If you have decided that a guinea pig is the pet for you then the next step is finding the perfect guinea pig. It doesn’t seem to matter what pet store you visit, a cute little guinea pig is somewhere close by. The trick to finding your perfect pet is to know a little about them first, and you might like to learn that there are in fact 13 varieties of Cavy, or guinea pig. All 13 are very different in personality and in appearance, so a lot will depend on what breed you are wanting. They all have similarities like the body shape, and style, and they all should weigh no more than 32 ounces when fully grown.
The most popular breed of Cavy is by far the American Cavy. They have a very short sleek coat of fur and they would have to be one of the most elegant of all the breeds. Full of personality, they are great with children and make wonderful pets. To complete the picture, the American Cavy has a roman (slightly rounded) nose.
Then there is the Abyssinian, or The Abby breed. This breed is known as a rough coat. With circular fur patterns called rosettes, which are symmetrical along the body, they are a nice breed of Cavy with a playful personality. There is also a softer furred variety of the Abby, known as the Satin breed.
Then there is Teddy, a breed that grows in popularity all the time. Also one of the most unique of all cavy’s because of its fur coat. Very short and dense fur, the hair all over their body stands erect, similar to a small dog. Because of the cuddly features of the Teddy, it actually does resemble a teddy bear. These make great pets as they are relatively docile and gentle. A great pet for any child.
Finding the perfect guinea pig will lead you to the Texel breed if you are lucky enough. This is an extremely interesting breed. Long haired, in curls and ringlets of fur. These ringlets appear over their entire body including the underside and the forehead, although they do grow out as the animal gets older. The Texel has a short body and a short nose. They do not require grooming like other long haired Cavy’s, but their ringlets need maintenance. These are beautiful guinea pigs, filled with personality, and come in a huge range of colors.
Still finding the perfect guinea pig, well what about the Peruvian? Another long haired breed, beautiful, and elegant. This breed does require daily grooming so you will need to be able to schedule this into your day. They are vibrant, and come in a large range of colors, with energy to burn. Because of the level of required care, this breed may not be the most suitable for young children.
When you have investigated the available breeds, and there are more than those listed here, it is important to take the time to finding your perfect guinea pig. If you can, find a local breeder and see if they can point you in the right direction. Always be careful with the information you receive from pet stores, as they do not always know the answers to your questions, and sometimes they are not too sure of the specific nature of some breeds of animal. There will be a local authority on Guinea Pigs, and they will help you in finding the perfect guinea pig for you.