Angora guinea pig is the collective name for the long-haired breeds of this animal. It used to be called Peruvian pig and sheltie when they were the only species with long hair. Over time, long-haired varieties became more. Long well-groomed clothes of different colors attract the attention of guinea pigs and prizes at exhibitions.
Long-haired guinea pigs are a breeding species bred for decorative purposes. They do not occur in nature. Different breeds of animals have differences that exist in the hairline. Body weight – 25.85 cm, length – short thin paws, weight – 0.8-1.5 kg (males are heavier than females). The teeth grow continuously and need constant grinding.
The hairline of the animal is dense, 20–25 cm long in length. The structure of the coat (soft or hard) depends on the variety of the pet. The color scheme is extensive, acceptable and monochrome, and polychrome colors. The most common shade is red and its variations. The direction of hair growth, the degree of their waviness, the number of outlets of traditional breeds.
Breeds of long-haired pigs
The main breeds of Angora guinea pigs:
- Coronet: distinctive features – a socket on the head and an even parting along the back. Coronets appeared as a result of crossing alpacas and crosses.
- Peruvian: The first officially recognized long-haired breed. The coat is soft and thick, of uniform length (reaches 30 cm). The animal has a thick undercoat.
- Sheltie (or snare): outwardly similar to the Peruvian, with the exception of a long "fringe". The confusion in the head of the back and the images of something like a mane.
- Texel: owner of a very curly curly hair. In this, texel is similar to alpacas and merino.
Caring for the pigs depends on the coat, which requires daily combing. To get rid of stress and pain from unraveling.
Wool can be trimmed if length does not matter. This will not cause any inconvenience to the pet itself. If the animal is exposed or simply does not want to cut it), you can thoroughly stretch your hair, collect it in ponytails or wind it onto small papillots. This should prevent the pet from daily activities.
We do not recommend animals at all, but it is allowed to wash the stained area with special shampoo. Dry first with a towel and then with a hairdryer.
In addition, you need to regularly monitor the cleanliness of the ears. Pigs, mineral stones or wooden toys for rodents.
Conditions of detention
Mumps are sociable and usually get along well with other pets. They are often bred in pairs (if they do not intend to breed).
The size of the cell (60-40-60 cm) with a lattice floor – so that waste products fall into the pallet and do not stain the wool. So long cleaning should be done as often as possible – 4-5 times a week. As a litter, wood filler or sawdust is used.
A pet can be trained to walk in the right places to a designated place. Cells are enough once a week.
Angora Pig Health
Pet health is based on nutrition. Spoiled products or the wrong diet lead to various diseases, for example:
Typically, these diseases are resistant to infectious diseases. There is also a risk of conjunctivitis, cystitis, neoplasms in the body. The first sign of a disease is a decrease or lack of appetite.
Caring for the appearance of a long-haired animal takes time. His cell has to be cleaned often. Poor care leads to illness or parasites in the coat. If it is definitely worth buying an Angora pig.