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10 Guinea Pig Breeds – Guide to All Types of Guinea Pigs

Of all the wonderful pets available, you’ve finally made the decision to raise a guinea pig. Good work, what’s next? Pick a type of guinea pig. Unlike dogs, the choice is easier since there are only a few main guinea pig breeds.

By now, you’ve probably learned that there are actually several guinea pig breeds to choose from. Specifically, there are 10 popular breeds.

These guinea pig breeds differ in color, shape, coats, size and personalities. However, they’re all very similar for the most part. There is no wrong choice in selecting a breed.

No matter which type of cavy you decide to go with, your guinea pig will be a loving companion. This guide serves as the best resource for picking the guinea pig you want to develop a loving relationship with.

1. American Guinea Pig

Highlights: Lively, Affectionate, Easy to care for.

The American is perhaps the most popular of guinea pig breeds.

As you can probably guess, the American Guinea Pig is the most common breed of them all. They’re the epitome of these animals and probably the first image that comes to mind. In fact, it’s relatively rare to see a guinea pig that’s not of this breed.

Not only do Americans have superb temperaments, but they also get along better with other guinea pigs in the enclosure. Plus, they love children as much as children love them.

However, the main reason why they’re popular is because they’re so easy to take care of. Not all guinea pigs have short straight hair like the American. And because of this particular physical characteristic, grooming isn’t nearly as time consuming compared with long-haired breeds.

Interesting Facts

  • Back in the 1500’s, the American Guinea Pigs were called the English Guinea Pigs. In fact, they’re still called that name in certain countries today.
  • American Guinea Pigs are the oldest guinea pig breeds, dating as far back as 5000 B.C.
  • The American Cavy originated from the Andes of Western South American. They were brought to the U.K. by European traders on South American expeditions.

American Breed Recommendation

We’d highly recommend this breed if you plan to get a cavy for your children. Just make sure the child understands how to respect these animals so they don’t unintentionally hurt them. Guinea pigs are very sensitive!

American Guinea Pigs are also just as great for adults looking for a relatively low maintenance small pet. Sure, they aren’t the most interesting or exotic breeds, but they have a wonderful personality most people can appreciate.

READ MORE: American Guinea Pig – Guide to the Most Popular Cavy

2. Abyssinian Guinea Pig

Highlights: Mischievous, Loving, Fun.

Abyssinians are our personal favorite of all guinea pig breeds.

One of the oldest types of guinea pigs, the Abyssinian is certainly a great icebreaker for a home guest. Their iconic multi-colored hair with “swirls” make them some of the best show guinea pigs in the world.

These swirls are actually called rosettes and are one of the main features being judged in these show competitions. In fact, show judges recommend that your Abyssinian has eight to ten rosettes if your Abby wants to be competitive.

For reference, most Abyssinians have 6 rosettes. In this case, the more the better. But if you’re not showing your Cavy, then who cares? It’s all up to your personal preference!

On another note, Abyssinians are known to be naughty or mischievous by nature – they often get into extra trouble. But don’t let this deter you from owning one. Their fun and loving personality will certainly make up for their tendency to let their curiosity get the better of them.

Interesting Facts

  • The Abyssinian Guinea Pig’s origins go so far back, no one is certain where they originated from.
  • Most people believed they came from the historic Abyssinia (now Ethiopia), but scientists have refuted this. The names have no relation.
  • The first Abyssinian reached Europe in the 16th century, where the Brits decided to call them Abyssinian Guinea Pigs for unknown reasons.

Abyssinian Breed Recommendation

Personally, we wouldn’t recommend the Abyssinian for a small child unless he/she is getting help from an adult in caring for the animal. If the child is too young to adequately groom this breed, then it could be a problem.

Because of the long hair and funky rosettes, it’s more difficult to groom this breed. And without proper grooming, the coat can tangle and cause discomfort for the cavy.

As for adults, the Abyssinian is a fantastic choice! They’re very similar to the American in terms of temperament and personality, but have a unique flare to them.

READ MORE: Guide to the Mysterious Abyssinian Guinea Pig

3. Peruvian Guinea Pig

Highlights: Curious, Alert, Kind.

Of all the different types of guinea pigs, the Peruvian Guinea Pig takes the cake for the longest hair – and by far. In fact, the guinea pig that holds the record for the longest hair was a Peruvian. He had hair that reached 20 inches long!

Unlike the Abyssinian, the Peruvian has long straight hair. And yes, their coat requires the most attention and commitment of all breeds.

However, some owners opt to cut their hair in order to prevent brushing their coats every day. Personally, we wouldn’t recommend it – we say let them be as intended! But that’s your choice as an owner.

Check with your vet about how to cut a Peruvian’s hair safely! And do not shave them! That can lead to all manner of skin and coat problems.

The Peruvian tends to be more alert and curious than any of the other breeds. Still, they’re just as loving and will often come greet you out of curiosity every chance they get.

Interesting Facts

  • Despite popular belief, the Peruvian guinea pig was not bred in a lab like the Skinny Pig. People probably make this assumption because of how unique they look.
  • They originate from South America. Specifically, from countries like Bolivia, Argentina and of course, Peru.
  • The Peruvians were first domesticated in France, as opposed to England – where Americans and Abyssinians gained instant popularity.

Peruvian Breed Recommendation

I highly recommend a Peruvian for older children and teenagers, if properly supervised. If you plan to cut the guinea pig’s hair, then it may be easier for them to care for. Regardless, supervision is always highly recommended with these fragile pets.

For adults that want an exotic pet, look no further. The Peruvian is for you. They’re wonderful and sweet animals, yet interesting and quirky. There’s no dull moment with a Peruvian Guinea Pig.

READ MORE: Peruvian Guinea Pig – The Complete Guide

4. Silkie Guinea Pig

Highlights: Charming, Gentle, Calm.

For reference, the Silkie is often referred to as the Sheltie Guinea Pig. At first glance, the Silkie is quite similar to the Peruvian in the sense that it has long, smooth hair. However, there is a small difference in physical appearance.

The hair around their heads sweep back differently than the Peruvian. It actually looks like it had been purposely slicked back with hair products. Obviously no hair products were involved, the Silkie is just that stylish – earning the nickname: the Hollywood Cavy.

Because of the unique styling of the hair, we’ve heard some really great names for the Silkie. Check out our favorite guinea pig names.

There’s something about the Silkie Guinea Pig that makes them so charming. Of all the breeds, they’re perhaps the most calm and gentle. As a result, they’re fantastic with small children who also have a calm demeanor.  

They’re as laid back as any other domestic pet and may even appear shy or timid in the beginning. For this reason, Silkies take a bit longer to warm up to people than other guinea pig breeds.

Interesting Facts

  • Silkies were originally bred in the U.K. by crossbreeding a “self black guinea pig” with a Peruvian.
  • In America, this breed is called the Silkie. However, in Europe, they’re called Shelties. No one knows exactly why they were named as such.
  • In recent years, the Silkie has become one of the most popular show guinea pigs for competitions.

Silkie Breed Recommendation

Despite their popularity with kids, we would not recommend a Silkie for a child. However, if you’re a parent that is willing to take on that responsibility, then by all means go for it. Their hair is shinier and softer than the Peruvian, so they are great for little kids to play with, just not for them to take care of.

Most of our adult friends that own a guinea pig have the Silkie. Unsurprisingly, they love their guinea pig. We’d recommend Silkies for anyone looking to develop a great relationship with their guinea pigs. They’re simply a fantastic breed for any adult that has a bit of time to commit to grooming.

READ MORE: Silkie Guinea Pig – Guide to the Hollywood Cavy

5. Teddy Guinea Pig

Highlights: Social, Lively, Friendly.

Boasting a short yet dense coat, the Teddy Guinea Pig is often described as “wiry.” In other words, they have a rough and stiff coat. A Teddy’s coat is the exact opposite of a Silkie’s coat.

Although they’re not as soft as other guinea pig breeds (think: Silkie, Peruvian), their coats are relatively easy to maintain. However, this doesn’t mean no grooming at all. Occasional brushing is still necessary to remove any junk or debris stuck in their fur. And trust me, there will be junk if left unbrushed.

The reason why they’re called the “teddy” is because of their uncanny resemblance to a stuffed animal – the teddy bear. Their signature characteristic is the upturned nose, which is exclusive to this breed of guinea pigs.

Regarding personality, the Teddy has one of the best temperaments among guinea pigs. Most owners will tell you that they warm up fairly quick to people, making them fantastic pets for all types of families.

Interesting Facts

  • Like the Skinny Pig, the Teddy was born due to a genetic mutation in breeding. Since then, they’ve been popular guinea pigs.
  • The name “Teddy” derives from the fact that they look like little teddy bears with their upturned noses.
  • This unique nose of the Teddy Guinea Pig is called the “roman nose.”

Teddy Breed Recommendation

We would certainly recommend the Teddy Guinea Pig for children, as long as they’re old enough. They’re relatively low maintenance and have a charming personality that any child will fall for. Basic brushing is necessary, but kids can easily do this with the supervision of an adult. Older kids will have no problem.

Teddies are very similar to American Guinea Pigs, but with different coats. If you were looking into getting an American, we’d take a long hard look at the Teddy.

READ MORE: Teddy Guinea Pig – A Quick yet Thorough Guide

6. Texel Guinea Pig

Highlights: Friendly, Elegant, Graceful.

The Texel Guinea Pig is truly a remarkable breed that’s sought-after by some of the biggest enthusiasts and show breeders. Texels feature curly soft hair not just apparent on their backs, but throughout the whole body – including the belly.

With such extravagant coats, they have quickly become premiere show guinea pigs with immense success. Whether at competitions or around house guests, the Texel is sure to turn some heads.

As you’ve probably realized, this breed is the most difficult to groom. They have beautiful wavy locks that come with both pros and cons. The latter, being a coat that’s extremely prone to tangling. It can cause a lot of pain if their coats are left tangled and neglected, and you certainly don’t want that.

Interesting Facts

  • The Texel Guinea Pig is the result of crossbreeding a Silkie and a Rex Guinea Pig. Through minor modifications, the Texel you see today was born.
  • Texel Guinea Pigs are sometimes referred to as the “long-haired Sheltie.” It’s a fitting and accurate nickname.
  • Texels are one of the newer guinea pig breeds. In fact, they weren’t officially recognized by the American Cavy Breeders’ Association until 1998.

Texel Breed Recommendation

Due to the amount of time and dedication required, we recommend the Texel Guinea Pig only for those that want to show off their guinea pigs. Or if you are prepared for plenty of grooming dedication. With the Texel, there’s an expected amount of care needed. It’s why they’re not popular guinea pigs, especially as normal family pets.

They are especially not suitable for kids. However, they are an awesome sight to see and children usually get a kick out of interacting with a Texel.

READ MORE: Texel Guinea Pig – Origins, Features & Care

7. White Crested Guinea Pig

Highlights: Joyful, Loving, Easy to care for.

These little bundles of joy are definitely a crowd-pleaser. Other than their signature crest, they most resemble the American Guinea Pig. However, those that know can easily spot one because they look like they have a white crown above their head. Hence, the white “crested.”

Shape and size are not the only traits the Whited Crested has in common with the American. They both have short smooth hair, which makes them easy to groom and great for kids to take care of.

However, unlike the American, the White Crested is a lot more difficult to find. Don’t expect to walk into your local pet store and see one. More likely, you’ll need to find a specialized Crestie breeder.

Interesting Facts

  • The White Crested comes in a range of coat types, such as: brindle, roan and agouti.
  • A Crestie’s white crown is actually a single rosette on the top of the head. Usually rosettes come in pairs (even numbers), but not with this breed.
  • Although finding a White Crested is possible, finding one of show quality is extremely hard to find.

White Crested Breed Recommendation

If you’ve been looking to get an American, the Crestie is a fantastic option too. They’re suitable for both adults and children, and make some of the best small pets. In regards to commitment, they’re at the same level as the Texel or American.

If you happen to find a Whited Crested, it’s a no brainer for the more casual guinea pig owners. The only downside is that you’ll probably need to explain to guests that your guinea pig isn’t an American breed.

8. Rex Guinea Pig

Highlights: Friendly, Gentle, Calm.

The Rex Guinea Pig is a short-haired cavy with hair no longer than 1 cm long. Most mammals have three different types of hairs, including “guard hairs.” These specific hairs are used to protect the rest of the coat from any wear and excess of moisture. However, the Rex does not have guard hairs, creating a wool-like appearance.

In addition to the dense and rough coat texture, the Rex’s most notable features are the long and droopy ears. In a way, they look like hedgehogs while still retaining the shape and feel of a guinea pig.

Interesting Facts

  • The Rex Guinea Pig is the only guinea pig without guard hairs, giving them a unique wool-like feel.
  • Rex Guinea Pigs comes in a variety of coat colors, including: brown, white or agouti.
  • Depending on the breed and environment, a Rex can live up to 6 years.

Rex Breed Recommendation

We highly recommend Rex Guinea Pigs for children. They’re easy to take care of and have a charming demeanor that can put a smile on any kid’s face. Because of their lack of guard hairs, the Rex has a unique texture that children seem to love.

For anyone looking to get an American Guinea Pig, the Rex should also be considered. They’re the perfect lap pets and you could pet them for hours.

9. Himalayan Guinea Pig

Highlights: Sociable, Friendly, Gentle.

Mostly white Himilayan guinea pig breed.

The Himalayan Guinea Pig is truly a remarkable breed and is often called the “siamese cats of guinea pigs.” And despite their name, these breeds did not originate from the Himalayas (mountain range). Siamese cats are from Thailand, but the Himalayan Guinea Pig is actually from South America.

With such a nickname, you can already tell they are a special type of guinea pig. Not only are they considered albino, but they are known to have color (usually black) on their noises, feets and ears (called “points”). These guinea pigs also have red eyes.

The pigment (or color) on their body doesn’t develop until they get older. When they’re first born, they’re just white with red eyes. Usually after a few months, the colors start to kick in.

Interesting Facts

  • The Himalayan was named not because of the Himalayas mountains, but because of their similar color patterns with the Himalayan (or Siamese) cat.
  • The points (or pigment) on a Himalayan will slowly fade if they are stressed or malnourished.
  • Himalayan Guinea Pigs are some of the most social guinea pigs. They play well with others.

Himalayan Breed Recommendation

These unique guinea pigs are recommended for anyone that wants to own a unique guinea pig but don’t want to deal with a lot of grooming. Their short coats make them favorable guinea pigs to own – outside of the common American cavy.

Because they’re albino, Himalayans should not be exposed to too much sunlight. For this reason, living in a warm climate area may not be the best for this guinea pig breed.

10. Skinny Pig

Highlights: Quirky, Kind, Bright

Perhaps the most unique of all the breeds, the Skinny pig is a hairless guinea pig. However, they’re not completely hairless. They actually have some hair on their feet and legs, although minimal.

These guinea pigs originated in a lab guinea pig colony, where strains of short-haired and hairless guinea pigs were crossbred. The final result: a Skinny Pig.

They certainly aren’t the most attractive breeds of guinea pigs, but they have similar personalities to the other breeds. Sure, many people have claimed they may be “harder to love” due to their physical appearance. However, as long as you treat them properly, they will reciprocate the love.

Interesting Facts

  • Skinny Pigs are always hairless guinea pigs, but hairless guinea pigs are not always Skinny Pigs. There are others, such as the Baldwin.
  • This breed has existed for less time than you think. They were first bred in the late 70’s.
  • Skinnies were developed at the Charles River Laboratories to be used in dermatology studies.

Skinny Pig Breed Recommendation

We would not recommend these guinea pigs for children. Because they don’t have a coat of fur, their skin is extra sensitive. Unintentional foul play could potentially hurt a Skinny. Plus, kids may not appreciate the appearance of this breed since they aren’t your typical “cute” guinea pigs.

For those that can appreciate the wonderful personality of the Skinny Pig, we’d highly recommend giving them a try. If you’re okay with the looks, they make fantastic pets.

READ MORE: Skinny Pigs – Guide to the Hairless Guinea Pig

Where to Find a Specific Guinea Pig Breed?

This list of guinea pig breeds are the most popular ones. However, not all of them are easy to find. The easiest way to find a guinea pig is to go to your local pet store. Major chains, such as PetCo or PetSmart do sell guinea pigs (at the time of writing), however your options are limited.

If you’ve been eyeing an American of Abyssinian, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll find one at a commercial pet store. However, for the rarer breeds, you most likely need to look elsewhere.

One of the best places to find a unique breed is by adopting one. A great resource is Guinea Pig Finder, where you can adopt one from a home. Most of them are common breeds, but from time to time you’ll spot a truly unique breed.

If you’re not patient, we would google breeders around you. For example “Skinny pig breeder Los Angeles” if you’re looking for a Skinny living in LA. Most specialized guinea pig breeders have a website. However, due to the rarity of certain breeds, they may not always be in your area. If you really want one, you may have to travel a bit.

Guinea pig forums are also another great way to finding a specific breed. Often times, people will post pictures of their unique guinea pigs. Sign up and send those users a message and ask where they got theirs from. There may even be specialized breeders lurking around the forums.

The key is to be persistent. Keep checking forums and adoption sites and before you know it, your breed of choice may pop up.

Choosing a Guinea Pig Breed

There’s no right or wrong when it comes to picking out a guinea pig breed. My recommendations are just recommendations. If you feel like a specific breed speaks to you, then by all means – go for it.

As long as you (or your child) take in proper information and commit some time to raising a guinea pig, you will have a wonderful experience.

So, don’t stress too much over which to get, because they will all make great pets for you and your family. All these guinea pig breeds have warm personalities and as long as you properly take care of them, they will love you back. Happy raising and feel free to ask questions in the comment section below.

Josh Bligh

Josh has been raising guinea pigs for over a decade. He's had two Americans, two Abyssinians, and one Silkie Guinea Pig. He spends hours on Instagram browsing guinea pigs, wombats, hedgehogs, and Dungeons & Dragons.

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    1. I personally would not get one from a commercial pet store for the reasons I explain in my article about where to find guinea pigs for sale. However, yes you can still get guinea pigs from pet stores. Just don’t expect to find rare guinea pig breeds, like the skinny pig or Peruvian guinea pig. For rare breeds, I would search for rescues and then find a breeder if you can’t find them at your local guinea pig rescue.

          1. I stole all of mine hahahahaha lol no kiddin I bought a bulk offer it included few beautiful ginea pigs along with a great 2story good sized home and a massive bag of 1 mixed food and another bag of another mixed food….for 50 bucks

      1. I actually got my skinny from a commercial pet store. They had been selling them for around a year and they said it was because a hairless rat was featured in vogue, so they started trending but the pet store doesn’t sell rats so they opted for skinnies. My little guy was unloved, and stayed at that pet store for over a year as everyone thought he was weird looking. It got so bad that they actually marked him 50% for a desperate attempt to get him out of the store. I love him to pieces, but everyday I’m racked with guilt that I didn’t take him under my wing sooner. Anyway, sorry I just wanted to tell a pet shop skinny pig story and why maybe commercial pet stores shouldn’t carry them as the average person would find them weird and could result in what happened to my dude.

    2. 2 teddys ( Hershey, Reci), 4 American (Daliela, Layloe, coco, peanut), Abyssinian Guinea Pig(Symba and the baby’s of coco) (3) i have 9 guinea pigs! the baby’s were born yesterday, although im trying to get rid of them in 5 weeks! (they have no names yet!)

    1. American guinea pigs, along with all other guinea pig breeds, live for roughly 4 to 8 years. Of course, it depends on many factors, such as care, nutrition, environment and genetics.

  1. I raise Regular Colored Skinny Pigs and Himalayan Skinny Pigs and I have to challenge you about children warming up to the Skinny Pigs. Every child I’ve met instantly falls in love with the Regular Colored Skinny Pigs. The problem seems to be with the Skinny Pigs that have the Red/Pink Eyes. Children in fact adults too don’t seem to car for the Red Eyes. It reminds them of rats. It seems that only breeders or certain types she f people fall for the Himalayan Skinny Pigs. But children absolutely adore them. They love them to pieces. And fortunately they make some of the best teaching pets too.

    1. i give my female guinea pig timothy and alfalfa hay but she doesn’t seem to like alfalfa hay and timothy hay are sold out where could i get other hay and what types of hay could i get?

      1. chewy.com, go there and if you get the autoships they have (they’re cheap, believe me) then you get discounts on shipping. they sell timothy hay, which i buy every month for my american guinea boy’s, zeus and zios. they love it. Or you can buy it off the petco or petsmart sites. (:

    1. Join Different groups on facebook. You meet alot of breeders and I personally have made alot of friends. I breed skinny pigs and hairy carrier pigs. Few groups are skinny 101, Guinra Pig Fanatics, East Coast Cavy Classifieds. Then you will become familiar with breeders and people. Good luck to everyone finding there breed of pigs. I’ve only owned skinny pigs and hairy carriers for 2 years and I will never go without owning any again. Absolutely adore guinea pigs. They do reguire alot of space and enjoy same sex friends or you will have babies. Females come into heat every 17 days. Good cages are Midwest, Extra Large living world. And I personally like the home built C&C Cages. All guinra pigs should be fed a all pellet diet. No seeds or dried stuff in there. And require 24 hour round the clock hay. Timothy or ochard hay. I personally feed mine orchard then give them small amounts of timothy my piggies waste alot of the timothy. Last fresh veggies. I feed mine green leaf lettice, tomato, carrots, cilantro, green bell pepper, and cucumber. I do put fruit in sometimes such as oranges apples and strawberries… look up veggie and fruit info. Guinea Pigs are NOT to be Givin Amoxocillian at all the antibiotic. They will be dead before the second dose… Guinea pigs are amazing little creatures and deserve the best care. Guinea Pigs Poop alot and skinnies even more. So be prepared… can’t think of anything else haha

    2. I got my abyssinian at a pet store, but if they do not have one there, you can look for one at guinea pig farms, rescue centers, etc..

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  3. We are looking to adopt guinea pigs and will be looking at a few pairs in the next couple weeks. Can you advise on how to choose the most affectionate ones? Will it be evident when we first meet them which ones are more cuddly? We’re wondering how to avoid piggies who will be skittish and not want to play. ( I once had a mean rabbit and want to avoid this situation.) Can you tell their personality right off the bat? I have a child and I want a positive experience. Any tips? Thank you!

    1. It’s not very evident that they’re “cuddly”, because guinea pigs aren’t really like that. they love food, hideouts and sleeping. The best way to find the best guinea pig for you is holding them, say you go to a pet store okay- make sure before you pick your guinea pigs you hold them because if you are looking for a guinea pig that is affectionate then thats a really good way to see if they will come to like you. I held both my boys in the store and they didn’t like being picked up, not many guinea pigs do, but some do. Also, do not constantly go to pick them up, that will make them scared the first few days. Keep them in a spacious cage with a hideout and food and let them adjust. Speak to them, wthut touching or going in the’e cage, and let them gt sed to your voice. it will help them recognise you as thye warm up to you. (:

  4. Are mini guinea pigs also a breed. I was hoping to find information on the mini pig. How big do they get? Are their temporments the same as regular pigs?

    1. There’s no such thing as mini or teacup Guinea pigs. If you’ve seen them advertised as such, they are likely the result of breeding the runts of the litter together, breeding too small a guinea pig and before the recommended age/weight, or the result of bad genetic breeding.

      I wouldn’t recommend purchasing such an animal, no matter the species.

      1. What we did when buying our pigs, is put our hands into the box where they were kept, and the pigs that came up to us and sniffed and nibbled were the ones we chose

  5. We have 4 guinea pigs, 2 American, 1 Sheltie, and 1 Peruvian, but the Peruvian named Piggy is by far the most loving and friendly out of them all.

    1. I have a female guinea pig but i don’t know which kind it is.it does’nt look like any of the above though it has the same features of the american guinea pig.

      1. I’m struggling with the same. Rescued a pig, but it doesn’t match any of the other breeds. It doesn’t look anything like my two Americans. Maybe its a mixed pig??

  6. I found a Guinea pig in my back yard. Yes, you read that correctly. I did not find the owner. Luckily she came to the right place. We have hedgehogs, hamsters ect.. But never a Guinea pig. She’s very small. I thought young at first but I really don’t know now. She is black with a white tuxedo and the swirling hair. I guess my question is.. How can I tell how old she is?

    1. aww how cute she might have been abandoned by her owner? do you still have her ? i have to guinea pigs one silky and one Abyssinian they are gorgeous if you still have this guinea pig i would highly recommend getting her a friend as guinea pigs are best in pairs if they are by themselves than they can get depressed and their immune system can shut down so get another because everyone needs more guinea pigs hahaha

  7. What is the most quiet breed? I’m looking for something to not scream because my boyfriend has sensitive ears.

    1. Guinea pigs do not really scream, they do whine though and whimper. The only time they would make a loud sound is if you chase them around to pick them up, other than that your fine. i have two male, 6 week old americans and they’re fairly quiet. love them

  8. I am only 11 and I had a rabbit which died of a heart attack so I did my reashearch and piggies are better ?? What’s there life span ? Can they live in doors

    1. If they are tame then they do usually live in doors. Americans are a really good breed for starters. And the usual life span goes from 4-8 years with the proper nutrition and care.

    1. hi im 14, really simple even just a dog passing by can cause a rabbit to go int a state of shock so if you have a rabbit its not recommended to keep them outside or have any other animals that are predators

  9. I have 2 piggies. Jupiter is a grey and white Abby, and Reese is a tan black and grey Abby Silkie mix. I love them to bits. Jupi is more cuddly, and Reese is more energetic. Reese also has the habit of nipping. Not hard, just out of curiosity. I would 100% recommend getting guinea pigs, they are awesome pets 😝🐷

    1. yes ! i love guinea pigs they are honestly the best, i got guinea pigs first when i was 11 and have has them ever since love them to bits would never go through life without them would never not have them once you get them you cant go back hahaha definitely recommend

  10. I don’t think my guinea pig breed was up there. It might have been but my guinea pig is white all over and has a silky coat. He sheds lots of hair and only has quite short hair. He’s got a rosette about his head, i slight bald patch where the hair grows away from it. If you can get back to me on what breed he is that would be great!

  11. one of my guinea pigs are none of those! he has long flat hair, to long for a american, and to short for a silkie! he doesnt look like any of those, so maybe he is a hybrid? please help me!

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  14. I’ve had Guinea pigs for 11 years now and I truly love them (from age 6 to 17 this year) one interesting thing that I have noticed overtime is that you could get one male an one female short haired Guinea pig and then after they have a few babies, out my actually get a completely different breed. I always had short haired Guinea pigs as they are the most common, but sometimes they would randomly have silkie babies, Abyssinian babies and crested Guinea pigs. I have two rex Guinea pigs at the moment and tomorrow morning my teacher is coming over an going me two breeds that I have never had and I’m looking forward to it. I’m getting 3 teddy Guinea pigs and 1 Tessle (and a hutch all for free). I truely love Guinea pigs as they are honestly my favourite animal

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  16. I NEED HELP.!!!!!I have 2 piggies. Mr. Pig and Jeff. I got them for my grandson’s but one of the boys broke out in a bad rash. We took them out if his room and kept him away from them. He cleared up. Then he played with them again and broke out again. I gave them to my friends daughter who took very good care of them. But she had to give them back due to circumstances beyond her control. So I gave them to another friend for her kids but she did not like to change their cage every day. So I got them back. I remodel homes and do landscaping, I work 12 to 14 hrs a day. I do not have time to hold them and play with them. I clean their cage every nite so they have clean bedding and believe they eat like kings. I can’t take care of them properly they don’t get out of their cage. PLEASE SOMEONE GIVE THEM A GOOD HOME. JEFF IS SPOTTED WHITE BROWN BLK. MR. PIG IS A BROWNISH RED WITH A WHITE COWLICK ON TOP OF HIS HEAD. PLEASE HELP. I FEEL SO BAD FOR THEM FREE TO A GOOD LOVING HOME

    1. My son also would get a rash on his arms from holding Pumpkin. He was not allergic to the Guinea pig, he was actually allergic to the hay. After Pumpkin had his run around time and my son wanted to hold him we wrapped pumpkin in a little towel and my son could snuggle and talk to him that way. We called him a Pumpkin taco. We also had little furry fleece pouches he could sit in and my son could hold him that way as well. But sadly he passed away when he was 4….we thought we would have him much longer. I am only mentioning this in case you want to give them back to your grandsons for another try. Oh, and make sure to wash well with soap and water after handling the little taco.

  17. I have a guinea pig that I was tools when I purchased it was a Teddy Bear but she looks nothing like that type I really think she’s a mixed breed… How do I find out what type of guinea pig I have?

    1. She has straight short white hair with a black patch on the top of her head and curly whiskers her face also have a patch of black on it around her eyes and a slight black patch of black on her nose and me and my daughter did research and don’t know what she is can someone please respond…

  18. Forever I would reccomed getting guinea pigs of any breed, but I’m not sure what breed mine is. It has scruffy hair on its back but firm, straight hair on the front? Anyone know what breed she is?

  19. As long as you give love they will surly give it back its like all pets its unconditional love I have the long hair type his hair on his rear is longer in the back they are wonderful pets you have dedicated cause you have to keep the cage clean and fresh water .love them Speedy sweetie is my pal and s big part of our family

  20. I am wanting a guniea pig and live in NZ. I like the look of the America guniea pig are they available in NZ and where Can I get on?

  21. I have two guinea pigs (used to be four) but they dont seem to be any of these breeds.
    One of the sons was an absynian but his mother and two siblings are both something else. I am thinking maybe they are just some sort of combination of american, absinian and maybe sheltie? They have longish hair, but mot as long as sheltie but longer than america, they have the slicked back look of the sheltie head fur, and they also have a whorl on each sode of the rump.
    Is this common for them to be a mix breed? Or are they just some breed i havemt seen before!?

    1. yes definitely i have a silky and an Abyssinian and they get along really well not right now though haha poor ginger is in season and lily is trying to assert her dominance

  22. We have a crested and an Abyssinian, and of the two, the crested is the trouble maker lol! Our Abyssinian is the quieter, more shy piggy, whereas our crested is noisy and bold. Both have Lovely, sweet natures, and love cuddles.

  23. I have a crested guinea pig. Her name is Zara and she’s pretty fat. I found out that it’s genetic thing that some guinea pigs have. So, I call her “The Soccer Ball” out of all my guinea pigs. I have 7 to be exact. 3 males and 4 females. All of them are american short haired except for her. The males live at my grandmas while the females live at my moms. They are all pretty healthy. The only problem is we are trying to get new cages soon.

  24. I seriously agree with you. I am a 4-H and I have been showing guinea pigs at county fairs for about five years now. I personally have shown guinea pigs that either I or my grandfather has bred. Also as a fun Fact, my grandfather was able to find a way to breed a lot of silver aguties, this breed is considered really rare here where I live and as far as I know they are rare everywhere.

  25. I want to show my cavy but I can’t for the life of me find a pattern to match his coloring. He’s a coronet who is mostly a very dark grey fading into black with a white stripe on his nose and a bit of white hair down his spine. Any ideas?

  26. what if I just want a guinea pig for one class so I could teach these children about these majestic creatures where could I find what I’m looking for?

  27. I’m in los Angeles CA and had a black short haired Guinea Pig for about 7 years. He passed on valentines day 🙁
    I have been looking all over to find that exact same color. He was just all black and I would like to know where I could find one just like him..

  28. i have a american guinea pig and i was wondering if they need a friend because i only have one. how big do they get and how long do they live for?

  29. I had a sheltie (female) and peruvian (male) before, they have 4 pups and looks like abbys. Is it normal?
    All of them are dead now. 😢

  30. if a guinea pig resembles a white rat-where could one possible be purchased? White rats are awesome pets. Moses and Logan my boys lived to about four to five years. Also the got huge, so having a guinea pig that resembles a white rat would be.”Chessey” or possible a “Ti Chia”.

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