Teddy Guinea Pig

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The basics of the Teddy Guinea Pig:
Like its cuddly namesake, the Teddy Guinea Pig is plush, fluffy, and lovable. Their short, dense coat is easy to care for and their personality makes them a good fit for households with children. They’re playful and energetic, but also social and affectionate so they’ll enjoy being interacted with.

The Teddy Guinea Pig’s star is on the rise and they’re becoming more and more popular outside of the show ring. You may still have trouble finding a Teddy in pet stores, but you should be able to find a breeder with relative ease. The Teddy Guinea Pig and the Rex Guinea Pig are often confused as both share a wiry, kinked coat. The Teddy Guinea Pig’s coat is somewhat softer than the Rex, and the Teddy has straight whiskers.

Appearance / health of Teddy Guinea Pigs:
The Teddy Guinea Pig has a coat that is plush and bouncy, wiry like that of the Rex Guinea Pig, but softer in texture. The coat is short and stands away from the body with an orientation from rump to head, culminating with a forward-swept crest of hair on top of the head. The Teddy Guinea Pig has a distinctly fuzzy appearance. The Teddy Guinea Pig comes in most color varieties including solid, agouti, bi-color, tri-color, Himalayan, and dalmation.

The Teddy Guinea Pig has a short, compact body with broad shoulders and a fleshy build. The head is broad with a short face and a gently curved profile and a broad, Roman nose. Unlike the Rex Guinea Pig, the Teddy Guinea Pig has straight whiskers. They have large, dark eyes and extra-large, drooping ears.

The Teddy Guinea Pig is a healthy and robust breed, though their ears may be more susceptible to a buildup of earwax and should be checked and cleaned regularly. All guinea pigs are susceptible to certain health problem, including in-grown nails (which become painful and infected), diarrhea (often from too much fruit or vegetables), pneumonia (from changes in temperature), mites (causing hair loss and itching), and vitamin C deficiency (from diets lacking in vitamin C). Guinea pigs live an average of 5 – 7 years.

Teddy Guinea Pig behavior / temperament:
The Teddy Guinea Pig is a good-natured, curious, and attention-loving guinea pig. They warm up to people quickly and love interaction. Playful and energetic, they’ll entertain you with their antics, and they make good pets for households with children.

In general, guinea pigs are popular as pets because of their social nature. They are gentle and curious and active in the daytime. They make all sorts of purrs, squeals, chirps, whistles, whines, and rumbles. Because of their active nature, they require plenty of room to run and play. They may be allowed to run around the house as long as they are supervised and restricted from areas that could potentially be harmful to them, like the garage.

Guinea pigs are herd animals, very social by nature, and should almost always be kept in pairs. People rarely have enough time to satisfy a guinea pig’s need for social interaction, and they will never be able to substitute for the companionship guinea pigs give one another. Guinea pigs kept in pairs or trios tend to be happier, healthier, more confident, and more active.

The best housing for the Teddy Guinea Pig is a well-ventilated, secure cage that allows plenty of room to exercise, nest, and a separate place for food and water away from a bathroom area. Many commercial cages are too small to meet these requirements and The Humane Society of the United States recommends 7.5 square feet minimum for 1 – 2 guinea pigs. In most circumstances a cage with a solid bottom is preferred, and wire floors should never be used.

Bedding can be made from a variety of materials, including aspen shavings, commercial paper bedding, wood pellets, and even towels and fleece. Cedar and raw pine shavings should not be used because of health problems associated with the volatile aromatic plant oils. Corn cob bedding and straw both have a tendency to mold and should also be avoided.

In addition, your guinea pig should be provided with at least one shelter. Many different types of houses are commercially available, but you can also use something as simple as a cardboard box. Your guinea pig will also enjoy having tunnels, log caves, low ramps, and even some toys that are safe to chew on. Rodent wheels are unsuitable for the Teddy Guinea Pig. Plastic exercise balls are often frightening to guinea pigs and can cause spinal injury if sized wrong.

Your Teddy Guinea Pig’s cage should be located somewhere draft-free, out of direct sunlight, and close to household activities. Room temperature should range from 65 and 75 degrees F (18 to 24 degrees C). The cage should be cleaned at least once a week, but may need more frequent cleaning depending on the size of the cage, the number of guinea pigs, and the type of bedding used.

Teddy Guinea Pig Diet:
Your Teddy Guinea Pig will thrive on a varied diet of pellets, timothy hay, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid commercial foods with seeds, nuts, and dried fruit – these can be used as treats, but should not be a daily staple. Timothy hay helps with digestion and dental health and should be provided at all times.

Dark, leafy greens like romaine lettuce, spinach, kale, and even grass can be provided daily and should make up the majority of the vegetable serving. Vegetables like carrots, green pepper, and tomato can also be offered frequently. Fruit makes a tasty treat but because it’s high in sugar, smaller portions should be offered: an orange slice or thin apple wedge, a few blueberries, or a thin slice of banana, or a strawberry will be much appreciated! If your guinea pig develops diarrhea, reduce the amount of fresh produce being offered. Uneaten produce should be removed after a couple of hours.

Unlike most animals, Teddy guinea pigs don’t make their own vitamin C and must get it from their diets. Most high-quality pellets are fortified with vitamin C, and many fruits and veggies are also high in vitamin C. A guinea pig with a well-balanced, varied diet is unlikely to experience vitamin C deficiency, but supplements are available.

Water should always be available, preferably in gravity-flow water bottles. Stable earthenware food dishes are recommended.


cuddly, low maintenance pet, cute teddybear appearance, brilliant starter pet, great temperaments


weekly cage cleanings, skin problems, scaly skin disease


elementary school classroom, GREAT 4H projects, short coated cavy

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