In honor of Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month, Ryan Hospital’s Exotic and Companion Animal Medicine Service’s Dr. Colin McDermott has provided basic tips and must-know information for guinea pig parents and would-be parents.
1. What makes a guinea pig a good pet?
Guinea pigs are great, gentle pets. They are very social and inquisitive, which makes for a great pet for children to watch and interact with. Guinea pigs will rarely bite.
2. What is the average lifespan of a guinea pig?
The average life span of a guinea pig is about 5-7 years.
3. What kinds/breeds of guinea pigs are there?
There are several breeds of guinea pigs. The more common breeds are the shorter haired Abyssinians and Teddys. There are also several long-haired breeds like the Peruvians, Coronets and Silkies.
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