10 Reasons Why Guinea Pigs Make Great Pets

8. Guinea pigs are colorful. Short-haired, long-haired, even hairless — guinea pigs come in various breeds with fur of all lengths, colors and patterns. According to the American Cavy Breeders Association, there are 13 breeds and 10 basic colors of guinea pigs.

9. Guinea pigs like people. People who haven’t been around guinea pigs often don’t believe this, but these friendly little animals really do recognize and respond to their owners. Many squeal with delight when they see their owners or try to climb up the sides of their cage to greet them. They are as interactive and friendly as dogs and cats.

10. Guinea pigs make great first pets. Given their low-maintenance care, overall hardy nature, strong ability to bond with their owners and generally long lifespans, guinea pigs make terrific first pets for families who want an animal that is loving and rewarding but can’t provide the degree of care that a cat or dog requires — no need to walk a guinea pig!

So, now that you know all about guinea pigs, what’s stopping you from bringing an adorable new friend into your loving home?

Learn more about guinea pigs — and Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig month — at the Guinea Pig Today website.

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