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GUINEA PIG BREEDS There are many different breeds of guinea pigs from long haired to shorter haired varieties. Some owners suggest that a particular breed of guinea pig may have a different personality compared to other types. Please see our comprehensive guide below to accurately recognise the different markings and distinguishing characteristics of guinea pigs to see what breed of guinea pig you have. It is important to note that we promote adoption of guinea pigs. Please read our Why Adopt article on why we strongly recommend adoption rather than purchasing a guinea pig. Guinea pig breeds are split between the following types: Smooth Coat Long Coat Rough Coat Hairless Colourations
Smooth Coated Breeds   Name Characteristics  Fun Facts  Photo (Click to view larger image)   Short Haired •	Short, smooth fur.  •	Often one colour.  •	Also referred to as the American or            English short hair.  •	Does not require regular grooming or            trimming unlike long haired breeds.      Oldest breed of guinea pig	       First domesticated in 5000BC  Originally known as the English  Guinea pig and the American Guinea pig  in the 1960’s                  American Crested  •	Resembles the English Crested guinea           pig  •	Has a single rosette on the crown of            its head which is a different colour to             the rest of its body. •	They usually have a white crest but it             can differ.  Ridgeback		 •	Has a raised “ridge” on its back coat  •	Is not a common breed of guinea pig  •	Can be any colour  Originated in America   