The texel guinea pig is a very distinctive rodent, with curly-like hair. Guinea Pig will be a great friend, provided you take good care of the pig. Of course, the types of guinea pigs vary widely. We have, for example, crested pig (smoothhaired), rosette (longhaired), merino, rex and also hairless guinea pigs (skinny guinea pig). But what if we combine some of these varieties? Well, a rex guinea pig combined with a sheltie produces a guinea pig… texel! What more is worth knowing about it? What is the price of texel mumps? We explain!
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Texel guinea pig – photos
What does texel mumps look like?
The height of texel pigs is similar to that of other species of guinea pigs – e.g. longhaired rosette, merino or crested pig. An adult texel mump will usually be between 20 and 25 cm in size, and males may be slightly larger than females.
Rex and Sheltie guinea pigs have crossed each other to create a completely new variety. This is how the texel guinea pig was created. Breeders have long devised a method to get rid of the slightly bristly hair of a rex pig. This is why texel mumps hair feels soft to the touch, even though it is really twisted. It is said that the shape of the pig’s villi is somewhat reminiscent of corkscrews, which turn into a beautiful wave when combed. Although texel pig has a body with really long hair, it is not bristly – it is soft, curly and delicate.
How do I take care of a texel guinea pig?
Guinea pigs are different from each other. There are different varieties in the world that differ enormously in appearance – such as the skinny guinea pig and the rosette pig. In fact, no matter which pig you buy, you need to take care of it properly.
The texel guinea pig is a long-haired rodent, so caring for it will be especially important in this case. Especially since pigs do not shed and their hair is constantly growing. In order for texel to have no problems, it is necessary to properly care for her hair, which can grow up to 20 centimeters! So, caring is essential. If you neglect your mumps and your mumps hair, it is likely that your mumps hair will become matted and it will be very disturbing to your mumps. Due to the tangles, texel mumps may have a problem with scratching, and food scraps will surely stick into wavy hair. In order for guinea Pig not to have such problems, you should take care of your pig, comb its hair and nurture it – from time to time washing it with a special shampoo in lukewarm water.
As with any mumps, claw trimming is also important. Some pigs grind them off by themselves, but most have a problem with that. When pigs’ claws are too long, they can accidentally hurt themselves. In addition, too long claws restrict the movement of texel pigs, because it is difficult for them to raise their feet. It also happens that the uncut claws create deformities, as well as inflammations that are difficult to remove. Don’t you want your piggy to suffer? Well, trim her claws regularly! If you have no idea how to do it or are simply afraid to cut your mumps claws, go to the vet. In the office, you will be able to ask not only about trimming claws, but also how to care for specific species of pigs. If you are planning to buy this type of fur pet, also check out this article on guinea pig sheltie.
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Texel guinea pigs – photos
What to feed a texel guinea pig?
If the pig is to be happy and healthy, it is necessary to introduce great restrictions on the nutrition of rodents. The types of food vary, but guinea Pig requires special care and a well-balanced food. It is worth taking advice from texel pig breeders. You should feed your mumps twice a day, making it accustomed to specific feeding times. The mandatory foods include herbs, hay, additional nutritional accessories for the guinea pig (e.g. vitamin C or vegetable flask) and dry food (properly balanced and intended only for domestic coffee).
In addition to dry food, pigs should eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, preferably fresh. They should be washed and dried, and cooled down a bit – especially when you keep everything in the refrigerator. Pig’s bellies are quite sensitive, and unfortunately, poorly fed food could quickly harm them. The basic fruits and vegetables for pigs include:
parsley (parsley and root)
spinach (watch out for its acidity!)
watermelon (from time to time)
- banana (occasionally)
Do guinea pigs get sick?
Of course it is, and so are most animals. Pigs sometimes have big problems, although their bodies are relatively small. So it happens that texel mumps can get sick with:
- constipation and diarrhea
- molars overgrowth,
- bronchitis or pneumonia,
- inflammation of the eye or the cornea,
- internal or external parasites (such as fleas).
The price of the texel guinea pig
A breeding pig usually costs over PLN 300, although sometimes this amount can be much larger or much smaller. However, if the price is extremely “suspicious” (ie too low), you should carefully consider buying such a pig. Probably the mumps do not come from a registered breeding, but from an ordinary pseudo-breeder. The fact is, the price may be tempting. However, mumps, as a result of mismanagement of pigs by a pseudo-breeder, may have a character problem or have genetic defects. What if she was bred to a great extent and her cage did not contain accessories for the guinea pig, but only sawdust?
Before buying the pig, see what conditions it lived in. Often, pigs have little space in the pet store, later having difficulty moving around. Smiling and full of joy, the pig will come exclusively from professional breeding. Therefore, it is worth reading opinions about texel pig farms in Poland, before you decide to buy a rodent. Often, it is the first days of a pig’s life that determine its later behavior – and probably no one wants an unfriendly, perpetually scared “savage” at home?