Posted Jun 27, 2019
Teddy cavies are smaller than some of the other breeds. They are more compact and stout in body and are bred to have a shorter, rounder head. The coat stands up, off the body and will give some resistance when you put your hand on it. Teddies require a bit more grooming than a standard coated cavy. They shed more than other coat types and are prone to flakey skin, especially in the ears. They need to be brushed and ears need to be cleaned weekly. I use baby wipes to clean the ears. Sometimes, the skin flakes are difficult to remove and need to be moistened first before it can be removed. A occasional bath with baby shampoo is helpful to control flakes. All cavies should be treated for mites, but teddies seem to be more prone. I spray mine with a bird mite spray monthly. Teddy cavies are skittish if not handled and you must gain their trust with daily handling and treats. Once they trust you, they are sweet and friendly. Mine come running when they see me.