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Guinea Pig - Rex

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Guinea Pig - Rex

General
Other Names
Lifespan On average this guinea pig can live to 5 or 6 years, there are exceptions to this with some living longer and others shorter lives.
Breeding The ideal age for the female guinea pig to start breeding is at least 20 weeks of age and before 1 year old.
Average Litter Size The guinea pig can produce, on average, 3 young. Litters can be between 1or 6, sometimes more.
Gestation Period The gestation period is between 65-72 days.
General Physical Description The Rex Guinea Pig has a broad head and a short face. The eyes are bright and quite large. The ears are petal shaped and droop and their bodies are relatively long. These guinea pigs have a distinctive curly coat.
Size Guinea pigs can measure 20-40.5cms in length. Some wild guinea pigs can be as long as a metre.
Feeding A well-balanced dry guinea mix will contain all the necessary nutritional requirements that a guinea pig needs. They do enjoy the occasional treat in the form of fruit and vegetables. Do make sure these are limited as too much can cause diarrhoea. Avoid giving too much lettuce as this can lead to liver problems. Cavies cannot make their own vitamin C, so they must be fed fresh vegetables in order to get a supply. It may be necessary to supplement vitamin C into the diet, especially during the winter months when the fruit and vegetables are in limited supply. An earthenware bowl is the best type of feeding dish to use, as they are harder to knock over than the plastic ones, also they not chewable. A water bottle fixed to the outside of the cage, with the water tube going into the cage, ensures a fresh water supply is available.
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Cage & Bedding A basic standard cage, with a plastic base and a wire or plastic cover that attaches to the base, can be used as long as they are kept indoors, also the guinea pig must be allowed out for supervised exercise daily. Wooden hutches are more commonly used and can be for outdoor or indoor use. Make sure that the guinea pig has adequate space for exercise and a separate sleeping compartment. Wood shavings should be used for the floor of the cage with some hay on top. Fine sawdust can cause eye irritations and do not use straw as it can cause eye injuries. The cage or hutch should be cleaned out weekly, the indoor cages may need to be cleaned out ore often, and any old food removed. If it is necessary to wash the housing then only use a cleaner specifically designed for cleaning these little animals houses. An earthenware food bowl and a drinking bottle will also be required to feed and water the guinea pig.
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Characteristics
Suitability For Children
Character & Temperament
Sleeping Habits
In the wild cavies are more active at night.
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Toys & Exercise
The cage or hutch itself could be furnished with items, such as boxes and tubes, for the guinea pig to hide in. A box with several holes big enough for guinea pigs to go through will keep them amused for a good long while.
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Grooming
Types of Coat The coat of the Rex is woolly, dense and short. The shorter hairs make the coat curl and stand upright.
Colour The Rex guinea pig comes in many different colours.
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Other
Intelligence Guinea pigs can become accustomed to the sound of your voice, and will show various degrees of response. It may even be possible, using treats as rewards, to train the guinea pig to carry out some of its natural activities.
Show Characteristics The coat of the Rex is very distinctive. It has short guard hairs which make the coat curl and stand erect. This type of coat should be dense. For showing any colour is allowed. There are some new varieties appearing, among them is the longer haired Rex.
Country of Origin South America

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