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Guinea Pigs

Guinea Pigs are the ideal beginner pet because they are social animal that very rarely bite or scratch and although they can be nervous, they are normally very quite animals which become tamer the more they are handled. When fully grown, at about 16 weeks, a Guinea Pig will be about 20-30cm in length, so they are quite large and will need space. 

Petmania Guinea Pig

When you first take your guinea pig home, he will be nervous, and will take a little time to get used to you, and his new surroundings, but with the right care and attention he will soon become your best friend.

Some popular species of Guinea Pig include:

The American Guinea Pig is the most common guinea pig species, recognizable by their short smooth hair, which will require very little grooming care.

Albino Guinea Pigs which have a distinctive white coat and pink eyes.

Abyssinian Guinea Pig - are easy to spot as their hair is longer and slightly curly and will be particularly silky and shiny. Although their hair is in whirls they keep themselves relativity clean. Although they do not like to be held as much as smooth haired Guinea Pigs, they do love to be talked to, and can be quite vocal themselves.

Company for Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs are sociable animals and prefer to live with another guinea pig rather than alone.

Natural instincts will cause unneutered Guinea Pigs to fight, so it is recommended that you neuter your Guinea Pigs. Recommended pairings are two females, or a neutered male and a neuter female.

Two male Guinea Pigs will fight, so it is recommended that they are not kept together.


Guinea Pigs have an average lifespan of four to eight years.


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