Guinea pigs are one of the easiest pets as they are easy to care for and can match the needs of your child as they are very active. Guinea pigs, although small, are less fragile than other animals like the rabbits and hamsters, which is much more like a dog. The breed of the guinea pig is something which affects its temperament, hair and maintenance and it is important that you understand the breed beforehand.
American Guinea Pig
The American Guinea pig is one of the most common breeds of guinea pig which has a very sweet and lively temperament. They make for the best companion for kids and are easier to groom as well as they have short hairs.
Crested Guinea pig
The crested guinea pigs, also known as the white-crested guinea pigs, looks very much like the American Guinea pig but have a swirling crown on top of the head. They have a very small temperament and have smooth fur coat which is easy to maintain.
Peruvian Guinea Pig
The Peruvian Guinea pigs have the longest hair which usually covers their eyes. The Peruvian guinea pigs hold the record for the longest hair on guinea pigs as they can grow to be 21 inches. This is a breed which will require you to have a very strict grooming schedule. They are some of the sweetest breeds of guinea pigs who are often very alert and curious.
The Himalayan Guinea pigs
The Himalayan Guinea pigs have the colours of a Siamese cat as there are dark points on them which develops later as they grow. They have red eyes and have an overall colour combination, which is incredibly unique. They are some of the most social and gentle guinea pigs and the best as a pet. They can be high maintenance sometimes as they need to stay indoors.
Teddy Guinea Pig
Teddy guinea pigs are known for their stiff costs which is shots and the texture which makes them resemble a teddy bear. This is a coat which is incredible to maintain and can do with occasional brushing. They are the only breed which has an upturned nose as well. They are great as they make for the best family pet as they are not very temperamental.
Texel Guinea pig
Texel looks like silkies which coats a lot of grooming and the curls are long enough the curls which can help one get the right ringlets. The beautiful coats make them some of the best waves and curls which can make for the best pets. But they require extreme maintenance to keep up with the hair growth as well as the hair falls.