Abyssinian Guinea Pig

Abyssinian Satin Guinea Pig

Family: Caviidae Abyssinian Guinea Pig, Guinea Pig PicturesCavia porcellusPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Pig Podge
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I have an abyssinian guinea pig and his name is Spicy. He lives up to his name. I have him trained to go into a cuddle cup when I am going to pick up to move him... (more)  Jennifer

   You may think the Abyssinian Guinea Pig is having a 'bad hair day', but it is the unique coat that makes this guinea pig stand out!

   The Abyssinian Guinea Pig has quite the distinctive look. They have a fur pattern consisting of 8 to 10 hair whorls, called rosettes. You could say that they always look like they're having a bad hair day, but that is just part of their charm.

   Despite the wild patterning of their coat they tend to keep themselves clean, and they require minimal care. The Abyssinian is often kept as a pet. Many become pets due to the difficulty of finding ones that are suitable for showing.

   Abyssinians are great pets for children, or adults who are first-time guinea pig owners. This breed is known for being rather mischievous. But its friendly personality and tendency to clown around more than make up for any trouble it gets into. They can learn to come when called and get into their cages unassisted. Some can even learn to sit on command.

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Geographic Distribution
Cavia porcellus
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  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Rodentia
  • Family: Caviidae
  • Genus: Cavia
  • Species: porcellus
Abyssinian Guinea Pig

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Abyssinian guinea pig comes to check out camera, babies everywhere!

The two larger guinea pigs are sisters, and have just given birth to 5 babies - 3 boys and 2 girls.

Background:    It is believed that Guinea Pigs were first domesticated as early as 5000 BC to be used as food. Selective breeding began around 1200 AD. They subsequently became coveted as pets by the upper classes and eventually made their way into the homes of the common man.
   Abyssinian Guinea Pigs were among the first breeds to be recognized by the American Cavy Breeders Association. The breed has since improved significantly.

Description:    The most recognizable trait of the Abyssinian Guinea Pig is its rosettes. These are cowlicked patches of hair that cover most of the animal's body. Ideally, the Abyssinian should have one rosette on each shoulder, four across its back, one on each hip, and two on the rump, for a total of ten. However, Abyssinians with at least eight rosettes are eligible for showing as long as the pattern is symmetrical.
   The Abyssinian Satin Guinea Pig has particularly silky, shiny hair. It is very fine and dense, and enhances the entensity of their colors.

Color differences:    The Abyssinian Guinea Pig can be found in a wide variety of colors. The agouti coloring is particularly stunning on this breed due to its rosettes.

Keeping Guinea Pigs:

GUINEA PIG CARE

   Be sure to provide your guinea pig with a good home and a proper diet. This will keep it happy and healthy and ensure a great pet for a long time.

   Guinea pigs need plenty of exercise and they also love to play. You can let them outside or run around in the house for short periods of time under supervision. They love to explore and need at least one hour of supervised 'floor time' every day.

   When picking up a guinea pig make sure you do not grab it only by its shoulders. Just keep in mind when picking your pet up to do it evenly. With your hands, support it's entire body, and be careful not to drop it.

   Guinea pigs are social creatures and will like to have a companion. They are great companions for children.

   Take time to learn what your guinea pig needs, including:

  • housing
  • care and feeding
  • social behaviors
  • activies
  • handling and training
  • breeding guinea pigs
  • baby guinea pigs.

Availability:    Abyssinian Guinea Pigs are fairly common among breeders, and may be found in pet stores. Prices vary.
   Guinea Pigs come in many varieties and are readily available at pet stores, shelters, and rescues. When looking to acquire a pet guinea pig make sure it is a healthy animal. A healthy guinea pig will have brilliant eyes, good sound teeth, and a healthy coat. Any age and either sex will make a good pet, however you should plan to get more than one as they are very social and do best with a companion. Get a same sex pair or you could end up having babies.

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Jennifer - 2010-05-01
I have an abyssinian guinea pig and his name is Spicy. He lives up to his name.
I have him trained to go into a cuddle cup when I am going to pick up to move him out of his cage to let him play. I put it down on the ground and he hops right in to go back. I also taught him to give kisses. I say can I get a kiss and he lifts his snout if he is in the mood.


  • Sara - 2010-07-17
    Hello Jennifer,
    It sounds like you know heaps about Abyssinian Guinea Pigs, and I need a lot of idea's of how to keep one. I might be buying one next year and I need all the help I can get. I'm scared it won't like me or will run away, or poo a lot in my house, and then my house will get all smelly and mum won't like that!
    Any help?

    Sara, age 10
  • Anonymous - 2014-05-18
    Deer Sarah don't be scared of the gp not liking you it will be nervous at first but if you spend time with it, it should bond with you:-) You will have to clean it's cage around once a week, also you should do lots of research on the breed before buying it and properly consider a cage mate (OF THE SAME SEX):-) :-)
  • kelly - 2015-06-03
    Where can you find them,can you buy them in stores?
  • Sandy - 2015-06-21
    I hsd an Abby until last Thursday when I had to put Jake down. He had a large kidney stone blocking his ureter. It just broke my heart to lose him. he used to come bounding round the corner when I opened the frig so he could get his organic spinach. Each morning I would pick him up and scratch under his chin and along his jaws which he loved, then would periodically kiss my chin and snuggle under it. Gosh it is so lonely without him They are wonderful little companions.
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Robin Arcia - 2015-04-10
I have an Abyssinian Guinea Pig (Pretty Girl) and a American Satin Guinea (G-Force). Pretty Girl & G-force are six months old and Pretty Girl is pregnant for the first time, not sure how many pups she'll birth but all pups will be for sale. The estimated due date 4/24/2015.

  • Tammy - 2015-04-17
    Where are you located if I were able to purchase a guinea pig?
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Frre Bird - 2015-02-06
Looking for a show quality Abyssinian sow 4-12 weeks old.

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christopher Gipson - 2014-12-14
im looking for a healthy little southern flying squirrel, as a christmas present for my wife. she adored the one we lost. please contact me asap.+1(205)514-1243

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Robin Arcia - 2015-04-10
I have an Abyssinian Guinea Pig (Pretty Girl) and a American Satin Guinea (G-Force). Pretty Girl & G-force are six months old and Pretty Girl is pregnant for the first time, not sure how many pups she'll birth but all pups will be for sale. The estimated due date 4/24/2015.

  • Tammy - 2015-04-17
    Where are you located if I were able to purchase a guinea pig?
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Frre Bird - 2015-02-06
Looking for a show quality Abyssinian sow 4-12 weeks old.

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christopher Gipson - 2014-12-14
im looking for a healthy little southern flying squirrel, as a christmas present for my wife. she adored the one we lost. please contact me asap.+1(205)514-1243

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Lori Dailey - 2014-10-28
I am interested in you little pig. I am quite fond of the Abyssinians. I live in upstate. Are you close by

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