A Silkie Guinea Pig also goes by the names: Sheltie Guinea Pig and Silkie Satin Guinea Pig. This particular guinea pig is part of the Caviidae family.
This particular type of guinea pig is a very popular pet because of its attractive long-haired look. Silkies have lovely long locks of hair and are very popular on the show table.
They have very shiny and soft hair and its very hard not to want to pet one of them.
If you are considering having a Silkie Guinea Pig as a pet you may want to know that they are high-maintenance pets that require a lot of grooming. Therefore this type of guinea pig may not be suitable for children.
In order to reduce grooming time it may be best to have their hair trimmed from time to time.
If you are a dedicated owner that wants a guinea pig with great looks and a winning personality then this guinea pig may be right for you.
Scientific Name: Caviidae porcellus
Country of Origin: South America (Peruvian Andes)
Size: 8 to 9 inches
Life Expectancy: 7 years
A Silkie Guinea Pig is a fairly new type of guinea pig only being around since the 1970s.
This type guinea pig was developed by breeding a Self Black Guinea Pig and a Peruvian guinea pig.
It is now a very popular breed of guinea pig because of its different look and their personalities.
In the United States they are known as: Silkie.
In Great Britain they are known as Sheltie Guinea Pigs.
These guinea pigs come in a variety of colors just like any other guinea pig.
The only color that is not acceptable for showing is tan.
There are two long-haired guinea pigs that look very similar that those are the Silkie’s and the Peruvian guinea pigs.
The difference between the two is the Peruvian has slightly longer hair and it falls in a different pattern.
A Silkie’s hair will grow back from the neck, and looks like a mane and will leave the face uncovered. The hair is slightly longer in the back.
From a top view a Silkie will have hair that appears like a teardrop shape.
In addition a Silkie can be found in a Satin coat which is shinier and more dense but overall looks the same.
Caring For Your Guinea Pig
Be sure to give your guinea pig a lot of attention and the proper diet.
By keeping your guinea pig happy you will ensure that it has a long and healthy life that it enjoys.
They love to play and need plenty of exercise. Under close supervision you can let them run around the house or in the backyard for short periods of time.
Ideally they can use one hour of supervised floor time per day.
When handling your silkie guinea pig make sure not to pick them up just by their shoulders. You will need to pick up your pet evenly with the support of both hands. Support their entire body.
Be careful not to drop you guinea pig.
These are social creatures and like to have companions and make great pets for children.
Learn what your guinea pig needs including:
- Breeding Guinea Pigs
- Baby Guinea Pigs
If you are looking to purchase a Silkie you can look online or go to your local pet store. However it is important to note that since these guinea pigs are a more popular breed they may be more difficult to find.
They usually go for a price around $20 to $30.
Other places you can look for these type of guinea pigs is shelters and rescues.
A healthy guinea pig will have good sound teeth, healthy coat and brilliant eyes.
Any age or sex will make for a good pet but if you don’t want any more guinea pigs it would be a good idea to get a pair of the same sex so that you don’t end up having baby guinea pigs.