Interesting facts about guinea pigs

  • Despite their name they are not pigs and do not come from Guinea. They originated in the Andes.
  • Another name for a Guinea pig is a 'Cavy'.A male guinea pig is called a boar and female is called a sow.
  • In the wild they live in 'herds' with a dominant boar (male) who breeds with the females.
  • Guinea pigs are unable to make their own vitamin C so it needs to be supplemented into their diet.
  • Their teeth are constantly growing so it's important for them to chew to wear them down.
  • They live between 7 and 9 years.
  • The oldest guinea pig was 15 years old and is in the Guiness book of records.
  • Guinea pigs have 4 toes on the forefoot and 3 on the hind foot.
  • Each guinea pig has five different types of hair that makes up their coat.
  • A young guinea pig can run when they are only three hours old.
  • Guinea pigs are unable to make their own vitamin C so it needs to be supplemented into their diet.
  • Their teeth are constantly growing so it's important for them to chew to wear them down.
  • They live between 7 and 9 years.
  • The oldest guinea pig was 15 years old and is in the Guiness book of records.
  • Guinea pigs have 4 toes on the forefoot and 3 on the hind foot.
  • Each guinea pig has five different types of hair that makes up their coat.
  • A young guinea pig can run when they are only three hours old. 

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