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White Crested Guinea Pig

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I love White crested guinea pigs. I have one myself. She is little but is getting bigger. I love her to death and we will be getting a young boy so that she'll... (more)  Miranda Haley

  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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  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Rodentia
  • Family: Caviidae
  • Genus: Cavia
  • Species: porcellus


   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.


   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:


   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.


   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.


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Miranda Haley - 2012-02-13
I love White crested guinea pigs. I have one myself. She is little but is getting bigger. I love her to death and we will be getting a young boy so that she'll have some company and maybe even have babies....but we got her a big exercise ball and she won't roll around in it. How do I make her roll around in it, because she just sits there and chews on the ball and she gets scared but we just want her to roll around in it....

  • Miranda Haley - 2012-02-16
    So your saying that I have to leave the ball open and see if she will go in it and figure it out herself???? So I don't stuff her in there and just let her do it herself? I just afraid her might be pregnant and I don't have the things for her ... I was giving her grass but, there is snow all over. >:(
  • miranda - 2012-02-14
    I'll try that today and I will tell you later maybe Thursday if it worked. Thanks. I read online that it's dangerous for guinea pigs to be in the balls, it said that they feel surrounded...but, I'll still try...thanks a lot.c ya! :)
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-13
    All you would normally have to do is put her in the ball. As she moves the ball rolls. You might have to do it a few times and go slow and be gentle or you will frighten her.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-14
    OK let's try this with the little guy and the ball. Set the ball on the floor and in various places inside the ball put a little dab of peanut butter - just a little dab. I think she will like the peanut butter and want to lick the peanut butter which will make the ball move and she might get the idea. When she is done though make sure you wash the ball and rinc=se it really well.
  • Miranda Haley - 2012-02-14
    I've tried but she only nibbles on the ball and the ball only moves a TAD bit when she licks herself it moves but, she don't run around in it, she runs around crazy in her cage but not in the ball....
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-14
    Gosh then I don't know. Just went online and saw the reviews you are talking about and does say dangerous but the balls they show are actual inclosures. The guinea pig can't go in and out as they want to. The ones I had were plastic but there were large openings 4 or 6 of them that the little guy could go in and out. I didn't know there were balls that you actually put the little guy in and closed a door. I don't think I would do that. I would be real reluctant to do that. You could frighten your little fella to the point where not a pet. Imagine someone stuck you in a big ball and then closed the door and this ball started to move around. You would be frightened. The one I had was more open and the little guy could go in and out as he please or roll it etc. He wasn't stuffed in it. I think best not to do that - certainly not with that kind of ball regardless if they advertise it as a toy.
  • Miranda Haley - 2012-02-23
    Scampers is getting bigger everyday....I think she's pregnant but, my mom said that she's not. And I don't know what to do. Anyways, how was your day? Anything exciting?
  • emma - 2012-06-26
    PLEASE don't put your guinea pig in any wheels or balls. They aren't built for guinea pigs and guinea pigs can't handle them. Balls and wheels lead to serious back, neck, foot a toe problems. Guinea pigs have been known to not be able to walk and in some cases not even move after months of having used these products. PLEASE don't expose your guinea pig to this.
  • Nikki - 2018-06-13
    Those balls can injure a piggie's back. I know I wouldn't want to be trapped in one of those balls. The poor little piggie is not built for a prison torture ball. Mentally it must be terrifying for them. Please throw the ball in the garbage.
Corinne - 2017-09-02
I have white crested that had babies with american 2 look like white crestwd the other looks like mom american

Claudia - 2015-05-07
I have a gorgeous little fatty called Rocky! He is so placid and has a lovely nature! Very stubborn though lol doesn't swallow his medicine!

Mary Margret Blanchard - 2015-02-28
I have a sweet little guy who gives me kisses and loves the pitbull who loves him.

  • Alex - 2020-12-04
    That's so sweet that such different sizes of animals can get along! adorable.
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), 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!
  • savannah - 2014-12-10
    i would love to have your Guinna pig my pig just died and i am in 4h and i would love if i could find another one.