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Types Of Guinea Pig Breeds

Updated on October 5, 2016
Types Of Guinea Pigs
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You may be thinking about getting a pet guinea pig, if so you're in luck they are among the most gentlest creatures on Earth. They make for awesome pets. But there are many types of guinea pig breeds so you may need some information to make a decision as to which one you want. No matter which type of pig you decide on getting I know you'll be happy with your new pet!

Types Of Guinea Pigs
Types Of Guinea Pigs | Source

Smooth Haired Guinea Pigs

These type of guinea pigs are also known as normal coated pigs because they are the most common type. They are short haired and their hair lies evenly amongst their skin. These type of guniea pigs don't require much care for their hair, which makes them an easy pet chocie for most of us.

Types Of Guinea Pigs
Types Of Guinea Pigs

Satin Coated Guinea Pigs

The hair of a satin coated guinea pig is similar to the smooth coated variety but their fur is softer and has more of a gleam.

Types Of Guinea Pigs
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Crowned And Crested Guinea Pigs

Crowned and crested haired guinea pigs have a crown of hair on the top of their head. The crowns are sometimes the same color as the rest of the pigs hair but it's also sometimes white. The rest of their coats are similar to the smooth coated guinea pigs hair.

Types Of Guinea Pigs
Types Of Guinea Pigs | Source

Abyssinian Guinea Pigs

These guinea pigs were first bred in Britain and they are now the second most popular type of guinea pig after the smooth coated pig. Abyssinian guinea pigs have symmetrical rosettes in their coats where their hair radiates from a central point. They also have a moustache over their nose. Their fur is coarse in texture.

Types Of Guinea Pigs
Types Of Guinea Pigs | Source

Long Haired Guinea Pigs

As you can imagine long haired guinea pigs need special attention when it comes to maintaining their fur such as regular grooming and trimming. They are beautiful pigs but you should not purchase one if you can't take on the extra responsibility.

Now that you know the different types of guinea pigs you can make a better informed decision on which pig you want to purchase!

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      Tonya 

      3 years ago

      I'm thinking about gettin a guinea pig, my concern is, I'm really wantin a calm lovable one. It will be held a lot, I'm afraid if I get one that's not very calm/lovable I won't have the patients with it.

    • LisaMarie724 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Stover 

      5 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Thanks Jackie, I miss mine so much. I need to get some more soon!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I think I have had every kind and they were fun especially being born with their eyes open and hopping around immediately! That was such a surprise. Been awhile now though since my kids are grown. Great info! ^

    • LisaMarie724 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Stover 

      5 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Thanks Glimmer Twin, sorry you had a bad experience.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      5 years ago

      Fascinating. I had no idea there were so many different types of guinea pigs, but then I'm not a huge fan because I was bitten by one years ago. Neat hub.

    • LisaMarie724 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Stover 

      5 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Thanks for reading and commenting guys!

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      Ruth Lanham 

      5 years ago

      Up and useful LisaMarie!

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      Ireno Alcala 

      5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Really, there are many types of guinea pigs these days, including those crossbreed.

      I haven't got one pair of guinea pigs as pets, but I'm going to try one of these days.

    • LisaMarie724 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Stover 

      5 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Thanks Laura. There are many pigs out there!

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      Laura Tykarski 

      5 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      My lord I didn't know there were so many different types -good hub voted up and interesting.

    • LisaMarie724 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Stover 

      5 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Thanks!

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      Bradrick H. 

      5 years ago from Texas

      I don't see myself getting one anytime soon, but they are very adorable looking. Thanks for the lesson on the different types of pigs. Great job writing! Voted up, and rated useful.

    • LisaMarie724 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Stover 

      5 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Thanks Gypsy Rose. I also love the long-haired, they are beautiful.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thanks for sharing this informative hub on guinea pigs. I thought one was quite like the other. I do love the long-haired type. Passing this on.

    • LisaMarie724 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Stover 

      5 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      In total I've had 3, all short haired. I'd love to get another kind. I simply love guinea pigs. Thanks for reading Eddy.

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      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      We used to have Guinea Pigs many years ago and the very first one in this hub looks like one of the first that I had. A great hub and thank you for sharing.

      Eddy.

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