Guinea Pigs are not an animal recorded on the Rare Breed Survival Trust Register. Numbers are recorded by each individual breeding association.
Guinea Pigs originate from Equador and Peru in South America. They were brought to Europe by Spanish, Dutch and English traders, where they quickly became popular as exotic pets among the upper classes and royalty, including Queen Elizabeth I.
They are very cute animals to watch and children shouldn’t miss them on their day out.
The British Cavy Council oversees all the breeding associations and is responsible for setting the standard for each Guinea Pig breed. We currently have two different breeds at Odds Farm Park, but both are extremely friendly and great for children to see.
The Long Haired Guinea Pig does look different from the Smooth Haired Guinea Pig children can also see at Odds Farm Park. The main difference is that their hair is very long and shaggy over all their body and they have shorter hair on their face. Both types come in a variety of colors and color combinations.
A Guinea Pig mum is called a Sow, a dad is called a Boar and a baby is called a Pup. Guinea Pigs are pregnant for 59-72 days and have an average of 3-4 babies per litter. Guinea Pigs are born with all their fur, teeth and claws and with their eyes open and they can fit into the palm of a hand. Guinea Pigs cannot make their own vitamin C so you must feed them foods high in vitamin C or give them a vitamin C tablet in their water.