The hairless guinea pig is a relatively new breed. It attracts attention just like the sphinx cat. What is worth knowing about them? Is the hairless guinea pig suitable for an allergy sufferer? What does the Himalayan pig look like? How long is the hair of an Abyssinian guinea pig? What are the breeds of domestic coffee? Can guinea Pig be black? A kennel or a pet store? What is the price for a guinea pig without hair? You can find answers to your questions here.
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Domestic coffee – breed, character
Without dander and with hair – possible varieties of guinea pigs
Guinea Pig comes from South America. In that part of the world, it is still bred for consumption as it used to be in the past. Eating guinea pigs is not practiced in Europe. Here they are bred mainly for hobby and companionship.
Guinea pigs can be divided into breeds according to the length of their hair. There are:
- short-haired – it is Abyssinian guinea pig (rosette), smooth-haired (American), amercian crested, english crested, rex, teddy.
- longhair – the most popular straight-haired guinea pigs are pervivanka, sheltie, angora and coronet, and with curly hair texel, merino, alpaca and lunkarya.
- hairless – Hairless guinea pigs are skinny and baldwin.
The oldest breed is the smooth-haired guinea pig. She is an extraordinary clean-cut and she can take care of her short fur herself, which is why she is often chosen by busy people. Its long-haired counterpart is sheltie. Abyssinian guinea pig is also common, it has characteristic rosettes on its body and looks as if it was disheveled. Her version with long hair is angora. Long-haired guinea pigs can have hair up to 15 cm. The Peruvian Guinea Pig (Guinea Pig) has a thick coat that completely surrounds it. She has a part, a rosette on her head and a fringe that falls over her eyes.
This rodent has different colors: one-color (monocolor), two-color (bicolor) and tricolor (tricolor). The guinea pig can be white, black, gold, red, beige, cream, saffron, buff, sable, stale blue. Different meanings are allowed. Some of the colors have their own names. There is agouti (alternating light and dark stripes of color), roan (white and darker hair blend all over the body), dutch (colored head, bangs and front half of the body white), dalmatian (white fur, dark spots). Himalayan (Himalaya) pigs have red eyes, a white body, and a brown or black nose, feet, and ears. If you are planning on breeding this pet, check also this article about recommended guinea pig toys.
Bald guinea pig – what is it like?
Hairless skinny guinea pig is born like this. It has only rudimentary fur on its face and limbs. Her skin is velvety to the touch. She was bred in a laboratory. Baldwin, on the other hand, has hair at first, but it falls out over time. The skin of this guinea pig is rough.
It is similar in nature to other pigs. She is energetic and cheerful. He becomes attached to the man with whom he spends a lot of time. Her cage shouldn’t stand in a corner where she can’t see anything – she likes to observe her surroundings. It’s a good idea to fence off a section of the floor before you let it go. Otherwise, it may hide in a corner or bite the cables. It is not a lively animal, so in fact the top of the cage does not have to be closed, but it is good to have it all built up. Guinea Pig is active both at night and during the day.
It is not cold-resistant. You have to remember about warm bedding for her. You can give a blanket to the cage, in which it will be able to hide. Her skin is delicate and can often suffer various injuries, so she must be handled gently.
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Remember to take care of these critters. The skinny guinea pig needs weekly bathing and rubbing with olive oil, otherwise it may dry out the skin. The claws should also be trimmed. You have to check your teeth regularly to make sure they are not too long. The guinea pig should wipe them off by itself, but if this does not happen, take it to the vet immediately.
Is a bald guinea pig for an allergy sufferer?
Hairless guinea pigs can cause allergies to the same extent as hairy guinea pigs. It is not the hair that causes the allergy, but the protein (contained in urine and saliva) and pheromones. They are much more sensitizing males, especially those that mark the area. It also sensitizes the epidermis. A bald guinea pig does not lose any hair on which it could leave saliva and dead skin, but it is still allergic.
Guinea Pig lives 6-8 years. Some individuals live up to 10 years. Older rodents are rare, although the life expectancy record for guinea pigs is 14 years and 10 months. Health problems begin at the age of 5-6.
Guinea pigs often have dental problems. Too long prevents them from eating, and when bacteria build up there and become infected, they can fall out. However, quickly diagnosing the cause and treating the disease can prevent this from happening. In addition, domestic coffee can also suffer from tuberculosis, salmonellosis, pasteurellosis, lichen, and scabies. Skin problems can be caused by stress, nutritional mistakes, or too many herds. You should visit your vet with your guinea pig when you notice symptoms such as:
shortness of breath
avoiding human contact,
- small spots on the skin,
Guinea pig breeding – price, nutrition information
How Much Does a Bald Guinea Pig Cost?
The price mainly depends on where you buy the guinea pig from. In a pet store, it will cost PLN 20-80. The farm will ask for more – from 100 to 300 PLN. Hairless guinea pigs in farms can often be bought for PLN 200.
A registered kennel is definitely a safer choice. All the specimens there are tested and have a pedigree. It is also received by the buyer of a small guinea pig, which entitles him to participate in exhibitions. They are also healthy and well-groomed individuals. During the meeting, you can assess with your own eyes what are the conditions in which the guinea pigs are staying. It is important that there are not too many individuals in the cage and that they have food and water. They should not show aggression towards other animals or people, and they should not appear sick.
When deciding on a guinea pig, you should know that it is a herd, so it needs a companion for companionship. It’s best to buy two coffees from the same place right away. Guinea pigs get along very strongly, which makes separation difficult for them. If you plan to buy a second cup later, you have to bear in mind that the first one may not be so easy to accept. It will defend its territory and may behave aggressively.
What can guinea Pig eat?
It is a herbivorous animal. It is advisable to get hay and dry food for guinea pigs every day. He also likes vegetables (including carrots, broccoli, beets, parsley, peppers, tomatoes, radishes). Fruit may be given from time to time (e.g. apple, bananas, melons). He will not disdain grass and herbs (e.g. basil, dill, dandelion).
The guinea pig should not be fed rabbit food. It does not contain the right amount of vitamins. It is mainly about the vitamin C that the guinea pig needs. Its deficiency can lead to various diseases. A hairless guinea pig diet should be high in calories to maintain body temperature.
Beans must not be served (they are poisonous to domestic coffee beans). Just like onions, cabbage or potatoes. Milk can cause diarrhea which will be life-threatening to your guinea pig. She should only be given water to drink. You should constantly replenish the drinker so that it never runs out.