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Silkie Guinea Pig

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Silkie Guinea PigThe Silkie, called the "Sheltie" in England, was originally called the "Angora." The Silkie is a rather new new breed and was only introduced in the 1970s. They were initially bred in the United Kingdom and are the offspring of a Peruvian and a "Self Black" guinea pig.

The Silkie is a long-haired breed like the Peruvian Guinea Pig, but unlike the Peruvian, there is no long, frontal sweep or hair that covers the face. Instead, the hair sweeps back from the head forming a mane, and there is no part down the back.

When viewed from above, the Silkie appears to be tear-shaped, thanks to it's wide body and smaller head, and the fur is soft, fine, and very shiny.

Most silkie owners consider their pets to be rather "shy" but very gentle and laid back. Use food to bribe them out of their cages and spend time teaching them to be more comfortable around humans. Since they require daily brushing, they are not recommended as pets for small children.

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Teddy Guinea Pig

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teddy guinea pigThe Teddy guinea pig's most distinctive characteristic is it's short, wire-looking coat. While we use the term "wiry" to describe the coat, it's important to note that it's quite soft to the touch. In fact, they look much like teddy bears (which is how it received it's name).

The body of the Teddy is similar to the American Guinea Pig in length and size. You'll also notice that the Teddy has a "Roman nose" (which means it's bowed out and hooked a bit). Like most of the various breeds, their unique coat is due to a genetic mutation. It only became a recognized breed in 1978, so they are rather new to the market. Nevertheless, their happy disposition made it quite popular and today you'll find them everywhere. The Teddy Satin
The Teddy Satin has the same general appearance as the Teddy, but the coat has a glossy sheen. Satin Teddies are less common than the standard Teddy, but they are growing in popularity and were recently recognized by the ACBA.

Teddy Guinea Pigs are natural entertainers and love to be the center of attention, making them great choices for children. They tend towards a life expectancy of about seven years.

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Caring for your Guinea Pig

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It's National Adopt-A-Guinea-Pig month! So of course we needed to take a closer look at this interesting, entertaining pet. In the coming days, we'll be examining the various types of guinea pigs, how you can create a great home for your guinea pig, and what type of care your new pet will need.

In most cases, the process of adopting a guinea pig, or any animal, involves an application process and an application fee. Shelters and rescue organizations want to be sure you understand the commitment and appropriate care guinea pigs require.

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White Crested Guinea Pig

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The White Crested has a short, smooth coat with a distinctive white, circular rosette on the top of its forehead. White Crested guinea pigs have a crest the same color as their body color, whereas American Crested have a crest that is merely a different color to their body color (and almost always it's a white crest on a solid colored body).

Except for the crest, there should be no other white spots on the animal. Crested guinea pigs can only be found in the Self colors, which means it can come in colors from red to white to black. They do not include Dalmatian, Himalayan, Dutch, Roan, or Tortoiseshell and White, or other varieties which have white coloring elsewhere on the body.

White-Crested Guinea Pigs are often quite shy, but tend to warm up to you the more attention you give to them. For the most part, they are quite easy-going and if you treat them well, they will become very affectionate towards you.

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