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Interested in purchasing a book about guinea pigs?
See what we have to say about a few of the books on the market!

We openly admit our bias toward books that promote responsible pet ownership and adoption. And books that discourage breeding and showing.

Ratings are "unscientific". It's hoped that you will read any book with an open mind. Just don't believe everything you read -- and that goes for the internet (even us!) as well as the printed word.

The best advice will make sense to you. Better books will also lay to rest old wives tales. Poorer books perpetuate them.


Green square.Green square.Yellow square.Yellow square.White square. A Grown-up's Guide to Guinea Pigs

by Dale L. Sigler (2000 iuniverse.com)

Green square. Anti-breeding     Green square. Diet     Red square. Housing     White square. Medical     Light green square. Overall

Dale's fondness and familiarity with guinea pigs comes through strong. His common sense advice will help new and old guinea pig owners. Geared toward adults.

Pros: Great basic content.

Cons: Poor format, few pictures, little medical advice. Not enough emphasis on the risks of purchasing from pet stores and benefits of adoption. Suggests purchasing from breeders. 1 1/2 to 2 sq.' per guinea pig is recommended and the author seems to think a 3 sq ' cage for an individual guinea pig is fine.


Green square.Green square.Yellow square.Yellow square.White square. Guinea Pigs (Aspca Pet Care Guide)

by Mark Evans (2001 DK CHILDREN)
Basic care guide geared toward children.

Green square. Anti-breeding     Green square. Diet     Red square. Housing     White square. Medical     Light green square. Overall

Pros: The information offered is basically sound, though limited in scope and written for children. Encourages responsible pet ownership.

Cons: Mark Evans (who is English) suggests housing guinea pigs in outdoor "hutches". Housing guinea pigs outdoors is inappropriate and may be dangerous. Temperatures range widely in many locations and guinea pigs will become forgotten livestock if not part of the family (see Housing). Go Up


Red square.Yellow square.Yellow square.Yellow square.White square. Guinea Pigs, A Compete Pet Owner's Manual

by Katrin Behrend (Barron's)
64 glossy color pages, includes index. Geared toward children.

Red square. Pro-breeding     Yellow square. Diet     Red square. Housing     Yellow square. Medical     Orange square. Overall

Guinea Pigs, A Compete Pet Owner's Manual.Pros: Many cute pictures, nice format, attention to responsible pet ownership and suitability of a guinea pig as a pet.

Cons: Promotes small cage sizes. She asks and answers, "Do males get along with each other as well as females do?" By saying "Males get along fine, as long as they are neutered before their sexual maturity and as long as they were housed in groups at an early age." Long experience shows it is the personality of the guinea pig and not its sex that determines how well it gets along. See also Cavy Spirit's article on "Getting Along". Go Up


Red square.Orange square.Yellow square.Yellow square.White square. Guinea Piglopaedia - A Complete Guide to Guinea Pig Care

by Margaret Elward and Mette Ruelokke (2003 Ringpress Books)


179 matte pages (16 pages color inserts in two groups of 8 pages) - no index. 1/3 content general, 1/3 content medical, 1/3 content varieties, breeding and showing. Mette Ruelokke is a Danish vet; Margaret Elward a Dutch breeder. Adult oriented.

Red square. Pro-breeding     Yellow square. Diet     Red square. Housing     Yellow square. Medical     Orange square. Overall

Guinea Piglopaedia - A Complete Guide to Guinea Pig Care. Pros: Anatomy and physiology section. Extensive general medical section, from European point of view. Emphasizes the importance of hay (however, does not distinguish between grass hay and a legume hay like alfalfa). Attention to good general care.

Cons: Promotes small cages sizes, housing outside, recommends dog flea shampoos, newspaper for bedding. A few questionable diet recommendations like sunflower seeds, corn, and sugar beet cubes. Seems to suggest guessing if a guinea pig's weight has changed vs. weighing it. Claims guinea pigs can be "allergic" to common antibiotics. Large breeding section. Emphasis on breeding and showing.

Guinea Lynx Note: Margaret Elward and Mette Ruelokke claim four diseases make up 90% or more of all medical problems. They list malocclusion, scurvy (vitamin C deficiency), mange, and pregnancy toxemia. They write, "These are usually named 'the four killer diseases'."

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