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Guinea Pig Varieties

Many varieties of Guinea Pig have been bred. These include the Peruvian varieties that have such long hair that it can be difficult to see which end is the front. .

A Texel Guinea Pig


  Albino Guinea Pigs have pink eyes. Except for hairless Guinea Pigs, albinos have white hair.

Agouti Guinea Pig


Picture Credits

The Peruvian (Long haired) Guinea Pig picture is by Jenica at the English language Wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons.

The Texel Guinea Pig picture is by Just chaos (calexpo 346) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

 The picture of the Agouti is by Bob Richmond from Knoxville TN, USA (greener1128) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.



Skinny Pigs have almost no hair. This hairless condition is caused by a recessive gene. The keeping and breeding of this unusual breed is something only experts should contemplate.



When I was young, the variety in the picture below was called a "Long Haired Guinea Pig" Now it is known a Peruvian. Here is Rene, a long-haired lilac, orange and white Satin Peruvian Guinea pig.
While most Guinea Pigs are easy to look after, Peruvian Guinea Pigs need more work caring for their coat.



The distinctive feature of Abyssinian Guinea Pigs is their rosettes. This is caused by a single dominant gene.


The one below one shows the rosettes better, but I don't recommend using the type of harness it has on.