Guinea pigs are funny little creatures, which are easy to keep and can give you a lot of joy in return. Lots of people keep guinea pigs as pets because they are such cute and friendly. There are lots of different breeds of Guinea Pig and they come in many colors and fur textures. The guinea pig (Cavia porcellus), cavy or domestic guinea pig, is a species of rodent belonging to the family Caviidae and the genus Cavia. Enjoy in these interesting facts below.
* All guinea pigs have 5 different sorts of hair that makes up their coat.
* Baby guinea pigs are able to run when they are only a few hours old.
*They have 4 toes on their front feet but only 3 on their back ones.
* The oldest recorded guinea pig lived to the ripe old age of 15 which earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records.
There are 3 types of guinea pigs:
First is the American one which has short hair with a smooth coat
Second is the Abyssinian guinea pig which has a more wiry coat with hair that forms swirls similar to rosettes.
The third are the Peruvian guinea pigs which have straight, long and silky hair.