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White Crested Guinea Pig

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Family: Caviidae White Crested Guinea Pig, Guinea Pig PicturesAmerican White Crested Guinea PigCavia porcellusPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Heather Hall
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Hi there, I breed the white crested guinea pigs in my home country (Czech Republic) and I am in Vancouver now for one year to improve my English. So I am looking... (more)  Linda Sykora

  A single white rosette on the top of the head is the 'crown' of glory for the White Crested Guinea Pig!

   Also known as the American Crested, the White Crested Guinea Pig is a somewhat rare and very unique-looking breed. These little princes and princesses have what looks like a white crown on their heads.:

   Due to the stringent qualifications for showing the White Crested Guinea Pig, the majority of them are sold as pets. These pet animals may have non-conforming markings, but in most cases they still have the coveted crest on their heads. They also have the same sparkling personalities as other breeds of guinea pigs, even though some say their crest makes them look like they are perpetually angry.

   White Crested Guinea Pigs present quite a challenge to breeders, because as few as one in fifty of them conform to the breed standard. Although a showable White Crested is hard to find, those that have the correct markings often do well at shows.

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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
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Background:    The White Crested Guinea Pig was officially recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association in 1974. The breed continues to be somewhat rare, however, probably due to the difficulty of producing offspring of show quality. Satin has been introduced to the breed, but are not acceptable according to ARBA standards.

Description:    White Crested Guinea Pigs come in a variety of colors, but they must have a white crest on the top of the head. They should not have any white on the rest of the body if they are to be shown. True White Cresteds should have a short, smooth coat like that of the American Guinea Pig.
   White Crested's may also be found in Satin. This is a coat that is glossier and denser than the standard White Crested coat. White Crested Satins are not recognized by the ACBA.

Color differences:    White Crested Guinea Pigs can be Agouti, Brindle, Self, or any other pattern that does not include any white. Dutch, Roan, Dalmatian, Himalayan, and White are not acceptable for show purposes.

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:    White Crested's of show and breeding quality are hard to find, but pet quality White Cresteds can be found with less difficulty. Prices are usually around $10 to $20 depending on quality.
   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 "The White Crested", Copyright ACBA
"White Crested", Copyright Rushmore Caviary
"Crested", Omlet, Copyright 2004
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 White Crested Guinea Pig


Linda Sykora - 2012-04-16
Hi there, I breed the white crested guinea pigs in my home country (Czech Republic) and I am in Vancouver now for one year to improve my English. So I am looking around about the cavies you breed here too and I would like to gain some new information, experiences and contacts to breeders who are interested in this breed of cavies in this country to see yours pigs ... Thanks for your offers and reactions (please on my e-mail). Linda

  • Linda Sykora - 2012-05-07
    Is any cavy breeder interested in breeding white crested guinea pigs in British Columbia? I still look for some contacts ... Thanks for your answers on e-mail lindasykorova(at)seznam.cz, Linda
  • Anonymous - 2013-07-13
    Hi, well my friend asked me to find out what breed her two guinea pigs are (Wish = hers, Scrappy ( my favourite ) = her brothers). I think Scaps is a White Crested!
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dani - 2013-01-14
I have a definite white crested guinea pig and the father looks like a white crested, but he is all black, same with his daughter.

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miranda haley - 2012-03-13
YAYYYY...i was right, my guinea pig WAS pregnant!!!!!! She had 2 babies :) .... but now she only has 1 :( ...because the other didnt have enough oxygen or something and she/he died. I would have helped but she gave birth during the night. :( I'm suprised she survived! I love her and the baby!
WBS (write back soon)

  • Alyssa - 2012-10-13
    Hi! I am 9 years old and I am in 4-H. I would like a boy guinea pig to show and breed.
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Nelson - 2012-08-24
I have a guinea Pig. He's cute and realy playful. He's shy and he's alone he likes it but I'm not sure if it's ok is it!?

  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-24
    If he plays with you nicely, likes your attention, is eating well and poop is fine - and playfull too - he is fine./
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Linda Sykora - 2012-04-16
Hi there, I breed the white crested guinea pigs in my home country (Czech Republic) and I am in Vancouver now for one year to improve my English. So I am looking around about the cavies you breed here too and I would like to gain some new information, experiences and contacts to breeders who are interested in this breed of cavies in this country to see yours pigs ... Thanks for your offers and reactions (please on my e-mail). Linda

  • Linda Sykora - 2012-05-07
    Is any cavy breeder interested in breeding white crested guinea pigs in British Columbia? I still look for some contacts ... Thanks for your answers on e-mail lindasykorova(at)seznam.cz, Linda
  • Anonymous - 2013-07-13
    Hi, well my friend asked me to find out what breed her two guinea pigs are (Wish = hers, Scrappy ( my favourite ) = her brothers). I think Scaps is a White Crested!
Reply