I´m thinking I better not get one if they require much grooming.
I think they are adorable with that wild hair and rosettes. It gives them character.
- Knee Deep
you can also get abby/peruvian mixes with longer hair that may need more grooming...
- For the love of my girls!
Within the first week of getting my pigs I felt I had made a terrible mistake. It took me a long time to get used to and accept them for who they were and appreciate them. They still don´t like to be handled and I am basically just a slave. But being an honorable person, I got them knowing I would take care of them for their whole lives, I wouldn´t give up and try to get rid of them. I think alot of people don´t stick it out or never really connect with their pigs -- the ones who eventually try to pass them to someone else. I only met one person in my town with pigs. I heard of 3 other people trying to get rid of their pigs.
Given all the questions you have and reservations I read between the lines, you might think twice about getting pigs. And then there is the daily routine of care, which many people tire of.
Guinea pigs are not for everyone.
- Slug Whisperer
Here is a picture of Bandit, he´s all abby! :)
They are sisters but don´t look alike. One favors her dad--slender body,sleek smooth hair with a reverse mohawk thing on her forhead. The other one favors mom--chubby body, short hair that kind of sticks out, I wouldn´t call it fluffy but defiently not sleek and smooth.
We got these from a boy that goes to PreKindergarten with my son. They have several and had taken 2 males into the vet to be fixed, well as it turns out one of the males was not totally fixed and he fathered 3 surprise litters with 3 of the females--so they had G.P.s that need a home.
We took 2 females and a friend of ours took 2 males. The boys mom was so glad, she just gave them to us no charge because she knew they would have a good home. We have both built C/C cages for them and are learning so much from this forum. Thank you all.
I´m not sure I appreciate your advice. You´re right. You are reading things between the lines. I know exactly what Guinea Pigs are like, having had many in the past. I loved them then, and I love them now. But they were all short haired. I have also had, and taken good care of, many other animals, including dogs and cats, so I know what they are like, also. Just this morning I spent about 2 hours grooming my Rough Collie. I don´t believe that just because I don´t wish to have any more animals that require a lot of grooming right now, that I shouldn´t have any. I also have three small children to take care of, plus a job. And I do realize that this is a long-term commitment. I have had one of my dogs for ten years, now. I had another dog for eleven years. But I don´t think I really owe you this explanation.
As far as my questions are concerned, I simply want to take the best care of the ones I get. It´s been a long time since I´ve had them, and much of the info. has changed. The advice given 20 years ago was very different.
- Thanks for the Memories
Don´t worry about Lynx. She means well. Her psychic powers might be off today. But it´s very good advice for someone who isn´t used to pigs and is wondering what they got into. I think all beginner/prospective slaves should keep that in mind.
You´ve never mentioned ever having guinea pigs before. I stick with my advice that guinea pigs are not for everybody. But if you have had them, you are a step ahead and should have some idea of what you are getting into.
I am aware that people get animals all the time when they shouldn´t. I always knew there were so many unwanted dogs and cats in the world, but I didn´t really realize there were so many Guinea Pigs. I´ve lived up here for 15 years, and I´ve hardly seen one. There are none to give away or sell in the paper, none on the bulletin boards, and our animal shelter does not have any. This is why I started looking elsewhere.
I am only planning to get two right now, since I know I don´t have room for more. I will not be producing any babies. I understand wanting to breed them, since the babies are so cute, and it´s so interesting to see what colors you get, etc. When I had them as a teenager, I did have a few litters, since I didn´t know better. At least I did find homes for them or keep them myself.
I guess I didn´t mention ever having them before. I have been away from them for a long time, busy doing other things. But now I feel ready for them again.
UPLisa - When you said you just spent two hours grooming your dog I know you weren´t exaggerating one bit. I have a Tibetan Terrier with an untrimmed, natural, coat and also spent about two hours last night raking out piles of undercoat!
I have two Peruvian GPs and a baby who looks like he´s going to have an Abyssinian type coat. It takes me about 10 minutes every few days to keep them brushed out. They get a trim once a month, followed by a bath. The trim takes about 15 minutes per pig and the bath about 30 minutes each one (mostly blow drying time).
To keep a long-haired pig in good condition for showing does take a great deal of time and effort, but pet long-hairs are really not much trouble at all. I´d recommend you get whatever type appeals to you most. Good luck choosing!