Abbysinians

UP Lisa

Post   » Wed Jun 26, 2002 2:26 pm


Help. I have been under the impression that the Abyssinians didn´t really require any more grooming than the Americans. However, I have been reading that they do. I didn´t think the hair was the type that would tangle. Also, how in the world could you really brush it?

I´m thinking I better not get one if they require much grooming.

Lisa

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RavenShade
Thanks for the Memories

Post   » Wed Jun 26, 2002 2:29 pm


What have you read about tangles?

Max didn´t tangle, but I did sometimes brush him in the directions of his hair. Kind of worked around his many rosettes. Often, running my hands over him took care of any lose hairs (they were then on ME, but...).

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Jill

Post   » Wed Jun 26, 2002 2:31 pm


Our pigs are both Abbys, and unless I am doing something terribly wrong, there really isn´t any grooming involved. I think sometimes if they have longer hair around their rumps, urine can wick up. We haven´t had that problem.

I think they are adorable with that wild hair and rosettes. It gives them character.

UP Lisa

Post   » Wed Jun 26, 2002 2:36 pm


Hi. I´m glad to hear yours don´t tangle or really require grooming. I didn´t think so, but there´s so much inaccurate information out there. I think they are adorable, also.

Erin8607
Knee Deep

Post   » Thu Jun 27, 2002 12:53 am


I have one ´abby´ she´s only got two rear rossettes making her hair grow forward(with a mohawk&and a ridge on her spine), but she´s not peruvian and has short hair.... i have no trouble with her hair, and like lynx, my little girl doesn´t require grooming!

you can also get abby/peruvian mixes with longer hair that may need more grooming...
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KarasKavies
For the love of my girls!

Post   » Thu Jun 27, 2002 1:09 am


My two that have longer hair just need an occasional butt trim to keep the urine off. Really no big deal. Ginger, with her longer hair, occasionally gets a poop matted in her hair and I just cut it off. Her hair is much longer than an abby´s though. I don´t think you will have any problems at all!

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Jun 27, 2002 8:28 am


UPLisa, have you ever had guinea pigs? It´s one thing to read about them but it´s quite another to live with them. I am guessing many (if not most) pigs are pretty timid and you may join the list of people who had no idea what they were really like. They generally are NOT affectionate, you will feel used, it may take a long time for them to get used to you. If you have had cats or dogs, they are NOTHING like them.

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.

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Karen
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Post   » Thu Jun 27, 2002 10:02 am


My abby doesn´t really require any grooming, I think I run a brush through Bandit´s fur once a month just to get rid of any loose hairs. The same with my abby/cross pigs.

Here is a picture of Bandit, he´s all abby! :)
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Jensway

Post   » Thu Jun 27, 2002 11:29 am


I was wondering if anyone has a link to a page that would give pictures or descriptions of the different kinds of G.P.s . We have only had ours for about 4mths, so we are new and I would like to find out what kind they are. Just kind of curious.

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.

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RavenShade
Thanks for the Memories

Post   » Thu Jun 27, 2002 11:39 am


Pictures of different breeds, from a link on Seagull´s page: http://www.meerschweinchen.de/pictures.html

On this page, Peepers and Max are both Abbys/Abby crosses: http://www.angelfire.com/rant/cavyoverload/ (the other pig, Steve, is an American Crested)

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Jun 27, 2002 12:19 pm


Karen, your pig is just adorable! A real sweetie.

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stickyfroggi

Post   » Thu Jun 27, 2002 12:27 pm


I like the pics of the breeds on this site, they´re great

http://users.senet.com.au/~anmor/

although its a breeder´s site.. grrr.

UP Lisa

Post   » Thu Jun 27, 2002 1:38 pm


Lynx,

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.

Lisa

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RavenShade
Thanks for the Memories

Post   » Thu Jun 27, 2002 1:56 pm


An abby won´t add to your grooming routine any more than a regular short hair. Just get an adult so you know what the final coat looks like (no "abbyruvians" for you).

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.

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Jun 27, 2002 2:10 pm


If you talked to people who worked at rescues, you would find many many people who really didn´t know what to expect -- including people who express great enthusiasm, adopt, and then want out.

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.
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UP Lisa

Post   » Fri Jun 28, 2002 8:11 am


Lynx,

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.

Lisa

Jensway

Post   » Fri Jun 28, 2002 2:31 pm


Thank you--Ravenshade and Stickyfroggi for your links to the pictures. As best I can tell (just a novice at all this) I have one Abyssinian and one American Crest with a little diferent color.

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RavenShade
Thanks for the Memories

Post   » Fri Jun 28, 2002 2:40 pm


There are also English Cresteds which are all one color.

You going to show us pics? ;)

pigpal

Post   » Fri Jun 28, 2002 3:25 pm


LOL - Compared to a Rough Collie any kind of guinea pig is easy-care, when it comes to grooming at least!

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!

UP Lisa

Post   » Fri Jun 28, 2002 3:45 pm


Thank you, Pigpal. I won´t be doing any showing. Even if I wanted to, there are no shows anywhere around here. Yes, dogs can have an amazing amount of hair! Why do I have to love a breed with so much hair? Oh well, can´t help it. And the Smooth Collies just don´t look right to me at all.

Lisa

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