From the viewpoint of most people, looking at guinea pigs is like watching one of the cutest animals on the planet. Still, it is quite hard to differentiate different guinea pig species by just looking at them; we should be able to distinguish guinea pig species from the various types.
It is said that all guinea pigs share a few characteristics which should be the same no matter what breed. All guinea pigs or cavvies should have a round head, big eyes and smooth, small floppy ears. Guinea pigs are part of the rodent family which includes mice and rats. Now to figure out the breed of a guinea pig is a bit harder. As per research that I have done online, it is said that there are five main breeds of guinea pigs that can help you to differentiate one from the other. These are as follows:
Smooth-coated guinea pigs, as the name says, have smooth coats that are short. This is one of the easiest breeds of guinea pigs to find. Their coats are indeed very smooth, and short-haired; one only has to brush the coat to see that it is smooth. After brushing the coat it will appear as though it has never been touched.
Now long-coated guinea pigs are the ones with long coats. By looking at the length of the coat of the cavy, if it long it is a good and accurate way of knowing it's breed. They also tend to have tufts of hair that stick out. Long haired breeds need to be groomed every day, otherwise the hair can become knotted.
Rough-coated guinea pigs are some of the hardest to take care of. Due to the roughness of the coat that this breed has, it is quite hard to groom the pet but due to the roughness of the coat. Its sticking out hair is quite unique and unbelievably beautiful to look at. The hair of some of these can feel very stiff.
The hairless breed of guinea pigs is the easiest to differentiate. It is a breed of guinea pigs that has genetic factors which affects the growth of hair in their body. Care is needed to take care of such pets because they need to make up for the loss of heat in their body due to the lack of hair.
Lastly is Colorations. Guinea Pigs have a lot of different colors. There are some with full single colors and some with combined colors that makes it more attractive, such as the tri-color variety of this breed.
These are the different breeds of guinea pigs. Cute pets that can make your day with one cute pose.
Posted in Health and Medical Post Date 04/11/2019