Pet Guinea Pigs

Guinea Pigs are the most popular small pet in many countries. Find information about guinea pigs as pets and the different guinea pig varieties below.
Pet Guinea Pigs

Guinea Pigs are good natured and rarely bite making them an ideal pet and today they are the most popular small rodent kept as a pet in many countries. Males (boars) tend to be larger than females (sows) and the average lifespan is 4-8 years although up to 10 years has been known.

Full grown Guinea Pigs reach a length of 25-36 cm. The head is broad and short and the body is compact with no tail. The Guinea Pig is a sociable pet appreciating the company of others and is active during the day.

Guinea Pigs were kept by the Incas as a source of food and were later used in European laboratories before being kept as pets.

The pet guinea pig species is Cavia porcellus. Check out the scientific classification of pet guinea pigs within the Mammalia class.

Check out our table detailing the vital signs together with other facts about the anatomy and biology of pet guinea pigs.

Pet guinea pigs behave similarly to their wild ancesters. Read about guinea pig behaviour in the wild and in captivity.

Guinea Pigs are the most popular rodent kept as a pet in many countries. Find out why guinea pigs are a popular pet and the type of owner a guinea pig would suit.

Guinea Pig Colours

Information about the colours of pet guinea pigs.

Guinea Pig Coat Patterns

Information about the coat patterns of pet guinea pigs.

Guinea Pig Coat Types

Information about the coat types of pet guinea pigs.

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