Guinea Pigs

Guinea Pigs from Kindifarm come in all shapes, sizes and hair-dos! They are also very friendly, and used to being held by kids. Here’s just a few.

Elvis, long-haired Guinea Pig!
Long-haired Guinea Pig
Short-Haired Guinea Pig
Short-haired Guinea Pig
somewhere in between!
somewhere in between!

Interesting facts about guinea pigs:

  • Did you know that guinea pigs aren’t really pigs and don’t come from Guinea? They are rodents that originated in South America.
  • Their Latin name “Cavia porcellus” means “Little Pig”. They are also called cavies.
  • They are very social, chatty animals and live in ‘herds’ in the wild.
  • They live between 7 and 9 years. The oldest guinea pig was 15 years old and is in the Guiness book of records.
  • Guinea pigs have 4 toes on the forefoot and 3 on the hind foot.
  • Just like pigs, a male guinea pig is called a boar and female is called a sow.
  • A young guinea pig can run when they are only three hours old.
  • Guinea Pigs are herbivores and require fresh vegetables and grasses daily
  • They need plenty of roughage to file down their continually-growing teeth.
  • There are many different breeds of guinea pig such as American, Abyssinian, Silkie and Peruvian. Breeds are mostly differentiated by their coat colours, lengths and smoothness.

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