Crumpet and Sprinkle are Teddy guinea pig sows, and are 11 months old. They live in a large indoor open topped C&C enclosure in the lounge and come out for exercise, cuddles and to mow the lawn. Though they don’t like to sit down and watch TV with us they do greet us every time we come in and like climbing over us to see if we have food. Their favourite foods are carrots and peppers and pea flakes for treats, and hay and grass all day every day!
Did you know that Guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus) have been domesticated for 3000 years, originally for meat? The species kept as pets no longer live in the wild, though related species live in the savannahs of South America. The Teddy guinea pigs is one of several fancy breeds created by selective breeding, they have ‘bouncy’ short hair that makes them look very round and come in many colours.