The Origin and History of the Teddy Guinea Pig

Although guinea pigs have existed for ages, they can be said to have originated in grassy and rocky areas of South America. Known to be reared in regions which comprising of Modern-day Ecuador, Bolivia, Columbia and Peru. They were reared mainly as food.


Soon, their purpose of domestication changed from food source to domestic companions and pets. They were offered as gifts amongst these tribes on many important ceremonies such as weddings which describes their level of importance and the great role they played in the history of these tribes. Black guinea pigs were used in diagnosing diseases as ancient tribesmen of these tribe were of the belief that this animal could diagnose a suspected illness. They did this by rubbing the rodent round a persons sick body and the animal squeaks when it has found the diseased areas, so they believed. They held the guinea pig in high regards. Guinea pigs were brought to European shores within the 16th century by Europeans. The animals were sold as pet to the rich class of society and at some point Queen Elizabeth, in turn giving the pet more popularity. In those days, the pet was believed to be brought from Guinea in Africa as the Europeans coming from South America made stops at Africa. The European far reaching effect on other countries and the variety of guinea pigs existing has played major roles in making the specie notorious.


The Teddy is amongst the newest guinea pig breeds which was derived via genetic mutations. The exact crossings which yielded the species are not exactly known but most likely resulted in scientific experiments where guinea pigs were used.

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