Teddy Guinea Pig

Teddy Satin Guinea Pig

Family: Caviidae Teddy Guinea Pig, Teddy Satin Guinea Pig PicturesCavia porcellusPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Jess
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Help! I honestly can't have two guinea pigs! I feel really sad about it but I can't have two, only one so what should I do if it gets lonely? Please Help!  Shannon Courtney

  True to its name, the Teddy Guinea Pig looks something like a stuffed animal!

  The Teddy Guinea Pig's most distinctive feature is its dense, wiry coat. Despite the 'wiry' description, the coat may be either soft or rough to the touch. This coat overlaid on it's rounded guinea pig shape make it truly look like a 'teddy bear'.

  There is no need to worry about the Teddy's coat matting, but regular brushing is important. You need to remove any debris that becomes trapped so that it will not irritate the skin. This is the primary grooming concern for Teddy owners, and care is otherwise easy.

These cuddly little critters make great companions. The Teddy Guinea Pigs are curious, fun-loving creatures, and they make good pets for kids. They are natural entertainers that love attention.

Guinea Pig Information - Guinea Pig Care
Guide to a Happy Healthy Guinea Pig


Geographic Distribution
Cavia porcellus
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  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Rodentia
  • Family: Caviidae
  • Genus: Cavia
  • Species: porcellus
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Background:    The Teddy Guinea Pig is the result of a genetic mutation. It was later bred competitively, and the Teddy became a recognized breed in 1978. Teddies are now fairly common and quite popular. Today they can be found in many pet stores.

Description:   The Teddy's coat is unlike that of any other Guinea pig. It is short, dense and fuzzy, and should have no rosettes. Some are soft in texture, while others are similar to a Brillo pad. Both textures are acceptable according to breed standards, but some say that the rougher coat is favored by most judges.
   Teddy Guinea Pigs are shorter in length than most other breeds. They have the same so-called Roman nose as the American Guinea Pig. This simply means that their noses are wide and curved.
   Satin Teddies are less common than the standard Teddy, but they are growing in popularity. They feature a shinier coat and are recognized by the ACBA.

Color differences:    The Teddy Guinea Pig may be found in any of the standard Guinea pig colors. Agouti patterns are common in this breed.

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:   Teddy Guinea Pigs usually sell for $20 to $30. They are often available in pet shops, and many breeders sell them as well.
   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.

References "Teddys", Copyright Beechwood's Best Teddies
Sanford, Cindy, "Evaluating the Teddy", Copyright JACBA
"Guinea Pig Breeds", Copyright Guinea Pig Central
Holly Nash, DVM, MS, "Guinea Pigs: Breeds and Colors", Foster and Smith, Inc., Copyright 1997-2008
"Guinea Pig Breeds",Wikipedia, Copyright 2008

Lastest Animal Stories on Teddy Guinea Pig

Shannon Courtney - 2014-04-09
Help! I honestly can't have two guinea pigs! I feel really sad about it but I can't have two, only one so what should I do if it gets lonely? Please Help!

  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-04-12
    Just plan on spending as much time as you possibly can with it when you are home! Why can't you have two? Could you get a rabbit instead? Rabbits and guinea pigs often make good companions!
  • annie - 2014-04-18
    Well Shannon I have the same problem but I got an answer: play with your guinea pig and give your guinea pig something to play with while you take a break from your guinea pig, hope I helped :)
  • Hashtag - 2014-07-07
    I am getting a guinea pig and have read on a website that getting a teddy bear can stop your guinea pig getting lonely.
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Anonymous - 2010-12-09
Hey I'm going get a guinea pig in january help.

  • ? - 2013-05-19
    Well if u do, guinea pigs are suppose to b kept in pairs or more. They're very social animals and become depressed easily from loneliness. But if u r home and spend a majority of ur time with it I'd recommend a friend. Employees in pets stores may say its ok to keep one but most don't really know what they're talking about. And b sure to give them plenty of space. Food and hay and vedgitbles daily. . And guinea pigs can't store vitamin c so give them orange slices often and u can even buy drops to put in their water. And don't forget lots of love.
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DARCI - 2010-12-04
I wanted to get a Teddy guinea pig for a christmas gift for me, do you know a breeder in California that I may contact? Please email me.

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Emily - 2010-02-14
I got a baby satin teddy bear guinea pig. She is not nearly as social as my american guinea pig, but I love her just the same. She has soft shiny fur and is carmel colored.

  • Lois - 2010-10-24
    Where did you find her? I am looking for one for a pet for my daughter.
  • annie - 2014-04-18
    I'm getting a teddy and if my parents think I am over responsible I get 2, awesome. My first one's going to be called snickers and for my second Ginny from harry potter.
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zakyrah - 2013-10-21
I have an American and a teddy they are the best and the don't die quickly.

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