Peruvian Guinea Pigs are curious, fun loving and alert, cuddly, comical, and clever. They make wonderful pets for children and Families. They can be very social animals. The animals do better in pairs as they prefer company, so unless you have a lot of time to devote to your pet getting at least two is often a good idea. This Breed needs daily grooming care for its health and happiness.
Size: For guinea pigs that do have visible tails, they are still usually only between 1 inch (2.54 cm) and 1.5 inches (3.81 cm) long. And are often mostly hidden from sight by the guinea pig's fluffy, furry coat. Adult average guinea pig size in length can range from 8 inches (20 cm) to a full 12 inches (40 cm). Weighing 1.5 – 2.6 lbs.
Temperament & Personality: They are sociable animals and enjoy daily interaction. They are curious, fun loving alert, cuddly, comical, clever, calm, lighthearted, jovial, expressive, obedient, soft and friendly They love to vocalize with squeals, chirps, squeaks, and whistles. Cavies have a very good sense of smell and sensitive hearing. Although not known for their intelligence, they do recognize their owners and will seek them out and return affection.
Activity Requirements: Exercise is important to the health of your guinea pig. Without exercise, your guinea pig can grow to be very docile and timid. Provide toys and make a play time each day so they wont get bored and over weight.
Grooming Requirements and Housing: For Specific health issues grooming your Peruvian guinea pig daily is a must. Brush the hair in the direction it grows. Use a soft brush that removes loose hairs, tangles and pieces of twig, dry leaves or burrs that may be caught up in the hair. Having a grooming routine from a young age will allow your Peruvian guinea pig to get used to gentle daily grooming.
Guinea Pigs need a large habitat with a solid floor and room enough for a food dish, water bottle, bedding, and a hiding spot. One guinea pig: 7.5 square feet cage (minimum), but more is better; generally 30" x 36" is a good size. Temperature: The ideal temperature range for guinea pigs is approximately 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit. One guinea pig: 7.5 square feet cage (minimum), but more is better; generally 30" x 36" is a good size. Two guinea pigs: 7.5 square feet (minimum), but 10.5 square feet is preferred; generally 30" x 50" is a good size.
Colors: Peruvians come in Agouti, Marked, Tricolour, Bicolour, Self or Solid colours, which are a lighter shade of colour than other guinea pigs. Other long haired guinea pig breeds include the Sheltie (Silkie) which has hair growing backward from its face (or from the neck in a mane) and Texels, which have coarse, curly ringlets. colors include white, dark brown, light brown, black, and Rare grey colored coats. The long hair of a Peruvian guinea pig is caused by a gene and they are unable to groom themselves because of the length. The hair parts down the back and falls towards the floor, covering the face
History: Originating from Argentina, Peru, and Bolivia, the Peruvian guinea pig is one of the oldest breeds of guinea pigs in the world. They were brought to Paris in the late 1800s, and then brought to the United States. Guinea pigs are tail-less rodents that are native to the west coast of South America and since the mid-1800’s, laboratories have used them for research. The correct name for guinea pigs is Cavy, pronounced “kay-vee”. The guinea pig was first domesticated as long ago as 2000BC in the Andes in South America, in the region now known as Peru and Bolivia. They were originally kept for food, but some may have become family pets for the children at that time.
Origin: Argentina, Peru, and Bolivia
Life span: 4 – 8 years
Temperament: curious, fun loving alert, cuddly, comical, clever, calm, lighthearted, jovial, expressive, obedient, soft and friendly
Weight: 1.5 – 2.6 lbs
Colors: white, dark brown, light brown, black, and Rare grey colored coats.
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