Texel Guinea Pig

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10-unusual-charming-breeds-of-guinea-pigs-51e3a4a350cbcThe most interesting fact about Texel Guinea Pig is that the American Cavy Breeders Association didn’t recognized it until 1998 and only after that fact, it become a stand-alone breed which is nowadays rather popular all over the world. Those small creatures are very unique and don’t look like any other breed. Sometimes this breed is called long haired  Silkie Guinea Pig, because the hair is rather long, but there’s a big difference : Texel Guinea Pig has curly long hair, while Silkie’s hair is just straight.

Like the Teddy Guinea Pig breed, this one is rather new and came from England in 80’s as a result of cross breeding but the detailes of those curly hair is still unknown.

texel-guinea-pigTexel Guinea Pig Care

Before speaking about care tips for Texel Guinea Pig owners, I would like to say that this is not the ideal choice for small children or for the people who never owned guinea pigs, because it requires a lot of time and attention to take care of.  Because of the long and curly hair, this breed requires grooming, at least once a day. The diet is absolutely the same as for other breeds. Grooming can be rather easy if you make it correctly. I recommend you to brush their hair every day or if you don’t have so much time at least once in 2-3 days. If you fail to do this, this may cause problems with the coat.  Trimming is another thing that you should do on regular basis.  Remember that it’s important to trim the backside in order to avoid urine smell on coat. Another thing that you should also keep in mind is that because of the long hair, which covers the ears, Texel Guinea Pigs may have earwax buildup.

Texel Guinea Pig Bath

You might already know that most breeds doesn’t require baths, but not this one. It’s OK to bath your pig once a month to make sure that the hair looks good and there is no smell of urine on it.

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