Guinea Pig

Growth Size

Guinea Pigs grow to a length of 20 – 30cm, and can weigh approximately 1kg as adults.

Lifespan

5 – 10 years.

Temperament

Temperament usually varies from guinea pig to guinea pig, but they can all be tamed by regular handling. Once tamed, they will happily sit in your lap and may even become so relaxed that they fall asleep. Guinea Pigs will do well living in the same hutch as Rabbits.

Training Difficulty

Guinea Pigs can be difficult to train, but it's not impossible. With the right methods they can learn a handful of tricks such as coming on command, or staying.

Recommended Owners

Guinea Pigs will adapt to any home situation and do well in any environment. They do not appreciate rough handling, so young children should be supervised.

Origin

Guinea Pigs are native to South America, and were thought to be domesticated around 900BC. This was not as a pet, but as a food source! Around the 16th century, Spanish traders brought Guinea Pigs back to Europe where the unusual creatures soon became a popular pet.

Diet

Strictly a herbivore, their diet is made up of different vegetation. They will happily munch on kitchen vegetable scraps supplemented with a commercial food pellet. Please note that there are some vegetables that are toxic and should never be fed. These include potato and peelings, beetroot or rhubarb leaves, and beans. Iceberg lettuce should be avoided too, as it can cause intestinal gas and diarrhoea.

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.

Grooming

Short haired varieties will obviously require less grooming attention than long haired. A long haired Guinea Pig should be brushed at least weekly to keep the hair from matting. Both types should be bathed every few months.

Comments

The teeth of a Guinea Pig are constantly growing. They should be provided with something to chew so they can wear them down, such as a small branch from an apple tree.