Guinea Pigs or Cavies are originally from South America living in the wild in groups of 5 to 10 animals.They are members of the rodent family forming part of a group known as “caviomorphs”
The wild ancestors of today’s guinea pigs had a greyish agouti patterned coat somewhat similar to that of the wild rabbit.Guinea pigs have since been selectively bred to produce lots of different colours and hair types such as the English or American smoothhairs the Abysinnians which have wiry coats and Peruvians that have fine longhair.
Guinea pigs make good pets for children as they are small, easy to handle and do not generally bite when picked up.Overall they are usually non aggressive and they can be housed either indoors or outside in a hutch.Guinea pigs are much shyer than rabbits. They are very vocal , giving out a number of squeals when examined and handled, and also emitting a range of other sounds.Average life span is about 6 years. Guinea pigs do not tend to be especially smelly unlike some of the other pet rodents.