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Fun Facts About Guinea Pigs

By PetcoBlogger on Feb. 17, 2017

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Do You Know These Guinea Pig Fun Facts?

  • Guinea pigs are crepuscular, which means they tend to be most active around dawn and dusk.
  • When excited guinea pigs may repeatedly perform little hops in the air, also known as “popcorning”. 
  • Guinea pigs communicate through a series of squeaks, chirps and purrs.
  • A female guinea pig is called a “sow” and a male is called a “boar”.
  • Guinea Pigs can live up to 10 years.
  • At birth, a guinea pig can walk immediately.
  • There are 3 basic types of domestic guinea pigs, which can be identified by their hair type. 

              1) American/English: Short, smooth coat or hair.
              2) Abyssinian: wiry coat with hair that swirls in rosettes.
            
  3) Peruvian: straight hair that is long & silky.

  • Guinea Pigs are born with teeth that are constantly growing throughout their lifetime
  • The guinea pig can open its eyes while in its mother’s womb 14 days before birth
  • Although they are called “Guinea Pigs”, they are not closely related to pigs, but named for their short, robust body and piggish appearance. “Guinea” refers to Guyana, a country within their natural range. 

Thinking about getting a guinea pig? Here are eight things your new guinea pig is trying to tell you:

Read about the different types of guinea pigs.

Shop for guinea pig supplies.

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