason for which may be that their hair grows straight instead of curly like other breeds.

This breed of long haired guinea pig has a natural parting down the back, and also has hair that will grow forward to cover their face.

As you might expect, the Peruvian guinea pig takes some work to look after, as the long hair can become knotted if not regularly combed. This can make life uncomfortable for him, which is why some owners choose to trim the hair on a regular basis. While this makes caring for him a little easier, the lack of hair does take away some of his charm.

As far as behavior goes, the Peruvian tends to be a little more inquisitive than other guinea pig breeds. The will take time to explore every inch of their environment, and since they are very aware, you can also expect a bigger reaction when you decide to spend some time with them.

Abyssinian Guinea Pig

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The Abyssinian guinea pig is one of the oldest species out there, and their appearance is one that people love. They have swirls in their long hair, and that makes them popular on the show circuit. If you want to show your Abyssinian guinea pig, look for it to have 8-10 rosettes (swirls), as that is sure to impress the judges.

The hair on the Abyssinian is not as long as that of the Peruvian, but it is still considered to be a long-haired guinea pig. Those swirls are a major draw for guinea pig lovers, and it is the people who show these animals who tend to be drawn to this breed.

The swirls, or rosettes, on the Abyssinian are similar to the crowns that humans have on their hair. The difference here is that while human hair has only one or two crowns, the number of swirls on this guinea pig can be as many as 8 to 10. These clashing rosettes cause little tufts, and as they usually come in pairs, you end up with a nice little pattern on the body.

Rosettes comes in several different colors, and it is not uncommon to see as many as 5 different shades on a single guinea pig. While these animals are cute to look at, they are not for the average pet owner. The hair requires a lot of attention in the form of regular combing, grooming, and washing.

As well as the hair, it is the character of the Abyssinian that makes it such a popular long haired guinea pig breed. They are playful, mischievous, and love to make a mess, but they are also very loving. As great as all that is, the need for regular upkeep makes them a poor choice as a pet for a child.

Silkie / Sheltie Guinea Pig

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Another long haired guinea pig breed is he silkie, which is also referred to as a sheltie. This is another breed that has straight hair, bur one of the biggest differences with this cavy is that its hair grows back from the head, almost giving it the appearance of a slicked back rocker from the 1950’s.

They do not have the usual middle parting in their hair, as the longer growth at the back gives them something of a pear-shaped appearance.

The hair on the silkie is incredibly soft and smooth, making them fun to handle and play with, but that hair does require a lot of attention. I you fail to brush and groom it regularly, it will become matted and uncomfortable for your pet.

This is another pet that isn’t really a good choice for kids, unless of course you are a parent willing to take on the grooming responsibilities. If you can take care of that side of things, then we guarantee that your kids will love the soft feel of these little guys.

Read more: Silkie Guinea Pig – Everything About Silkie Guinea Pigs

Texel Guinea Pig

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This long haired guinea pig is quite new to the world, as it wasn’t until 1998 that the breed was recognized by the American Cavy Breeders Association. Despite being late to the party, the texel guinea pig has become one of the more popular breeds, thanks in large part to their unique look.

While the texel has an appearance similar to the silkie, it has tighter hair curls covering its entire body. There are no rosettes to be found on the texel, and its curly hair covers its head, as well as its body.

Guinea pig enthusiasts love the texel, and tend to be particularly fond of the soft curly hair that covers this little guy, even growing along his belly. The unique look of this guinea pig has made it one of the more common breeds entered into shows.

Like all other long haired guinea pig breeds, the texel requires a lot of grooming, as their hair will tangle without it. This makes it a breed best suited to those with a lot of extra time on their hands, or for people interested in entering into the world of guinea pig shows.

Alpaca Guinea Pigs

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The alpaca guinea pig is quite rare, and you can sometimes only find them by going through specialist breeders.
This breed is sometimes referred to as the Merino Peruvian, and as that name suggests, it is akin to the Peruvian breed, albeit with curlier hair that grows forward of the face instead of back and away from it.

Ask the average guinea pig what they believe to be the most beautiful breed out there and you will hear many of them mention the alpaca. This breed needs almost constant attention, although it is not recommended that they be bathed too often, as this can lead to their skin becoming too dry.

As we mentioned earlier, this is a rare breed that you likely will not find in a store, but rather through a guinea pig breeder.

Lunkarya Guinea Pig

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It was the interbreeding of a rex and a Peruvian guinea pig that created the lunkarya breed. This breeding began in Scandinavia during the 80’s, and it is still in that part of the world where much of the breeding is still performed.

This long haired guinea pig has wavy hair that has that familiar center parting down the back. While the hair looks smooth, it is actually a little rougher than other guinea pig breeds, and it can become rather dense as it grows.

For a while the popularity of this breed waned, but breeding has picked up again, causing the numbers of lunkarya to rise.

There are 3 distinct types of the lunkarya out there, and they are the Lunkarya-Silkie, Linkarya-Peruvian, as well as Lunkarya-Coronet. Each of these breeds has long, rough hair that needs to be cared for just as carefully as the smooth hair that you find on other breeds of long haired guinea pigs.

Coronet guinea Pig

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The coronet guinea pig is a cross between the crested and the silkie guinea pigs. Their hair is long, and they have a distinctive swirl on their head.

While the hair of this breed is like the silkie in that it grows back from the head, it is different in that it also has a crest, which is like a symmetrical version of a rosette. This crest is unique in that it tends to be a different color than the hair on the body of the guinea pig. The overall appearance of this crest makes it appear as though the animal is wearing a cute little crown.

Sheba Mini Yak Guinea Pig

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This breed was first created in Australia, and have genes that are derived from the long haired and short haired guinea pigs.

The general appearance of the Sheba mini yak guinea pig is a cross between a Peruvian and an Abyssinian, although their hair is a little shorter than both.

This mix of short and long hairs is sometimes found on smooth-coated guinea pigs, although there is no specific nickname for it.

Perhaps the most distinctive feature of the Sheba mini yak is it whiskers, which look like a mutton chop mustache. The tend to have several rosettes, the look of which makes them appear shaggy.

These animals always look as though they are having a bad day, but it is a look that makes them beloved, and it has to be said that their cheerful demeanor also helps.

English Merino Guinea Pig

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This breed is like a coronet guinea pig, albeit a much curlier version. Other differences include wavier hair and a rosette located back between the ears as opposed to on top of the head. This long haired guinea pig has curly hair on it body and shorter hair, complete with a swirl, on its head.

The English merino is a rather rare breed of cavy that come in several different colors. These animals are very fun to have around, but they are another breed that requires a lot of work.

Like most rare breeds, the English Merino usually needs to be bought through a breeder. Their hair requires a lot of maintenance, especially since bedding, hay, and even excrement can become picked up by it. You will also need to make sue to bathe the English merino and trim its nails once per month.

Angora Guinea Pig

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This is a breed of long haired guinea pig that is still found in Europe, but which may be tough to find in other parts of the world. The Angora comes complete with 8 cowlicks located as follows: 4 on the back, 2 at the front, and 2 on the haunch.

Mohair Guinea Pig

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The name nor breed of the mohair guinea pig is officially accepted yet. It is a cross breed of the angora and texel, and it has long curly hair complete with cowlicks.

Conclusion

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As you can see, long-haired guinea pigs come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors. This variation means that there is a long-haired breed out there to suite every taste. While there are differences between each breed, the behaviors tend to be the same, with some subtle differences. The Peruvians are nosier than most, while the Abyssinians are all about having fun.

The one caveat with long haired guinea pigs is that while they are fun to own, they also require a lot of maintenance. This means that they may not be the ideal pet for little kids, but they are really excellent pets for those who have time to look after them, and who may be considering a show pet.

Do Guinea Pigs Bite? [Top Reasons]

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Do Guinea Pigs Bite? – If you have a plan of buying a guinea pig as your pet, the most essential thing to consider is do guinea pigs bit? Knowing this is very essential most significantly if you have kids at home who’ll be interacting with this creature.

Do Guinea Pigs Bite?

Like other kinds of pets out there, guinea pig also bites in spite of their gentle and lovely appearance. Biting isn’t a manner you need to fret about when planning to get a guinea pig as a pet. A lot of guinea pigs bite for some reasons. This biting behavior only regarded as nipping, wherein they do not bite hard and do not break your skin.

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However there are also types of guinea pigs that really for one good reason bite harder. They could break your skin and take a piece of your flesh. Research shows that biting is a type of communication, meaning if you are bitten by your guinea pig, he or she has something to say to you.

Reasons why Guinea Pig Bite

Scared

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Any pet or creatures which feels threatened will surely going to a beast mode, and guinea pig is not an exception. When feels scared in any way, or not safe, he might lash out and bite you.

Accidentally Touch the Sore Spot

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Oftentimes guinea pigs will bite as you are handling her as she has a sore spot or accidentally touched her where she does not want to touch. Also oftentimes this animal will get mites and have receptive skin as an outcome, and once you touch them, this creature impulsively bite.

When Handled Roughly

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When you handled your pet roughly, he will respond with a bite as he is frightened or scared of falling.

He Need to Pee

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There are breeds of guinea pigs which have been notorious to nip or bite once they are being held. On the other hand have to pee or urinate.

Mistook Had for Food

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This small creature has a superb sense of smell. Once your hand has the smell of food and you hold him, he may bite you thinking that it is food. So, you need to wash your hands properly prior to holding your guinea pig pet.

Doesn’t Like to Be Held

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It is not common, but this creature may bite when he doesn’t like to be held and feel annoyed. When you have been holding him for a while and suddenly lashes out and bite you, this may be the main reason.

Read more: Is Your Guinea Pig Sneezing?

Likes to Groom You

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This pet love grooming each other, in case you are holding your guinea pig and he bites you, he may only be trying to groom you.

Just Young

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A young guinea pig is still in the learning process and trying his limits, therefore biting could be common amongst young guinea pigs. Once your pet is still a months old, and often bites you, it can be that he is only young and will outgrow this behavior as he mature.

Wants to Chew

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The teeth of guinea pig are continuously growing and he or she might want to chew in order to keep his teeth from growing long as well. Once he’s nothing to gnaw on or experiencing from poor diet and feels the demands to gnaw on something, it is relatively likely that can translate into biting. Ensure your pet has chances to gnaw on things.

Dental Problems

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When there is something wrong with her mouth or teeth, this creative will nibble to impulsively try to fix what is ailing her. Like for instance, an older one could have malocclusion when she doesn’t get sufficient hay in her diet. Have your pet checked by a veterinary from possible issues which could result in biting.

Bad Attitude

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This creature has temperament like anyone else; therefore an infrequent bite can just signify that she has a bad mood. But, once she bites you hard and regularly, and you have done the whole thing you can to know the reason but see nothing, it can be that your pet has just a bad attitude.

This case is not common. Oftentimes love patience as well as safety showered abundantly over a long span of time could alter her bad disposition into a peaceful and friendlier one.

Read more: Proper Way to Bath Your Guinea Pig

Why Guinea Pig Bite Cage Bars?

Often times these creatures do not bite their master, however you see then nibbling the cage bars most of the time. Here are reasons why they are doing it:

Want More Space

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Once you keep this animal penned up in a narrow cage without any chance to lope around, he will often nibble the bars to express his discontentment. The best thing to do is to provide your guinea pig some free range time on a daily basis or get a bigger pen.

He’s Fed Up

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Spent time interacting with your guinea pig or give him toys is the best way to avoid him from being fed up. One he is alone, perhaps you must consider getting him a partner. Guinea pig in nature is very social animal and wants companionship. They aren’t intended to sit along all day and every day.

How to Avoid Guinea Pig from Biting

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The most excellent approach to stop your pet from biting is know precisely why he doing this and fix that issue. Avoid punishing your pet. Some may tap their pet on nose. Inflicting any pain on your guinea pig isn’t going to get him to put off from biting. It will just worsen the condition. Once you’re pet bite a lot, try slowly introducing your hands into the pen-gradually- each time you try to pick your guinea pig up.

Ensure to get your guinea pig checked out or examined by a professional veterinary to know any medical issues which may be causing his bad activity. Behavior does not change overnight, so patience is very essential here. Work with your pet on a daily basis, and due course his action will alter for good.

Is Your Guinea Pig Sneezing?

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Guinea Pig Sneezing – Guinea pigs are prone to sneezing because of a dusty environment, same as you, especially when there is hay all over their cage. As a beginner, you might be wondering if it is possible for your guinea pig to sneeze.

So, if your guinea pig sneezes every occasionally, you have no need to worry. This is completely normal, and sometimes, it can mean your guinea pig is unwell. Sneezing can be caused by dusty hay.

When a guinea pig begins sneezing uncontrollably, it’s time to take a trip to the vet. You see, guinea pigs are prone to infection. So, the sneezing could be a bacterial infection; if you notice this symptom, it would be wise to take your guinea pig to the vet right away.

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If you wait, you won’t be able to get an emergency appointment if you don’t establish yourself with the vet. It is compulsory to monitor your guinea pig’s health and provide adequate care for him to avoid emergency situations by engaging yourself with the vet.

Your guinea pig can have an upper respiratory infection, also known as URI, and when you notice the first symptom of bacterial infection, such as sneezing, they need prompt medical attention, and you might require an exotic vet for your guinea pig.

Don’t wait until your guinea pig gets sick before seeking the vet’s attention; it can mean the difference between life and death, because your guinea pig can die in a day or less if proper care is not administered.

A visit to the vet means the doctor would assess your guinea pig for infections and possible dehydration. He might recommend an x-ray, and the vet would use his stethoscope to check the guinea pig’s lungs and heart.

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In a scenario where your guinea pig needs antibiotics, the vet’s instruction should be properly followed because guinea pigs are sensitive to antibiotics. These antibiotics should be given to your guinea pig by mouth and not injected. You should watch how your guinea pig responds to the medication after making sure your guinea pig takes the antibiotics.

Proper care should be taken, and proper instruction from the vet is necessary, as your guinea pig cannot take penicillin or erythromycin with other medications that end in -cillin or -mycin.

Antibiotics disturb the natural bacterial balance in the guinea pig’s intestines, which could cause your guinea pig to have diarrhea or become dehydrated and might die from administering the wrong dosage.

Self-medication is not advised when your guinea pig is sick, as you might not know the right step to take. Where proper care is needed to treat your guinea pig, it can take him some weeks to recover from a URI.

See also: Proper Way to Bath Your Guinea Pig

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Guinea Pig Sneezing Because Bothered Nose

Your guinea pig might experience a bothered nose due to a vitamin deficiency called cheilitis or a fungal condition which might cause sneezing in your guinea pig. The vitamin deficiency in your guinea pig can cause crusting along the guinea pig upper nose and lip.

If you notice a fungus infection that appears in form of small patches of bare skin, a quarantine should be done on your guinea pig immediately as it can spread to the other guinea pig that are not affected.

You can take a sanitary measure by treating him with an antifungal shampoo or creams that contains miconazole, ketoconazole, or clotrimazole. It is advisable to clean the crusted area before applying the cream.

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Your guinea pig may also develop small irritating sores which is related to Vitamin C deficiency. You can give your guinea pig 10 to 30 mg/kg of vitamin C every day but care should be taken to not overdo it in case there is some quantity of vitamin C in his daily regimen already.

A visit to the vet is important as he is more experienced and can carry out a definitive diagnosis of the guinea pig sneezing and the irritating sores.

Sneezing in your guinea pig is a possible symptom of illness and can lead to a worse situation for your guinea pig, whenever you are in doubt, a call to the vet is the right step to take. Don’t wait till the sickness gets worst or leads to illness before taking drastic actions. Make a call to the vet today.

Guinea Pig Bath – Proper Way to Bath Your Guinea Pig

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Guinea Pig Bath – Guinea pigs are somewhat like cats with their grooming habits. They are quite capable of grooming themselves. They lick their fur with their tongue and remove dust and loose fur with their nails. A gentle brush or comb will not only keep your Guinea pig clean, but it will also serve as a good skin massage.

It will also ensure that you give your Guinea pig some tender loving care and attention. In addition to this, grooming gives you the chance to discover parasites and skin problems before they become serious concerns.

Top Reasons Why You Should not Bath Guinea Pig Everyday

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Guinea pigs don’t usually need a bath since they can generally take care of themselves. So, it isn’t absolutely necessary that you bath them unless you notice that they are particularly dirty.

This shouldn’t have to be done too often since most cavies do not enjoy water. As a matter of fact, the water can make them very nervous. For this reason, you should wash them.

Guinea Pig Bath Time

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When is the Best Time to Bath Your Guinea Pig?

Your guinea pig will need a bath when it has lice or when very dirty. It is wise to bate your guinea pig in a parasite wash to prevent them from becoming infested with lice and parasites during the summer months.

In order to keep your guinea pig healthy and clean, give them a powder bath. They are good for restoring the shine in your guinea pig’s coat, as well as removing minor stains and dirty spots. This can be done by using a brush special cleaning power made for guinea pigs.

See Also: Can Guinea Pigs Eat Celery

Proper Way to Bath Your Guinea Pig

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  • First, don’t use your own soap when bathing your guinea pig. It is highly recommended to use a shampoo or soap that is made exclusively for guinea pigs.
  • For the bath itself, don’t put your guinea pig in a bath tub. Never immerse him in water since they were abhorrent of it. The best thing you can do is to stand them either on your bathroom floor or your kitchen sink and shower them lightly through a shower head. Use a soft brush to brush your guinea pig during the bath.
  • Once you are done, you can then wipe your guinea pig with clean and soft towel. Be careful in doing this. Apart from possibly hurting your guinea pig, it is possible that you will startle her if you cover her eyes.
  • You can also use a dryer on the lowest speed. This gets the job done fast.

One important thing to bear in mind is never to give your guinea pig a bath during the winter months. These are very cold months of the year and can results in illness.

For those people who have guinea pig at home, this guide will greatly help you to know the proper way to take good care of your guinea pig. For more details about guinea pig, it is best to browse the web or have a research about guinea pig.

All You Need to Know About Breeding Texel Guinea Pig

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Texel Guinea Pig – There are several different guinea pig breeds, but one of the newest is the Texel guinea pig. This is a beautiful animal, and we want to give you some insight into how to breed them.

One of the main reasons why the Texel guinea pig has become one of the most sought after cross-breeds is because of their long curly coat. Their stock really rose in 1998 when the American Cavy Breeders Association recognized the Texel guinea pig as an official breed. They are now popping up in homes across the globe.

If you don’t know much about the Texel guinea pig, don’t feel bad, as it’s still a little-known breed, particularly since they are harder to get your hands on than the standard American guinea pig. We hope that this article will tell you all you need to know about this wonderful animal.

The Unique Characteristics of the Texel Guinea Pig

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One look at the Texel guinea pig and you will understand why it is sometimes known as the “long-haired Sheltie.” The hair on the Texel is a little longer than that of the Sheltie breed, but it’s the curliness of those locks that really sets this breed apart. That distinctive coat has led to the Texel guinea pig being given all manner of creative names.

Texel Guinea Pig Facts

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Here are a few quick facts that will help you get to know the Texel guinea pig a little better:

  1. It’s a non-self variety of guinea pig.
  2. They are an officially classified breed.
  3. The first Texel was born in England back in the 1980’s, the product of a cross-breeding between Silkie and Rex guinea pigs.
  4. The ACBA officially recognized the breed in 1998.
  5. The entire animal needs to be covered in curls of a corkscrew shape in order for the guinea pig to be recognized as a Texel.
  6. You won’t find a Texel guinea pig in your pet shop, as they are only ever found via breeders or rescues.
  7. The whole body of the Texel is covered in curly hair with a part in the back.
  8. The facial hair of the Texel is different depending on its genetics, but for the most part it is shorter in order to avoid suffocation.
  9. There may not always be hair under the ears and jawline.
  10. Compared to other breeds, the Texel has a shorter body.
  11. Its head is round and wide.
  12. You can also get Satin Texels, which are guinea pigs with a denser shinier coat, but this breed is yet to be recognized by the American Cavy Breeders Association.

The Origins of the Texel Guinea Pig

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As mentioned earlier, it was the cross breeding of a Silkie guinea pig and a Rex guinea pig that led to the first Texel being born in England in the 80’s.

In the years that followed, more cross breeding took place to arrive upon the Texel that we know and love today. There were so many crosses during that time that the exact lineage is almost impossible to pinpoint.

By the time 1998 rolled around, we had the Texel guinea pig that is now starting to be popular in homes and shows across the world. The increasing popularity of this breed led the ACBA to finally recognize it and add it to their association.

See Also: Peruvian Guinea Pig

The Texel Guinea Pigs Personality Traits

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Like most animals, it’s not really the breed that plays a major role in the personality, as each individual animal is different. That said, there are some common characteristics that can be seen across the entire Texel breed.

The majority of Texel guinea pigs have a similar personality to other long-haired breeds, which is to say that they are quite well behaved. That said, you will discover that the Texel is a little more active than Silkies and Peruvians, but on the whole, they are still more tranquil.

If you own a Texel and notice a marked change in their behavior, it could be a sign that they are sick. It’s always a good idea to visit the vet in these situations, just to be sure.

Caring for a Texel Guinea Pig

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Before we get into caring for a Texel guinea pig, it needs to be said that these are not the ideal pets for kids or people who have never owned a guinea pig. These wonderful little animals will take up a lot of your time, especially when it comes to grooming, which needs to be done daily.

Here are all the ways in which they require your attention:

  • The hair of the Texel will pick up excrement if allowed to drag on the floor.
  • The bedding and hay in the cage can become stuck in the hair.
  • You will need to keep their hair neat and trimmed around the anus, otherwise excrement can build up and mat the hair.
  • Scurfy skin and ear wax build-ups are common in the Texel, so keep an eye out for both.
  • Bathing regularity is about the same as other guinea pigs, which is about once per month.
  • Nails need to be trimmed on a monthly basis.
  • A healthy diet will consist of veggies, timothy hay, vitamin c pellets, and fresh water.

How to House a Texel Guinea Pig

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The ideal shelter for a Texel is a cage that is at least 7 feet square in size. These guys need a little room to roam, so the more space the better. They will also benefit from time outside the cage interacting with other animals, although this should only be done in a safe environment.

Inside the cage, you should have comfortable bedding, toys, water and food containers, and a little house they can snuggle up in.

The Diet of the Texel Guinea Pig

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A heathy and happy Texel is one that easts a balanced diet. A little bit of variety is good, as this will ensure that he gets all he needs to be healthy. Daily vegetable servings are good, although you should pay attention to see how he reacts to the veggies you serve. A wet stool is a sign that he is not reacting well to a particular type of food, so remove that from his diet when you see this.

Texel’s need a lot of vitamins, which is something they can get from foods such as carrots, broccoli, cucumber, parsley, and more. When you add new veggies to his diet, be sure to do so gradually, as adding them in too quickly can lead to an upset stomach for the Texel.

Hay is also important to the Texel guinea pig, so introduce it as soon as you bring a baby home. Alternatives to hay include pet grass and several different veggie leaves.

Vitamin C is a key element in the diet of the Texel guinea pig, which is something that you can get from the veggies that you feed him. Vitamin C supplements can be added to the diet of you are concerned that he is not getting enough. If you have a young Texel, or one that is pregnant, you will need to increase the daily intake of the vitamin.

Pellets should also be a regular part of the diet, as you can expect the Texel to eat roughly 1/8 cup of pellets per day, on top of his regular diet of hay, water, and veggies. Look for pellets with Vitamin C, and buy smaller amounts that can be easily refrigerated.

Fresh water is an essential part of the Texel’s diet, but do not add anything else to the water.

Grooming the Texel Guinea Pig

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Given the length of their hair, it goes without saying that Texel’s need regular grooming. Maintaining the length of the hair will make your grooming efforts a good deal easier. Pay special attention to his backside, as excrement and urine can be an issue there.

Ear wax can quickly build up because of all the hair they have around the ears. Regularly check for wax and clean as needed. Regular trimming of all their hair will keep them happy and comfortable, whilst also reducing the risk of a variety of different infections. As well as trimming the hair, make sure to wash it monthly in order to avoid matting.

Safety or hairdresser scissors are good tools for the job, but they are not quite as effective or accurate as electric clippers. You can keep matting at bay by regularly running your fingers through the Texel’s hair, which they love, but when you brush, the best results come from a wired tooth comb. When you perform the monthly bathing of your Texel, take the time to trim their nails, too.

Bathing Your Texel Guinea Pig

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While you can skip the baths with most guinea pig breeds, bathing is an essential part of caring for a Texel. This is because their hair can drag on the floor, picking up urine and excrement as they go. Stick to bathing your Texel around once per month.

Showing Your Texel Guinea Pig

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The unusual look of the Texel guinea pig makes them an obvious choice for shows. Taking them to a show is an excellent way to exhibit the unique look and personality of the Texel.

Once there, they will be judged on their appearance, as well as on their personality and behavior. A well-maintained coat that is healthy, and which shows off the pattern and colors is usually a very big hit with the judges.

Common Diseases & Treatments

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It is a lack of vitamin C that can cause common issues such as pneumonia and hair loss. Avoiding pneumonia is often as simple as keeping your guinea pig indoors in a dry, warm setting. Sores and hair loss may be a sign of the presence of lice or fleas, which can usually be treated with shampoos or powders that can be purchased at your local pet shop.

Diarrhea and intestinal issues may be a sign that your guinea pig has a diet containing to much fruit, sugar, carbs, and starch. Grass in their diet is a good way to combat this, although, you should refrain from feeding him too many dark, leafy greens. On the flipside, a diet that is lacking in roughage, or is too dry, may lead to constipation.

If you notice that your guinea pig is favoring one side, or is walking in circles, it may be that he has a middle ear infection that will require a visit to the vet.

Antibiotics can be used to treat respiratory and eye infections caused by Pasturellosis, and also streptococcal infections. Enlarged neck glands are a sign of pseudotuberculosis, which can be fatal if not treated by a vet. Disease carriers in colonies can deliver a condition known as Salmonellosis, which can be rapidly deteriorating.

Pairing two males in the same cage or having to many guinea pigs in a small space can lead to wounds developing. The animals should be separated to prevent fighting, and the wounds should be bathed in a mild antiseptic.

Old age cannot be prevented, but you can give your Texel guinea pig a long, healthy, happy life by following all the tips outlined above.

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While the Texel guinea pig is one of the most beautiful looking breeds, they are also one that requires a lot of work, so be prepared to be dedicated if you buy one. This is an animal that you are going to want to show off, so be sure to look after him as best you can.

Teddy Guinea Pig Owners Guide

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Teddy Guinea Pig – Teddy guinea pig is a much-adored breed, and it is often sought due to its unique appearance and distinctive show qualities. The name is crafted from its unique qualities that resemble a stuffed teddy bear with a round nose and a fuzzy coat.

According to the latest statistics, Teddy guinea pigs are now gaining popularity around the world due to their friendly nature unlike several years ago. They have a warm personality, and they bond with people very quickly and easily.

If you do not have lots of time, then this is the breed that will suit you or your children. Teddy Guinea Pig closely looks like the American Guinea Pig, and several people have difficulties differentiating between the two breeds.

Origins of Teddy Guinea Pig

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They were baptised Teddy Guinea Pigs due to their likeness to the teddy bears and other small toy animals. Just like stuffed toy animals, they have a short and thick coat as well as a broad cute nose that is admirable. Putting a teddy bear and a Teddy Guinea pig next to each other will prove that they were correctly named.

Teddy guinea pig is a product of genetic mutation, and it is considered as the latest breed of teddy bears. Different individuals have a different opinion on the pros and cons of the new breed. Some people will appreciate its coat appearance while others will be dissatisfied to realise that it doesn’t have super powers.

There is no documented evidence of their discovery, but it is believed that the breed was as a result of a research program that aimed at breeding teddy bears.

As mentioned earlier, Teddy guinea pig breed resulted from genetic manipulation and the DNA transfiguration that resulted is the one responsible for their beautiful fur. Nonetheless, this manipulation didn’t affect their overall health.

Scientific breeding programs lead to DNA manipulation of an organism, and it is believed that Teddy guinea pig is a product of such scientific experimentation. For example, the Skinny Pig is a product of genetic manipulation developed for dermatology testing.

In 1978, the breeders took up the challenge of developing Teddy guinea pig for competition purposes. After a successful operation, they were recognised by the American Cavy Breeders Association.

Teddy Guinea Pig Coat

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Compared to the American guinea pig, Teddy guinea pig coat is thick, dense and rough. Some people will confuse it with the Abyssinian coat due to their similarity, but their difference is that the Teddy coat is short with no distinct parts and swirls.

A majority of the Teddy guinea pig have light coats, but if you are a pet person, you can find some with softer coats. Nonetheless, if you are interested in showcasing your guinea page to competition, the light coat is more appealing to judges, and it is ranked higher.

In case you want to have a clue of Teddy’s feel, you can use an Abyssinian texture although some differences occur between the appearance of the two breeds. For instance, Teddy’s coat is uniformly spread over its whole body, whereas the Abyssinian fur has rosettes.

Another breed that is also recognised is the Satin Teddy which has similar qualities with a shinier coat. Teddy breeds can possess any cavy’s species common colour patterns such as agouti, grey, or black.

Extra Features

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The nose is another outstanding feature of the Teddy guinea pig. The nose is upturned just like that of an American cavy, and it is commonly called “Roman nose”. In comparison to other teddy breeds, you will notice that the nose is much curved and wide.

See also: All You Need to Know About Breeding Texel Guinea Pig

Teddy Guinea Pig Personality

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This guinea pig is good hearted, attention seeking and very curious. They like to interact with human beings, and they warm up quite easily and quickly. If you are looking for a household pet, consider having a Teddy guinea pig as they are energetic and playful, and they like entertaining people with their tricks.

Guinea pigs have gained popularity due to their ability to socialize easily with humans. During the daytime, they are active, curious and gentle. They entertain people using their rumbles, whines, whistles, chirps, purrs and squeals.

Due to their playful nature, they need a large room to play around and play. With supervision, they can be allowed to play or run in the house and kept at bay from places such as the garage which could be hazardous to them.

Guinea pigs should be kept in duals or trios as they are social animals and most importantly, they are herd animals. People cannot substitute the companion guinea pig give to one another due to their busy schedules.

Therefore, it is recommended that you keep them in duals or trios to enhance their social nature. It has been observed that guinea pigs reared in duals or trios are more active, healthier and happier.

Teddy Guinea Pig Life Span

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The soft and fuzzy appearance of the Teddy guinea pig is as a result of its strong body nature accompanied by its short and dense hair. As compared to other average guinea pigs, it is somewhat costly and smaller.

The lifespan of the guinea pig is between 4 – 5 years, nut with ideal conditions it can live up to 7 years. Large guinea pigs are known to live longer, and their life span ranges between 8 to 11 years.

Teddy Guinea Pig Care and Grooming

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Teddy pig’s fur is short, and this characteristic makes their grooming easier, and the frequency of washing is much less. Daily brushing is not recommended, but at least they should be brushed once per week to rid of dust and dirt caught on their fur as well as their excess fur. A soft brush is recommended while grooming them since a hard or wired brush will scratch or damage their subtle skin.

One major characteristic of Teddy guinea pig that stands out from the other breeds is their dry skin, and this, therefore, means that they should be bathed at least thrice in a year to prevent their skin from drying out.

Nonetheless, guinea pigs are immaculate animals, and they should only be cleaned when it is necessary with a medicated shampoo that is recommended by the vets.

One important thing that you should watch out for a while grooming them is the buildup of earwax. This should be removed using a moist warm towel. You should avoid using sharp objects to remove stubborn wax as this can damage their eardrum. Instead, use some mineral oil which helps in loosening it before you remove it.

You should give particular attention to grooming activities such cage cleaning, frequent nail cleaning, and cleaning the grease glands close to the tail area.

Feeding the Teddy Guniea Pig

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Guinea pig feeding program should be supplemented with Vitamin C. They should be fed at least twice every day to keep them healthy and energetic. Just like any other animal, guinea pigs do not have the capabilities to manufacture Vitamin C in their body, and therefore their feeds should be supplemented with Vitamin C.

Among the recommended foods include pellet food, hay as well as vegetables and other green fresh. These foods should regularly be supplied in small portions to keep its metabolism active.

Teddy Guinea Pig Diet

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A mixed diet of fresh fruits, Timothy hay, vegetables and fresh fruits is recommended for Teddy Guinea Pigs. Commercial foods such as dried fruits, nuts, and seeds should be avoided or supplied as treats and not as daily food. Timothy hay is recommended as a regular stable because it helps in digestion and keeps the teeth healthy and hygienic.

Leafy greens which are rich in green pigmentation such as spinach, kales, romaine lettuce should be supplied every day and should constitute a higher percentage of Teddy’s feed. Veggies like carrots, tomatoes, and green pepper can be offered on a regular basis.

Fruits are tasty but should not be offered in large quantities as they contain high esters or sugars. Offer them small portions such as a slice of a banana, a thin apple slice, an orange piece, or few strawberries.

Providing a lot of fresh produce will result to diarrhoea of the Teddy guinea pig and therefore should be kept in check. Remove any uneaten food after some hours to maintain the hygiene and health of the guinea pigs.

Vitamin C is very crucial for animals, and since it is not manufactured by animal’s body, it is recommended to at least have it supplemented in every meal. Vitamin C supplement should be obtained from fresh fruits and vegetables as well as high-quality feeds such as pellets.

A well varied and balanced diet should contain enough vitamin C but in case your pig experiences deficiencies, you can purchase commercial vitamin C supplements from certified vets.

Any food that has sugars in it should not be given to Teddy guinea pig as food. This includes lollies, chocolate, Raw Beans, Iceberg lettuce, Potatoes, Dairy, Multi-vitamins, Meat, Rhubarb, corn, or Tomato leaves.

Also, any hay or grass that is sprayed with pesticides should be avoided at all cost whether it is to be used for bedding or feeding.

Teddy guinea pigs tend to develop a reflex action towards feeding programs. Therefore, ensure the time of feeding is consistent. They develop stress if their food program is changed varied from one day to the other.

Water should never lack in their cages, and it is recommended that you put it on gravity flowing water containers preferably stable earthen food dishes.

See also: Can Guinea Pigs Eat Celery?

Teddy Guinea Pig Cage

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The best shelter is a well secured and well-ventilated cage. It should have ample space for playing and exercising as well as besting. The cage should also have separate sections for feeding and bathing. Most of the commercial cages are minute for a Teddy guinea pig to live comfortably.

Therefore, the Humane Society of U.S has set guidelines on the minimum measurement that a cage should have. A cage housing a minimum of 1 to 2 guinea pigs should be 7.5 square foot. The floor of the cages should be stable and not wired to prevent injuring its legs.

An array of materials can be used to make bedding. These materials can be a towel, fleece, wood pellets, aspen shavings as well as commercial paper bedding. Volatile aromatic plant products such as raw pine and cedar shavings should be avoided as they bring about health problems. Another type of beddings to avoid are the straw and corncob beddings as they have a tendency of developing molds.

One shelter is recommended for each guinea pig. Several types of cages are available commercially, but you can as well improvise and use something like a cardboard box. Guinea pigs also like having flat ramps, log caves, tunnels or even toys that are safer to play with. Play balls are hazardous to the Teddy guinea pigs especially if they are sized wrong as they can injure its spine.

Position your Teddy pigs cage out of direct sun, away from the draft, and next to indoor activities. Room temperatures of 65 to 75ͦ F (18 -24֯ C) are the best for guinea pigs. Make sure you clean cage at least twice per week, but the frequency can as well be determined by the no. of guinea pigs present, the size of the enclosure as well as the type of bedding used.

Teddy Guinea Pig Show Contesting

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Teddies have been popularly known in shows due to their appealing nature. Their qualities make them stand out in competitions and judges tend to rank them higher, and breeders have taken an active role even to improve these qualities especially the coats qualities. Therefore, if you are a show person, below details will be of much interest to you.

As mentioned earlier, the judges pay particular attention to a teddy’s coat. Therefore, the thickness of the fur is very crucial. You can be able to discern how dense the cavy’s coat will be by examining the fur covering it immediately it is born.

Owners should watch the development and density of fur of the Teddy as it develops closely. The most important phase to observe is the “fluff phase”. This is the period where you can be able to judge if your teddy will make an excellent animal for competition shows. The fluff phase can be attained after 3- 4 weeks after birth.

Over the years, breeders have observed that the Teddies that are ranked high are the ones that develop steadily and slowly, attaining the fluff phase at 4 – 5 weeks. It takes around 5 – 6 months for the Teddy guinea pig to fully develop an adult texture with a dense, thick coat.

The qualities that are makes judges rank a teddy high include clear and defined color patterns as well as uniformity of the teddy coat. Softer fur earns fewer marks as compared to rough coats. The size of the cavy also matters when it comes to awarding max. Therefore, feed your teddy properly.

It takes only 3 – 4 months for a shows Teddy to reach 2 pounds. Most of the show’s objective is to look for an example of a prime Teddy.

Conclusion

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In case you are a pet loving person, then a Teddy guinea pig is your best choice. It is cute, humorous, curious, and an interesting animal to live within your home. Whenever possible, consider pairing them up as you cannot substitute the companionship of two or trio Teddies.

Teddy guinea pigs are the best breeds to choose from as they are social and mingle with the humans very easily and quickly. Therefore, if you want a companion or a competition piggy, visit one of your nearest pet shop or stores. Teddy guinea pigs can be found in most pet shop or stores.

Is it Okay for Guinea Pigs to Eat Apples?

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Can Guinea Pigs Eat Apples? – We all know that apples, which are high in dietary fiber, are one of the healthiest foods that you can add to your diet, but what effect will they have on your pet?

Specifically, we are talking about guinea pigs. Is it okay for your cavy to chow down on this delicious fruit. The simple answer is yes, but there are some things you should be aware of.

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Apples?

Obviously, the digestive system of a guinea pig differs from that of a human. Guinea pigs need foods high in fiber and low in fats and sugars, as well as needing foods rich in vitamin C.

This all adds up to the fact that apples are fine for your guinea pig to eat, but before you go crazy and start loading them up with apples, there are some things you should be aware of. First and foremost, apples should only be used as treats as opposed to the main part of the guinea pig’s diet.

The key elements of the diet of a guinea pig should be vitamin C pellets, fresh hay, and a steady supply of fresh, clean water. A good amount of leafy green vegetables is also good.

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While fruits and vegetables are healthy, the should be served in moderation, and used solely as treats. Guinea pigs love apples, but there are more important things in their diet. They should be eating much more fiber than sugar.

Guinea pigs do not have the ability to make their own vitamin C, which is why they need it as a supplement. Apples can provide that, but they also come loaded with sugar, which is not good. The sugar in apples is natural, but still hard for a guinea pig to digest, which can in turn lead to digestive issues. Too much sugar being added to the diet of a guinea pig is unhealthy, just as it would be or you if all you ate was candy and sugary snacks.

A single apple of medium size contains roughly 18 grams of sugar.

Apples for Guinea Pigs: The Pros and Cons

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Feeding apples to your guinea pig comes with several pros and cons. One of the positives is the vitamin C that apples provide, especially since guinea pigs cannot produce their own. The biggest downside is the amount of sugar found in apples.

While that sugar is natural, it is still not healthy for guinea pigs to have too much of it in their diet. Too much sugar is probably the worst thing that a guinea pig can have in their daily diet.

Are Apples Good for Your Guinea Pig?

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We are all well aware of the food that are bad for us, but most of us still go ahead and eat them. Guinea pigs will absolutely do the same, and they will devour apples any time you add them to their food bowl.

While apples are certainly healthy for adults, they are not quite the same for guinea pigs. The amount of sugar in an apple is akin to giving them sugary snacks at every meal. Apples are fine when used as an occasional treat for your pet, but not as a part of their everyday diet.

The good news here is that you are in total control of how they eat, but just as you can sometimes spoil your kids with sugary snacks, you can do the same with your guinea pigs. We understand that you want your pet to be happy, but the best way to do that is to feed him a diet that is good for his digestive system. That means sticking to the proper daily foods and saving apples for special treats.

The proper diet for a guinea pig consists of vitamin C pellets, fresh hay, and dark greens, as well as a fresh supply of clean water.

Putting Apples to the Test

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Generally speaking, guinea pigs will love apples when you offer them up as a treat, but it’s also worth noting that not all pigs are the same. Some will crave apples while others will turn up their nose at them.

Any time that you introduce a new food into the diet of your guinea pig, it’s always a good idea to do a test run. Guinea pigs have a tendency to be a little picky with food, which testing is recommended.

Start out by cutting your apple into small pieces and placing them in his cage. Alternatively, you can also feed by hand if your guinea pig is comfortable with that. Pay attention to how he reacts to the fruit. Does he gobble it up, or does he sniff it and ignore it?

If he eats the apple right away, or drags the pieces into his hiding spot, chances are he likes it. Ignoring the food or nibbling on it and then leaving it are signs that it may not be his thing.

Where things might get a little tricky is f your guinea pig is still new and a little shy. Avoiding the treat in this instance is not necessarily a sign that he doesn’t like it. This may well be a sign that you have yet to earn his trust, so perhaps wait until he gets a little more comfortable in your presence and then try the apple treat again at a later date.

Adding Apples to the Diet

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Again, we need to reiterate that apples should be used as nothing more than treats. Even if your guinea pig is obviously in love with the sweet treats, they cannot be considered a regular part of the diet.

Hay and pellets should make up the majority of the diet for your guinea pig, with apples served as treats. When you do serve up apples, be sure that they have been cut into very small pieces, as they are easier to digest that way. Placing a whole apple in the cage means running the risk of creating a choking hazard for your pet.

We have spoken about the problems with sugar when feeding them apples, but we also need to mention the acidity of the fruit. Feeding apples to your guinea pig too often can lead to mouth sores, as well as other issues, caused by the acidity of apples.

When you test the apples and find that your guinea pig loves them, slowly add them to his diet, feeding him small amounts once per week. Keep an eye on his behavior, and keep an eye out for the development of mouth sores. If you notice that he is experiencing diarrhea after eating apples, you need to consider cutting back the amount that you are feeding him, or perhaps even consider removing apples from his diet altogether.

What to do if Diarrhea Becomes an Issue

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Your guinea pig will get diarrhea if there is too much fiber in his diet. Given the size of these animals, diarrhea can be a really big issue. It can result in them becoming dehydrated, which in turn can be fatal.

If you notice that diarrhea is becoming an issue for your furry friend, stop feeding hi fruits and vegetables, and instead, increase the amount of Timothy hay in his daily diet. This will help improve his digestive process, and should also help stop the diarrhea rather quickly.

Apples can eventually be added back into his diet, but you should wait until such times as his stool returns to normal. If you have been feeding him apples with the skin still on, think about peeling it off in future. Most of the fiber in apples is found in the skin, so taking that out of the equation may help prevent future outbreaks of diarrhea. He will still get the vitamin C in apples without the skin.

What Are the Best Types of Apples for Guinea Pigs?

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As long as the apples are fresh, your guinea pig should be able to eat all varieties. One thing to make sure of, though, is that the apples are ripe, otherwise they will have a sour taste that he will not enjoy.

You should also make sure that the apple seeds are not in there, as they contain levels of cyanide that can be harmful to your pet, as well as being a choking hazard.

As mentioned, the skin may be an issue, so watch to see how he reacts. Apple leaves ae fine in moderation, as they contain a little bit of calcium, which is good.

Read more:

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Celery?

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Spinach?

Give your Guinea Pig Apple Salad for a Real Treat!

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If you want to give your guinea pig an extra special treat, perhaps on his birthday, think about serving an apple salad.

  • Start out by cutting up the apples into really tiny pieces and placing them in a ceramic bowl.
  • Since vegetables are also good for your guinea pig, have spinach or other dark greens included as a base. Steer clear of romaine and iceberg lettuce, as these are no particularly good for him.
  • Think about other treats that are also good for your guinea pig, adding items like celery, watermelon, carrots, and other healthy fruits and veggies into the apple salad.
  • If you really want to make it a special treat, make homemade applesauce and add that to your ingredients. Do not buy applesauce sold in stores, as they tend to come with a lot of added sugar.
  • Stir up all the ingredients and serve up your delicious apple salad.

Let’s Talk About Other Apple-Related Treats

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Can guinea pigs eat un-ripened apples?

It’s probably best if you only serve apples that are fully ripe. The reason for this is because un-ripened apples tend to have a sour taste that your guinea pig is not going to enjoy. This may lead you to believe that he doesn’t like apples at all, which may not be the case.

Can guinea pigs eat apple seeds or pips?

Absolutely not. The seeds or pips that come in the apple core have traces of cyanide that are not good for your guinea pig.

Can guinea pigs eat apple skin?

Yes, apple skin is fine, although the fiber may cause diarrhea, so watch for that.

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Can guinea pigs eat apple leaves?

In small amounts, apple leaves are fine. They tend to have a lot of calcium in them.

Can guinea pigs eat apple branches?

This is not a good idea, although the chances that your guinea pig would try to eat them seem pretty slim. One thing they might try to do is chew on the branches, and that could lead to a choking hazard.

Can guinea pigs eat apple peel?

Yes, he will almost certainly enjoy this treat.

Can guinea pigs eat apple sauce?

If you are going to feed applesauce to your guinea pig, make sure that it is homemade, as there will not be as much sugar in there as there would be in store bought applesauce.

Can a guinea pig drink apple juice?

Yes, a little bit of apple juice is fine, as long as it is only given on a very occasional basis. Once a month or so is fine, and no more than half a cup, as giving them more can lead to them getting sick.

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Conclusion

Guinea pigs have a different digestive system that humans, and as such, they need to be fed a diet that will ensure that they will be healthy and happy. The key elements of the guinea pig diet is fresh hay, vitamin C pellets, dark greens, and a steady supply of fresh, clean water.

Apples are a great little treat for guinea pigs, but they should certainly not be an everyday treat. Given them apples in moderation and watch how they react to this treat. If all is well, then continue doing what you are doing.

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Silkie Guinea Pig – Everything About Silkie Guinea Pigs

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Silkie Guinea Pig – One of the more stylish animals out there has to be the Silkie Guinea Pig, and much of that has to do with their wonderful hair. While the hair is the first thing that you notice, you will quickly be won over by their great personality. It really is easy to understand why they have become such a popular breed of guinea pig.

Their great looks and wonderful personality make them great pets, but it also makes them great for showing. Judges at these shows can’t help but be won over by what the Silkie brings to the table.

Silkie Guinea Pig Origins

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The name of this breed is no real surprise given that it has silky smooth hair, although it’s worth noting that in Europe, they are more commonly known as Sheltie Guinea Pigs. There is probably a very good reason for that name change, but it’s one that has remained elusive up until now.

The popularity of the Silkie Guinea Pig has come quickly, as the breed was only discovered in the 1970’s. The original breeding efforts took place in the UK, with a Peruvian and a Self Black Guinea Pig crossbred to create the Silkie. No-one really knows why these two breeds were chosen to breed, but it’s not uncommon to mix and match breeds in order to create something more exotic.

The Silkie Guinea Pig as we know it today was officially recognized in the UK in 1973, albeit with the Sheltie name.
Once the breeding process was perfected, Silkie’s began to become popular as domestic pets. It didn’t take long for people to fall in love with these cute little animals, and you can now find them in homes all across the globe.

Quick Facts About the Silkie Guinea Pig

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Here are a few things you may or may not know about the silkie guinea pig:

  • The silkie guinea pig is a main classified breed
  • It is a long-haired variant of the smooth-haired breed
  • There are no rosettes on the Silkie guinea pig
  • It has a long tail
  • Its distinctive hair naturally sweeps back from the face
  • While bred from the Peruvian, it has very different hair on the face
  • Its hair is short when it is born
  • Hair growth starts quickly after birth
  • Silkies guinea pig that are shown usually have well maintained coats. Breeders will often wrapper the hair
  • Its name is derived from its silky coat
  • Unlike the Peruvian, the hair of the Silkie is not naturally parted on the back

Silkie Guinea Pig Characteristics

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One look at the hairy styling of the Silkie and it’s easy to understand why they are so popular. They are shiny, soft, and just fun to hold in your hand. The Teddy Guinea Pig is another popular breed, and it’s short, rough coat is almost the polar opposite of the Silkie.

The Silkie is much more like the Peruvian Guinea Pig, albeit with some subtle differences. The main difference is in the way that the hair of the Silkie sweeps back from its face, making it seem almost windswept.

Their hair is long and straight, much like the Peruvian, but that swept back look is what sets them apart, and you almost get the feeling that they have just stepped out of a hair salon open exclusively to celebrities. There are some who feel that the hair looks much like a lion’s mane.

The hair of the Silkie is not as long as the Peruvian Guinea Pig, although it is longer around back. Viewed from above, the Silkie takes on the shape of a teardrop, which is why you will sometimes hear people refer to them using that very description.

Read more: Teddy Guinea Pig Owners Guide

Let’s Talk About the Silkie Satin Guinea Pig

A Silkie Satin Guinea Pig is part of the Silkie family, but it comes with hair that is both softer and glossier. Its name is derived from the feel of its hair, which is a lot like satin. Both the regular Silkie and the Silkie Satin are breed that are recognized by the American Cavy Breeders Association (ACBA).

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Silkie Guinea Pig Temperament and Behaviour

If it’s a gentle, laid back breed you are looking for, then the silkie guinea pig may be the way to go. They tend to be a little shy when you first get them, but they will soon warm up to you. One way to get them to be friendly a little quicker is to use treats and food to coax them out of their cage. Once you have developed trust, you will find that they are wonderful animals to have as a pet.

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Features of the Silkie Guinea Pig

The hair of a silkie guinea pig can grow to as long as 24 inches, and it has the appearance of a teardrop shape when viewed from above. While similar in style to the hair of the Peruvian Guinea Pig, the hair on a Silkie is swept back to the point of looking as though it was intentionally styled that way. The average Silkie is 7-10 inches in length, and can live to be between 5 and 7 years old.

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The Silkie Guinea Pig’s Hair Style and Coloring

The length of hair on the Silkie Guinea Pig is one of the things that makes them a great show pet. If you have a tan colored Silkie, it will not be accepted into shows. Other common colors of Silkie hair that are acceptable include white, black, cream, red, beige, lilac, and blue, as well as color combinations.

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Silkie Guinea Pig Care

Their cute look and docile demeanor make the Silkie Guinea Pig seem like the perfect pet for kids, but the reality is that they are not. Looking after a Silkie takes a lot of work, as they require daily grooming to maintain their lovely locks. The only scenario in which they might work for a kid is you are a parent that’s willing to take on all the grooming responsibilities.

Keeping up with that grooming means brushing the hair of your Silkie at least once per day. Failing to do so will lead to the hair becoming tangled, which can be awfully uncomfortable for the guinea pig. If you get the guinea pig at a young age, get in the habit of brushing hi at the same time every day. Not only will he become comfortable with the act of being brushed, he will also start looking forward to it.

Bathing a guinea pig is not necessarily a great idea, although it is okay to do it every once in a while. Silkies in particular can benefit from bathing, as I will help keep their coat soft and shiny, but that doesn’t mean you should go and drop them into a sink full of water. The best method to use for bathing a Silkie is what is commonly referred to as spot cleaning.

Rather than putting them into water, use a wet garment to wipe their coat. Get in the habit of doing some spot cleaning about once a month, and just like with brushing, make it something that you do with your Silkie from an early age.

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Silkie Guinea Pig Cage

The ideal home for a Silkie is a secure cage that has space to move, plenty of ventilation, and a separate area for food and water. The cages that you often see in pet store are too small, and are not up to the standards recommended by The Humane Society of the United States.

They believe that the ideal size of cage for 1 or 2 guinea pigs is a minimum of 7.5 square feet. They also recommend that you steer clear of wire floors on a cage, opting instead to go with a solid bottom.

Silkies will be comfortable in many different types of bedding materials, but your best bets are commercial paper bedding, wood pellets, or towels and fleece. Aspen shavings are an option, too, but they may end up getting stuck in his hair.

Aromatic plant oils can create health issues for guinea pigs, which is why you should avoid using cedar and raw pine shavings. Straw and corn cob bedding are also not very good, simply because both can mold rather quickly.

It’s also a good idea to have at least one shelter available for your guinea pig. Your local pet store will probably have a wide selection of shelters, but something as basic as a cardboard box will work just fine.

Toys that are safe to chew are a great addition, as are tunnels, caves, and low ramps. Bad ideas include rodent wheels and plastic exercise balls, especially the latter, as they can be scary to guinea pigs, and can also cause spinal damage if you get the wrong sized ball.

The cage should be placed in an area of the room that is away from direct sunlight and draft-free. You will want the cage in a place where the guinea pig can see you, and it should be in a room at a temperature range of 65 and 75 degrees F (18 to 24 degrees C). It goes without saying that their heavy coats can make them overheat quickly if the room is too hot. Clean out the cage at least once a week, and more often if needed.

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Silkie Guinea Pig Diet

The best diet for a Silkie is one that consists of pellets, timothy hay, and fresh fruits and veggies. While commercial foods that contain seeds, nuts, and dried fruit are good for snacks, they are not suitable for daily consumption. Timothy hay is a must, as it will help with dental care and digestion.

As far as vegetables go, the best items to use are spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, and other types of leafy greens. Tomatoes, green peppers, and carrots are also healthy, and should be frequently added to his diet.

While fruit is good, you should go with smaller portions if the fruits you are feeding him are high in sugar. A little bit of banana, strawberry, or blueberries is good, as are orange slices and apple wedges.

If you notice that your Silkie is getting diarrhea after eating fruit, reduce the amounts that you are feeding him. Any produce that remains uneaten after a couple of hours should be removed from the cage and thrown out.

Guinea pigs are unlike other animals in that they are unable to make their own vitamin C, which means they need to get it from their diet. High-quality pellets will deliver that, as will several different fruits and vegetables.

If you are feeding your guinea pig a well-balanced, healthy diet, he should get enough vitamin C, but you can always turn to supplements if needed.

Fresh water delivered via gravity-flow bottles should always be on hand, and all food should be served in earthenware dishes.

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Silkie Guinea Pig Average Life Span

Ost Silkie Guinea Pigs live to be about 4 or 5 years old, although some have been known to live as long as 7 years in ideal conditions. Larger guinea pigs can grow to be as old as 8, and sometimes up to 11 years old.

read more: A Comprehensive Glimpse about Guinea Pig Life Span

Silkie Guinea Pig Exercise

Silkie Guinea Pigs have a great personality, but they are still a little more shy than other breeds, which makes training a little bit of a chore. They should never be outside unattended, so be prepared to be vigilant if heading outdoors.

While they are certainly shy, Silkies are also very smart, so be sure that they are stimulated with things like toys and wood blocks for chewing on. They need a very specific room temperature to be happy, so keep them clear of areas that are too hot or cold, or which are susceptible to drafts. Never place their cage near a heating or air conditioning vent.

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Conclusion

Love, a healthy diet, and a little bit of exercise are what it takes to have a healthy, happy Silkie Guinea Pig. Like any pet, it is up to you as the owner to ensure that they are properly fed and cared for. Do that for your Silkie, and they will reward you with a whole lot of love in return.

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