Guinea pigs are popular small animals that many love to have as pets. But your guinea pig's fur indicates more than just a cool hairdo, it also indicates their breed. There are a number of different guinea pig breeds. Which one is your guinea pig?
The Abyssinian is set apart from other breeds of guinea pig by its coat, which is marked with radially growing swirls or cowlicks of hair referred to as rosettes. The shorthaired guinea pig breed is likely the oldest of the pet guinea pig breeds. It’s also one of the most popular and is probably the breed people picture when thinking of guinea pigs. Peruvian cavies need to be groomed almost daily as their fur is so long, it can get matted and dirty easily. The Peruvian’s topcoat can grow to a length of up two feet, but its undercoat grows only to a maximum of seven inches. The Skinny Pig is an almost hairless breed of Guinea pig. Skinny pigs typically have hair on their muzzles, feet, and legs, but are hairless over the remainder of their bodies. Some of them have a thin covering of fuzzy hair on their backs as well. The Teddy’s most unique feature may be the rough coat they have. Another known feature of the Teddy is their upturned nose, also called the “Roman nose.” Unlike the nose of other breeds, the Roman nose is much wider and a bit curvier. Texels have long, curly hair that flows back over their body. Their tightly wound, corkscrew curls cover their entire body, including their stomach, and they can have a central part.