It’s no secret that, here at Kavee, we love guinea pigs for their cute little faces and wheeking sounds. But did you know that our favourite furry friends also have one other adorable attribute? That’s right – guinea pigs are much admired for their beautiful coats of fur.
But there’s really no such thing as a ‘standard’ guinea pig hairstyle. Depending on their breed, some piggies have short, smooth hair whereas others have longer, wilder, luscious locks – and of course they can all be a variety of stunning shades.
As far as we’re concerned, all guinea pigs are utterly gorgeous and make amazing animal companions. However it’s worth knowing that long-haired piggies require some extra TLC and grooming in order to keep them looking their best and staying healthy and happy.
- Which guinea pig breeds are considered long-haired?
- Do long-haired guinea pigs need to be groomed?
- Why is it important to groom and clean long-haired guinea pigs?
- Long-haired guinea pig care routine
- TASK 1: Grooming Your Long-Haired Guinea Pig
- How often should I comb or brush my guinea pig’s hair?
- What kind of brush or comb is best for guinea pig hair?
- How often should I trim my guinea pig’s hair?
- What should I use to trim my guinea pig’s hair?
- How should I groom long-haired guinea pigs? Tips for brushing and trimming guinea pig hair
- What should I do if my guinea pig does not enjoy grooming?
- TASK 2: Bathing Your Long-Haired Guinea Pig
- TASK 3: Cleaning Your Long-Haired Guinea Pig’s Ears
- TASK 4: Clipping Your Long-Haired Guinea Pig’s Nails
- What kind of guinea pig has long hair?
- Do long-haired guinea pigs make good pets?
- How much does a long-haired guinea pig cost?
- Which guinea pig breed has long fine hair?
- Do long haired guinea pigs need baths?
- How do you take care of a long haired guinea pig?
- What is the friendliest type of guinea pig?
- Do guinea pigs get attached to their owners?
- Do guinea pigs like to be cuddled?
- Do guinea pigs like to be petted?
- What is the rarest guinea pig color?
- Do guinea pigs like to be held?
- Do guinea pigs need to be in pairs?
- What is the cutest type of guinea pig?
- What is the lifespan of a guinea pig?
- What is the calmest breed of guinea pig?
- Do guinea pigs need baths?
- Can guinea pigs get lonely?
- How often should I clean my guinea pig cage?
- Do guinea pigs need salt licks?
- Is it OK to have just 1 guinea pig?
- Can guinea pigs eat bananas?
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Which guinea pig breeds are considered long-haired?
Here are the 9 long-haired guinea pig breeds:
- Silkie (Sheltie)
* It’s worth noting that Abyssinians don’t have hair which grows as long as the other breeds on our list. However, they do have thick, dense fur which forms in rosettes and grows to about 2 inches long. Bear in mind that, as their fur can get a little unruly, Abyssinians may require extra care and grooming but not to the same extent as the other breeds in this guide.
Do long-haired guinea pigs need to be groomed?
The short answer to this question is….YES! Long-haired piggies need grooming and cleaning – and rather a lot of it too – in order to keep their locks under control. Think of it as an essential part of guinea pig care.
Of course, all guinea pigs – no matter how long their fur – regularly groom themselves. They do this by secreting a liquid from their eyes and brushing it through their fur with their front paws. They tend to stand on their hind legs to do this. Ingenious!
However, your pet will also need some extra grooming help from you in order to keep them in tip top condition. Think of it as a guinea pig spa – and everyone loves a spa day, right?
Why is it important to groom and clean long-haired guinea pigs?
First things first, this isn’t about vanity, although obviously regular grooming and cleaning will keep your piggy looking fabulous. The truth is that if you allow your little one’s mane to flow free, the result could be extremely matted, dirty, unkempt hair, which could, in turn, lead to some pretty nasty health issues for your pig, such as:
Skin Infections – When left to grow too long, a guinea pig’s hair can become soiled, particularly around their bottom. If a guinea pig poops and wees on their hair, it will leave it wet and dirty. When wet fur comes into direct contact with a guinea pig’s skin, it can cause irritation and soreness which may lead to nasty skin infections.
Fly Strike – In warmer weather, particularly in spring and summer months, flies are abundant and they tend to prey on ill-kept animals. Guinea pigs are no exception to this and if they are left in dirty conditions, with wet, soiled or matted fur, flies may choose them as a host site for their eggs. These eggs then develop into maggots which eat their host’s flesh. Sadly, fly strike is potentially fatal. It’s a horrifying thought isn’t it? That’s why it’s crucial to understand how important hygiene is for guinea pigs – and particularly for long-haired guinea pigs who are more vulnerable to fly strike if their fur is not properly cared for.
Lice – Long-haired guinea pigs are at a higher risk of hosting these tiny, unwanted parasites. Lengthy, dense strands of hair offer lice more protection and opportunity to lay and attach their eggs. Lice infestations can cause your guinea pig discomfort and distress as well as resulting in nasty secondary skin infections; sadly, they can even prove fatal. By keeping long-haired piggies’ fur clean and trimmed, you’ll reduce the risk of them attracting lice. Also routine grooming can help piggy parents spot lice infestations at an early stage and prevent them spreading further.
Mites – Another pesky infestation that can negatively impact your guinea pig’s health, ear mites in particular are more likely to prey upon long-haired guinea pigs due to their tendency to produce more ear wax. If your piggie’s ears are left uncleaned, wax build up is more likely to attract the interest of hungry mites looking for their next home.
Long-haired guinea pig care routine
If you’re wondering exactly how you’ll keep your long-haired guinea pig groomed, clean and healthy, don’t worry. We’ve compiled a helpful check list of essential asks for you to follow in order to keep your guinea pig looking and feeling their very best.
TASK 1: Grooming Your Long-Haired Guinea Pig
Grooming consists of combing or brushing your guinea pig’s hair as well as occasionally trimming it in order to keep it neat and tidy.
How often should I comb or brush my guinea pig’s hair?
Really long-haired breeds, such as Peruvians, or those with curly dense hair, like Texels, will need their hair to be combed or brushed on a daily basis. Daily hair brushing sessions not only keep your piggy’s hair shiny and knot free, they’re also great bonding opportunities for you and your fluffy friend.
Plan your brushing sessions around the same time each day so that your guinea pig learns to expect them and aim not to miss them. Postponed sessions will only result in matted, tangled hair and longer, stressful combing sessions for you and your guinea pig somewhere down the line.
When it comes to Abyssinians, who have shorter but dense rosettes of fur, aim to brush their hair twice a week, always working in the direction that their fur grows to avoid causing discomfort.
What kind of brush or comb is best for guinea pig hair?
Regardless of their hair length, never forget that guinea pigs have very delicate skin. If a brush or comb feels rough or sharp to you then the chances are that it will feel even harsher to your sensitive piggy. For this reason, avoid wire toothed combs and brushes as the sharp bristles could cause accidental injuries if your piggy makes sudden movements. Instead, choose either a fine-toothed comb (ideal for smoothing knots) and a soft-bristled brush – the type you’d use for a baby or young child.
How often should I trim my guinea pig’s hair?
Guinea pigs with very long hair will need a trim on a monthly basis to keep their manes under control. You can trim your guinea pig’s hair, as and when required during your regular brushing sessions.
Trimming is especially important around your guinea pig’s bottom. As we’ve already mentioned, long hair around this area can become soiled and dirty more quickly, which may lead to infections and other health issues.
If your guinea pig’s fur grows less than 3 inches long, you may not find that an overall haircut is necessary but you may opt to trim any uneven patches of fur as and when you notice them.
What should I use to trim my guinea pig’s hair?
Round tipped hair scissors are safest for trimming your guinea pig’s hair. Don’t use scissors with sharp ends as they could cause accidental injuries if your guinea pig makes any sudden movements during grooming.
How should I groom long-haired guinea pigs? Tips for brushing and trimming guinea pig hair
Grooming can be a fun, enriching activity for you and your guinea pigs. However, if you’re a newbie to guinea pig grooming, it can be a nerve wracking experience both for you and for your little one. Some piggies may be complete naturals when it comes to grooming, whilst others will need time to get used to it. Never forget that guinea pigs are prey animals and are naturally nervous little characters.
To help things run as smoothly as possible, it’s important that both you and your guinea pig are relaxed before you start. If your piggy seems anxious or skittish, it may be best to leave your grooming session for another time when they seem more comfortable.
As with any new task, it’s important to get fully prepared.
Assemble a guinea pig care tool kit of essentials including:
- Fine-toothed comb and soft-bristled brush
- Water spritzer bottle for hair
- Round tipped hair scissors
- Food (vegetables or other healthy treats for your piggy to snack on)
- Clean towel, pee pad or fleece liner
STEP 1: Find a quiet area to groom your guinea pig – a spot you don’t mind getting covered in stray hairs. Use a clean towel, pee pad or fleece liner as a soft, comfortable surface for your piggies to sit on during their grooming session.
STEP 2: Give your guinea pig some yummy snacks during your grooming session to help them relax. This will help them associate grooming with being a positive experience.
STEP 3: Take your fine-toothed comb and start to brush their hair in the direction that it grows to remove any knots. Gradually work your way down from top to bottom.
TOP TIP! If your comb catches on a tangle, ensure that you avoid pulling at their fur as this could stress your guinea pig. Instead, spritz a little water on the tangle to try to loosen it. If that fails, you may need to gently trim it away (see step 4).
STEP 4: As you work your way through your guinea pig’s fur, identify any areas that appear matted; these will need to be removed. Take your scissors and gently trim the matted hair away.
TOP TIP! Take your time when trimming to prevent accidental injuries to your piggy’s skin. Avoid trimming too close to your guinea pig’s skin and always place the hair between your second and third fingers before you cut it. If your guinea pig’s matted hair is very close to their skin, you may need to work on it over the course of a couple of grooming sessions.
STEP 5: Once your piggy’s fur has been combed and any matted patches have been removed, trim any particularly long lengths of hair with your scissors. As a rule, you should cut long hair around your piggy’s bottom and feet to keep these areas clean and free from obstructions. As mentioned in step 4, use your fingers to guide how short you cut, to ensure you keep to an even length and to avoid injury.
STEP 6: Use a soft brush to gently smooth their hair and sweep away any stray hair clippings.
STEP 7: Be sure to reward your guinea pig for a job well done with their favourite snack!
What should I do if my guinea pig does not enjoy grooming?
As we’ve already explained, some guinea pigs may be more skittish than others when it comes to grooming. If your guinea pig is particularly uncooperative, start gradually with short sessions. As always, snacks are your friend when it comes to helping your guinea pig relax and learn that grooming can be a positive experience. As your guinea pig gets used to being groomed, you can build up to longer, more frequent sessions.
TASK 2: Bathing Your Long-Haired Guinea Pig
Yes, just like the rest of us – guinea pig’s need baths! Bathing involves washing your guinea pig in order to keep them clean.
How often should I wash my long haired guinea pig? Do long haired guinea pigs need more baths?
Generally, it’s advised that all guinea pigs – no matter their breed – are bathed between twice and four times a year. Regular bathing is an important aspect of your piggy’s care as it helps keep them clean and healthy. However, it’s also important not to over wash them as this can strip their fur’s natural oils and cause dry skin.
Rather than following any hard and fast rule, trust your own instincts on when to give your piggy a bath. If your guinea pig’s bottom appears soiled then it’s probably time for a bath – or at least a quick wash of that area in order to freshen it up. As we’ve already mentioned, guinea pigs with impressive coats are more likely to soil the long, dense fur around their bottoms and it’s important to address this as soon as you notice it.
What will I need to bathe my guinea pig?
- Wash basin with a flat base
- Small towel (to place inside the basin)
- Guinea pig safe shampoo (found online and in pet supply stores)
- Towel for drying
- Hair dryer (use on low heat only)
How do I give a guinea pig a bath?
The prospect of bathing your guinea pig can seem a bit daunting but it’s an important part of your guinea pig’s care. In this blog post, we talk about why guinea pigs may sometimes smell – and how you can tackle unpleasant odors by bathing them.
Here are some useful tips for bathing your guinea pig.
- Ensure that you are bathing them in a calm, quiet room with no distractions and make sure it’s warm and dry so that your piggy won’t feel chilly when they come out of the bath wet
- Pour around 3cm of warm (not hot) water into a flat based basin or a small container such as a clean washing up bowl
- Holding your guinea pig carefully, let them try the water by dipping a foot in it
- Providing they seem calm and relaxed, scoop some water and gently pour it over their body, avoiding their face and ears
- Shampoo them gently with guinea pig safe shampoo
- Rinse the shampoo thoroughly out of their fur
- Wrap them gently in a towel and hold them carefully as you blow dry them using a hair dryer on the COOLEST, QUIETEST setting until their fur is dry
- Give your freshly bathed guinea pig a cuddle to celebrate a successful bath time – and how about a yummy treat as a reward?
You could also follow this helpful step-by-step video by Saskia from L.A Guinea Pig Rescue.
TASK 3: Cleaning Your Long-Haired Guinea Pig’s Ears
Aaah, earwax….not the most pleasant conversation topic but essential nonetheless. You may be surprised to hear that guinea pigs need their ears cleaned regularly as part of their grooming routine. Just like us, guinea pig ears can get a build up of earwax and long-haired breeds tend to produce more of the waxy stuff than their short-haired pals.
How often should I clean my guinea pig’s ears?
It’s quite simple really – if your piggy’s earwax build up isn’t cleaned out, it can attract infestations of pests including mites, which can lead to further health complications, as we’ve already explained.
It’s recommended that guinea pigs have their ears cleaned two to three times a year, although some long-haired piggies may require more frequent clean outs. Keep an eye on your guinea pig’s ears and if you spot earwax building up, it’s probably time for a gentle clean. Check out our step-by-step guide to cleaning your guinea pig’s ears.
TASK 4: Clipping Your Long-Haired Guinea Pig’s Nails
On top of their other care, guinea pigs require routine nail trims once or twice a month. This is particularly important for long-haired guinea pigs who are more likely to snag overly long nails in their flowing locks.
So if you notice that your piggy’s tiny tootsies feel a wee bit scratchy on your skin during cuddles, it may well be time to get the nail scissors out.
How should I trim my guinea pig’s nails?
The prospect of clipping your guinea pig’s nails can be a wee bit scary – the last thing you want to do is accidentally trim too much and hurt them!
For advice on how to trim your guinea pig’s nails, check out our helpful article ‘The Simplest Way to Cutting your Guinea Pigs’ Nails’ and the video below:
If you’re already a parent to a long-haired guinea pig, we hope you’ve found our grooming guide reassuring and helpful.
If you’re a prospective piggy parent dreaming of adopting a long-haired guinea pig, don’t be put off by the prospect of the brushing and trimming involved.
Once you’ve got the hang of your long-haired guinea pig’s regular care routine, you’ll learn that grooming is a fun, relaxing and truly rewarding activity – a way for you and your guinea pig to get to know each other even better and to form a stronger bond. As with most things in life, when you put in the extra effort, you’ll reap the rewards.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that parents of long-haired piggies often report that their furry pals are very chilled, relaxed and laid back and with all the pampering time they get, it’s not hard to see why!
Hopefully you’ll find your guinea pig spa days enjoyable too. After you’ve finished and your piggy is all spruced up, why not cut up some fresh veggies for them to snack on as a reward? Don’t forget to save a couple of cucumber slices to pop over your own eyes so that you can put your feet up…and relaaaax.
What kind of guinea pig has long hair?
Peruvian guinea pigs
Do long-haired guinea pigs make good pets?
Dr. Sari Kanfer, DVM at the Exotic Animal Veterinary Center in Pasadena, California, thinks that long-haired guinea pigs are calmer than other breeds and enjoy being groomed. ?They make wonderful pets for parents to share with children. They’re sweet, gentle and great for people that enjoy doting on their pet.?
How much does a long-haired guinea pig cost?
From a breeder, you can expect the guinea pig price to be between $25-50. There are a few different varieties of guinea pig available and by purchasing your new pet from a breeder, you can take the time to find the specific type of guinea pig that you’re after….$25-50.
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Which guinea pig breed has long fine hair?
Breeds with long hair include the Coronet, Peruvian, Peruvian Satin, Silkie, Silkie Satin, and Texel. If a guinea pig only has patches of fur on the face and feet, that’s likely a Skinny breed.
Do long haired guinea pigs need baths?
Please note: Long haired guinea pigs will require daily grooming and bathing every 3 to 4 months to maintain the condition of their coats and ensure that it does not become matted. What you will need Shampoo: Always choose a small animal shampoo to ensure your cavies skin does not dry out or become irritated.
How do you take care of a long haired guinea pig?
Daily grooming is essential for long-haired guinea pigs to help keep their coat in good condition, and is good for short-haired guinea pigs too. Using a suitable brush, brush the coat gently in the same direction as the hair grows, and gently remove dead hairs, tangles and pieces of twigs, dry leaves or burrs.
What is the friendliest type of guinea pig?
Abyssinian Guinea Pig
The Abyssinian has a reputation for being one of the friendliest and affectionate breeds of guinea pig, although they may be too energetic and excitable for younger children.
Do guinea pigs get attached to their owners?
Do guinea pigs bond with their owners? Yes, they do form bonds with their humans, very much like cats or dogs. They’re able to recognize certain people according to scent, sound, and sight cues. As such, guineas can identify and respond to who they do and do not know.
Do guinea pigs like to be cuddled?
Healthy guinea pigs are happy guinea pigs
A healthy guinea pig is a happy guinea pig, and a happy guinea pig loves cuddles. So regularly grooming your guinea pig is an excellent way to keep an eye on its health, and of course, it helps build that all-important bond.
Do guinea pigs like to be petted?
It may seem like your guinea pig does not enjoy the experience. While some rare pigs will always dislike physical contact, you can convince yours to enjoy petting by building up his trust slowly and bribing him with treats.
What is the rarest guinea pig color?
What is the rarest guinea pig color? The rarest guinea pig color out there would be of the guinea pig called the white crested. These animals come in numerous types of coats and are seen to be predominantly of the color gold. White-crested guinea pigs are quite easy to groom as they are short-haired.
Do guinea pigs like to be held?
Most guinea pigs like to be held when they trust the person who’s doing the holding and the environment that they’re being held in. There are guinea pigs that will seek out their owners to be picked up. But, some guinea pigs prefer to not be held, even if they have bonded with you.
Do guinea pigs need to be in pairs?
Guinea pigs are naturally sociable creatures that need companionship to stay happy. In the wild, they live together in large herds, so they should always be kept in pairs or small groups.
What is the cutest type of guinea pig?
The Teddy guinea pig is one of the cutest cavies around. Their coat is dense and almost wiry to the touch, but it is short and easy to maintain. A distinguishing feature of this breed is its little upturned nose, making it look more like a plush toy than a pet.
What is the lifespan of a guinea pig?
Guinea pigs live an average of five to seven years. This lifespan is longer than many other small pets such as hamsters, gerbils, mice or rats, all of whom only live up to a few years.
What is the calmest breed of guinea pig?
Not only are Silkies known for their soft and silky coats (hence their breed name), they are often regarded as the most calm and laid-back breed of guinea pigs. Due to their calm personality, Silkies can be a great choice for a child’s pet (as long as the child is old enough to safely and calmly handle a guinea pig).
Do guinea pigs need baths?
Unlike humans, guinea pigs will only ever need a bath approximately 2 to 4 times a year. For hairless varieties, bathing is very rarely encouraged due to their particularly sensitive skin, and their difficulty in regulating their temperature.
Can guinea pigs get lonely?
In their natural habitat, guinea pigs are incredibly social little animals and live in muddles of 10 or more. Guinea pigs who live alone will experience loneliness, boredom and more than likely develop behavioural problems. It also has a negative impact on its physical well-being.
How often should I clean my guinea pig cage?
In addition to cleaning your guinea pig’s habitat & accessories completely once a week, spot cleaning should be done daily. Spot cleaning can be done by removing soiled litter and bedding with a small food or litter scoop.
Do guinea pigs need salt licks?
While guinea pigs absolutely need a diet specialized for their needs, a salt (or mineral) lick isn’t needed. Actually, it’s best to totally stay away from them. Lean on the good stuff to provide your cavy the nutrients needed to keep ’em in tip-top shape.
Is it OK to have just 1 guinea pig?
To summarise, a guinea pig can live alone, but ideally shouldn’t. This is because they are social animals that want and need the companionship of other guinea pigs. A piggy on its own requires a lot of care and interaction, which is why experts recommend keeping at least two guinea pigs together.
Can guinea pigs eat bananas?
Overall, bananas can be a great treat every once in a while for healthy guinea pigs. They are great health benefits like potassium and vitamin C, both are vital for your pig’s health. Bananas can also be harmful to your guinea pig if they are not properly portioned due to their high levels of sugar and fiber.
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Long Hair DO Care! The Ultimate Guide to Caring for Long-Hair Guinea Pigs It’s no secret that, here at Kavee, we love guinea pigs for their cute little faces and wheeking sounds. But did you know that our favourite furry friends also have one other adorable attribute? That’s right – guinea pigs are much admired for their beautiful coats of fur. But there’s really no such thing as a ‘standard’ guinea pig hairstyle. Depending on their breed, some piggies have short, smooth hair whereas others have longer, wilder, luscious locks – and of course they can all be a variety of stunning shades. As far as we’re concerned, all guinea pigs are utterly gorgeous and make amazing animal companions. However it’s worth knowing that long-haired piggies require some extra TLC and grooming in order to keep them looking their best and staying healthy and happy. Which guinea pig breeds are considered long-haired? Here are the 9 long-haired guinea pig breeds: Peruvian Texel Silkie (Sheltie) Coronet Lunkarya Sheba Merino Alpaca Abyssinian* * It’s worth noting that Abyssinians don’t have hair which grows as long as the other breeds on our list. However, they do have thick, dense fur which forms in rosettes and grows to about 2 inches long. Bear in mind that, as their fur can get a little unruly, Abyssinians may require extra care and grooming but not to the same extent as the other breeds in this guide. 9 Breeds of Long-Haired Guinea Pigs With Amazing Manes | PetMD Do long-haired guinea pigs need to be groomed? The short answer to this question is….YES! Long-haired piggies need grooming and cleaning – and rather a lot of it too – in order to keep their locks under control. Think of it as an essential part of guinea pig care. Of course, all guinea pigs – no matter how long their fur – regularly groom themselves. They do this by secreting a liquid from their eyes and brushing it through their fur with their front paws. They tend to stand on their hind legs to do this. Ingenious! However, your pet will also need some extra grooming help from you in order to keep them in tip top condition. Think of it as a guinea pig spa – and everyone loves a spa day, right? Why is it important to groom and clean long-haired guinea pigs? First things first, this isn’t about vanity, although obviously regular grooming and cleaning will keep your piggy looking fabulous. The truth is that if you allow your little one’s mane to flow free, the result could be extremely matted, dirty, unkempt hair, which could, in turn, lead to some pretty nasty health issues for your pig, such as: Skin Infections – When left to grow too long, a guinea pig’s hair can become soiled, particularly around their bottom. If a guinea pig poops and wees on their hair, it will leave it wet and dirty. When wet fur comes into direct contact with a guinea pig’s skin, it can cause irritation and soreness which may lead to nasty skin infections. Fly Strike – In warmer weather, particularly in spring and summer months, flies are abundant and they tend to prey on ill-kept animals. Guinea pigs are no exception to this and if they are left in dirty conditions, with wet, soiled or matted fur, flies may choose them as a host site for their eggs. These eggs then develop into maggots which eat their host’s flesh. Sadly, fly strike is potentially fatal. It’s a horrifying thought isn’t it? That’s why it’s crucial to understand how important hygiene is for guinea pigs – and particularly for long-haired guinea pigs who are more vulnerable to fly strike if their fur is not properly cared for. Lice – Long-haired guinea pigs are at a higher risk of hosting these tiny, unwanted parasites. Lengthy, dense strands of hair offer lice more protection and opportunity to lay and attach their eggs. Lice infestations can cause your guinea pig discomfort and distress as well as resulting in…
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Any One of These Guinea Pig Breeds Would Make a Great Family Pet Every item on this page was chosen by a Woman’s Day editor. We may earn commission on some of the items you choose to buy. Lifestyle Pets 12 Guinea Pig Breeds Because, Yes, There Is More Than One 12 Guinea Pig Breeds Because, Yes, There Is More Than One You probably didn’t even know there were so many. Cavan ImagesGetty Images Your kids might be convinced they’re ready for a dog, but you know that you would end up doing most of the feeding, walking, and cleaning that dogs require. For families who are first-time pet owners, veterinarians often recommend smaller pets, like guinea pigs, because, as Dr. Laurie Hess, DVM, wrote for VetStreet, guinea pigs are less fragile than other small animals like rabbits and hamsters. And, much like a dog, there are a number of guinea pig breeds to chose from. A guinea pig’s breed can affect its temperament, hair type and maintenance, and health conditions. Once you’ve figured out what guinea pig breed is best for you, you could head to your local animal shelter or check out an online guinea pig rescue. .In addition to a variety of breeds and lack of fragility, guinea pigs are relatively easy to care for. They don’t usually suffer from serious medical conditions as long as they’re properly cared for. They also eat a relatively simple diet of hay, fresh vegetables, pelleted food, and, according to Hess, a vitamin C supplement. Their water supply should be refreshed regularly, and their cage should be lined with bedding that is cleaned throughout the week. These are all tasks that kids can perform pretty easily, which is why guinea pigs make a far less daunting first pet than a dog, for instance.Have we convinced you to adopt a guinea pig just yet? Here are some of the most popular guinea pig breeds, though new breeds are still emerging 1 of 12 American Guinea Pig The American guinea pig is the most common breed, according to Guinea Pig Hub. They have a sweet, lively temperament, making them great companions for kids. Their short hair also makes them much easier to groom and take care of than long-haired guinea pigs. 2 of 12 Crested Guinea Pig Crested, also known as White Crested, guinea pigs often look very similar to American guinea pigs, but they have a swirl or “crown” of hair on top of their heads, according to Guinea Pig Hub. Their temperament is similar to the Americans and their coats are also easy to maintain. 3 of 12 Coronet Guinea Pig Coronet guinea pigs are long-haired guinea pigs with a swirl at the top of their heads from which their hair grows and parts, according to Spruce Pets. They are curious and playful, according to Somerzby Pet Products, but they require a lot of grooming thanks to their long coat. 4 of 12 Peruvian Guinea Pig Peruvian guinea pigs have the longest hair of all the breeds, to the point that it usually covers their eyes. A Peruvian holds the record for longest hair on a guinea pig at 21 inches, so don’t adopt or buy this breed unless you’re prepared to keep a regimented grooming schedule. Some owners of Peruvians trim their long hair to make it more manageable, but Guinea Pig Hub recommends letting it grow naturally.Peruvians are just as sweet as other breeds, but they are often much more alert and curious. 5 of 12 Himalayan Guinea Pig Himalayan guinea pigs have the coloring of Siamese cats, though their dark points don’t usually develop until a few months after they’re born. Their eyes are red, so their overall color combination is incredibly unique. Though Guinea Pig Hub notes that they are sociable and gentle, Himalayan guinea pigs are best for people who have owned guinea pigs before because they’re somewhat high maintenance and need to stay indoors, according to Somerzby Pet Products. 6 of…
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How Do You Care for a Long-Haired Peruvian Guinea Pig?
How Do You Care for a Long-Haired Peruvian Guinea Pig?Suzanne promotes guinea pig culture as they are great pets, especially for children.Peruvian guinea pigs are absolutely gorgeous, but they require far more attention to grooming, hygiene and health when caring for them.Peruvian guinea pigs are the best known and most spectacular of the long-haired guinea pig breeds, and their long, silky hair can grow to floor length (12 to 14 inches) or even longer in show specimens. They were one of the first long-haired breeds to be selectively bred for showing in the fifteenth century. As their hair is so long, they can sometimes be mistaken for wigs and attract many comments, ranging from “Which end is which?” to “May I pat it?”Caring for a Peruvian guinea pig can be a lot of responsibility, so they are not suitable as a first guinea pig or as a first pet. People often keep Peruvian guinea pigs for showing and breeding, but they are high-maintenance and require far more care than other breeds, including attentive grooming and bathing routines and a focus on excellent hygiene and health.Many owners use hair wraps between shows to keep a Peruvian guinea pig’s long hair from getting matted or dirty.Just Chaos (Jean), CC-BY-2.0, via FlickrGeneral Hair Care and Daily GroomingPeruvians come in Agouti, Marked, Tricolour, Bicolour, Self or Solid colours, which are a lighter shade of colour than other guinea pigs. The breed is curious, fun-loving and alert. Other long-haired guinea pig breeds include the Sheltie (Silkie) which has hair growing backward from its face (or from the neck in a mane) and Texels, which have coarse, curly ringlets.The long hair of a Peruvian guinea pig is caused by a gene, and they are unable to groom themselves because of the length. The hair parts down the back and falls towards the floor, covering the face.Dealing With Matting and SoilingMany Peruvian owners keep the hair rolled up between shows to prevent matting, as a matted coat causes discomfort and irritation and the skin underneath may become sore, infected and ulcerated. Large mats can also affect the guinea pig’s ability to feed itself if they occur under the chin or interfere with leg movement if on the legs.Regular clipping, daily grooming and daily examinations are a must to check for soiling, particularly during warmer weather or in warmer climates. Check especially around the rear end for a clean bottom and bathe the hindquarters when they become soiled.How to Give a Peruvian Guinea Pig a Basic HaircutPat your guinea pig and give it something to eat. Comb the hair in the direction that it grows (mostly down) to remove knots. Trim the hair away from the body with small, sharp scissors. This guinea pig’s unusual rhinoceros style haircut is an example of working with colouring and creativity to come up with a unique look.Grooming RegimensGroom your Peruvian guinea pig daily, brushing the hair in the direction it grows. Use a soft brush that removes loose hairs, tangles and pieces of twig, dry leaves or burrs that may be caught up in the hair. Having a grooming routine from a young age will allow your Peruvian guinea pig to get used to gentle daily grooming.If you are not planning on showing your Peruvian, then it might be better to keep their hair trimmed so it won’t tangle or get dirty so easily. Many show breeders tie up the hair on tissue paper and fasten it with rubber bands to keep it beautiful and out of the way.Beware of Fly StrikeIt is important to keep Peruvian guinea…
53 Guinea Pigs With The Most Majestic Hair – Bored Panda
53 Guinea Pigs With The Most Majestic Hair 1.1Mviews What do Rapunzel, Ariana Grande, and a guinea pig have in common? If you guessed hair, you are right.There are many species of guinea pigs, but Abyssinian, Peruvian, Coronet and Silkie guinea pigs are unique in their impressive, floor-length fur. These little creatures are beautiful to look at, but require a lot of care because of their unusual locks.Take a look at a few of these long-haired beauties and vote for the best “hairstyles”. Anyone can write on Bored Panda. Start writing! Follow Bored Panda on Google News! Follow Author, Community member In 2014, Vaiva finished her university studies and was proudly presented with a Communication degree. Since then, she has gained experience in journalism, creative writing, and public relations. Vaiva has been working for Bored Panda since 2016 and has extensive knowledge of Internet lore. She loves cats, tattoos, listening to BTS, and sleeping. Read more » What do you think ? Anne Madag 5 years agoNice collection, they are all cute, and I feel envy, they have a beautiful hair unlike mine. :’3 i_know_im_amazing 5 years agoMy hair is super frizzy so now i’m just jealous… 🙂 they’re so cute!!! varwenea 5 years agoI want one! They are so cute and preeetttyyy… Load More Comments Anne Madag 5 years agoNice collection, they are all cute, and I feel envy, they have a beautiful hair unlike mine. :’3 i_know_im_amazing 5 years agoMy hair is super frizzy so now i’m just jealous… 🙂 they’re so cute!!! varwenea 5 years agoI want one! They are so cute and preeetttyyy… Load More Comments
Peruvian For Sale | Guinea Pig Breeds – Omlet
Peruvian Guinea Pigs | Peruvian For Sale | Guinea Pig Breeds Currently, there is a waiting time due to high demand. Please see our Delivery page for more information. Appearance Friendliness Hardiness Garden The Peruvian is one of the oldest breeds of guinea pigs, having been established in this country for well over 100 years. They are believed to have come over to this country from South America via France. They are basically long-haired rosetted guinea pigs, they are born short haired, with two rosettes. As the guinea pig grows, so does its hair, and the top hair parts and grows downwards. The hair around their bottom can reach 20 inches in length, and they have a long fringe which covers their eyes. They are not pets for the faint-hearted! If they are kept as a pet their hair is best trimmed, and they require regular grooming and bathing. Without constant care their hair becomes readily matted. If they are kept for showing then their flowing locks are usually kept in wrappers (curlers!) to keep them clean. Peruvians also have a tendency to chew each others coats, a behaviour known as barbering, and show stock may have to be kept by themselves. Peruvians come in a variety of colours, the most popular being tricolour (slate, cream and white) or a mixture of two colours, slate and white, cream and white, or slate and cream. Fairly common Please note: All chickens listed here are for collection only. They cannot be delivered by the seller or by Omlet. The seller will send you their contact details to arrange payment and collection. Sorry, there are currently no Peruvian listed for Sale
Guinea Pigs With Long Hair – Omlet
Guinea Pigs With Long Hair | Choosing A Guinea Pig | Guinea Pigs | Guide Long-haired guinea pigs vary in the length of their locks. Peruvian guinea pigs, for example, have hair that can grow up to twenty inches if left untrimmed! GPs with long hair need regular trimming and constant grooming. Many owners opt to cut the hair short, or – easier still – opt for a shorter haired variety. Guinea pigs can become very uncomfortable if their hair is not trimmed, as it can restrict their vision and movement. Long-haired guinea pig breeds such as this Sheltie require lots of grooming and hair care Although grooming guinea pigs’ hair takes time, many owners of long-haired breeds love it, and the GPs enjoy the attention too. There is no doubt that a beautifully-groomed long-haired guinea pig show winner is a spectacular beast. Long-haired guinea pig breeds include: Coronet Lunkyara Peruvian Sheltie Silkie Texel
Peruvian – Long Hair – UFAW
Peruvian – Long Hair Long Hair Outline: The abnormally long fur of the Peruvian guinea pig is due to an autosomal recessive gene. Peruvian guinea pigs are unable to groom themselves adequately because of the length of their fur and their coats are prone to becoming matted which can lead to skin infections. Because the fur often becomes matted and soiled, they are at particular risk of fly strike. These conditions can adversely affect the animals’ welfare with effects ranging from discomfort to intense pain. Summary of Information (for more information click on the links below) 1. Brief description The fur of the guinea pig varies between breeds. There are various long haired breeds, the best known of which is the Peruvian, which has long, silky hair growing all over its head and body, so that it is difficult to identify which end of the animal is which. The hair can grow up to 50 cms long (Alderton 2001; https://www.omlet.co.uk/breeds/breeds.php?breed_type=Guinea+Pigs&breed=Peruvian). Normally, wild or short-haired guinea pigs are able to groom and care for their fur themselves but this is impossible for the Peruvian. The long coat is very vulnerable to matting, where the fur becomes tangled together in a dense, confused mass, and this occurs rapidly without regular grooming (Alderton 2001; https://www.omlet.co.uk/breeds/breeds.php?breed_type=Guinea+Pigs&breed=Peruvian). A matted coat causes discomfort and, if severely matted, the skin underneath may become sore and infected. Large mats can physically affect the guinea pig’s ability to feed if, for example, the mats are below the chin, or can interfere with normal movement when the mats involve the limbs (RWF 2007). As well as matting of the fur, Peruvians are predisposed to other problems because of their long coats. These include: difficulties in mating; difficulties in nursing – as the pups (baby guinea pigs) cannot easily find the nipples to feed; and fly strike (in which flies lay their eggs on the guinea pig and on hatching, the maggots feed on its body tissues – eating it alive). Fly-strike is a life-threatening, painful and distressing condition. Although regular grooming or clipping/ trimming is recommended and will prevent the diseases associated with long hair, Guinea pigs may find these procedures uncomfortable and stressful. Peruvians are ‘high maintenance’ guinea pigs that need regular and prolonged attention from their owner to maintain their coat condition and avoid disease and discomfort. 2. Intensity of welfare impact Peruvian guinea pig fur mats readily. Matted fur can be uncomfortable causing irritation, sore and infected skin and, if severe, can affect ability to feed and mobility. Regular grooming or trimming can be stressful and may be painful too. All these factors can compromise the quality of life for these guinea pigs. The long coat and matting predisposes the breed to experiencing a life-threatening condition: fly strike. This condition causes significant pain, distress and suffering (Cousquer 2006). Veterinary visits can cause significant stress in prey species (such as the guinea pig). They may show few obvious signs of pain so suffering may be underestimated and problems may be undetected until they are severe (Fawcett 2011). As far as we are aware, the impact of the long fur on the guinea pigs ability to regulate their body temperature effectively has not been investigated but it seems likely that Peruvian guinea pigs may be at greater risk of thermal discomfort in warm environmental conditions than short-haired breeds. 3. Duration of welfare impact The welfare risks of long fur are life-long, and can only be reduced by regular trimming and/or daily grooming. Matting and fly strike can occur at any age. Matting can cause discomfort and irritation of days to weeks in duration and can cause pain if the skin beneath the…