The increasing popularity of the Teddy guinea pig due to their wonderful personalities and the fact that they warm up quickly to people which is an opinion agreed amongst people of the guinea pig community has made this breed a wonderful pet candidate for kids. On the surface, they seem like regular American breeds but a there is a distinction when an in-depth look is taken. What are the features and characteristics that makes this breed of guinea pigs stand out from others? Some are outlined below:
- Coats and their patterns: The Teddy guinea’s coat is rough and denser when compared to other breeds. It shares similar hair texture with Abyssinian guinea pig but its own is shorter and lacks the rosettes. Some Teddy guinea pigs have soft wiry coats compared to the rough coats, though the rough coats are preferable in competitions and shows. They have differing colors of coats which include red, orange, white, gray, brown and black.
Their coats also have different visible patterns, in most cases a single color is seen, in others a hue is formed when two color combines. Other visible patters that exist include stripes, spots amongst others.
- Upturned nose: Also known as the ‘Roman nose’, the Teddy guinea pig has an upturned nose which is absent in other breeds of guinea pigs except the American cuvy and is a bit curvier and wider.
- Size: The Teddy guinea pig is quite smaller in size when compared to the average guinea pig.
- Lifespan: The average life span of a this specie is within four to six years and extends till 7 years in some cases.
- Feeding: They mainly feed on guinea pig pellets and need to consume hay grass on a daily basis. They also feed on leafy vegetables, fruits and some other grasses which is similar with the various guinea pigs. They drink a reasonable amount of water too.
- Shelter: They need large shelter sizes with temperature ranging between 25 to 30 degrees celsius. They require few equipment in cages where they reside. Such as toys, food containers and beddings.
- Health and Exercise: The Teddy guinea pig needs exercise to maintain good health. This involves certain activities like allowing the guinea pig run around a clean and spacious area. It suffers mainly from scurvy (a deficiency caused by absence of vitamin C) and respiratory illnesses.
The Teddy guinea pig is known to be very playful, adventurous and sociable with its animal counterparts and human companions. When it comes to exercises and activities, they are very lively.
- Hygiene:This is of a major feature in the care of a Teddy guinea pig.
Teddy guinea pigs do not require regular bathing. ‘Once in six months’ is the recommended time interval for bathing them. A mild shampoo intended for little animals is what is required in bathing them. They need to be gently brushed very often with the aim of removing lice from their bodies and fixing their hairs. Also, their ears and grease glands needs to be appropriately cleaned. Their cages also requires regular cleaning to protect them from diseases.