Guinea pigs are small, sociable, `chatty¿ rodents. There are different breeds and varieties of guinea pigs, with a wide variety of colour and coat lengths.
Typically guinea pigs live for 5-6 years, but some may live longer.
Guinea pigs are traditionally thought of as good first pets for children, but it should always be an adult that takes responsibility to ensure they are properly handled and cared for.
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Understanding Guinea pigs¿ needs
There is no one ¿perfect¿ way to care for all guinea pigs because every guinea pig and every situation is different. It is up to you how you look after your guinea pig, but you must take reasonable steps to ensure that you meet all their needs.
Read our expert reviewed pet care information to find out more about the needs of guinea pigs:
Guinea pig factfile
Guinea pigs, or `cavies¿, are social animals with a compact, rounded body shape, short legs and no tail.
They originate from the grasslands and lower slopes of the Andes Mountains in South America. Why not view our full Guinea pig factfile (PDF 44KB).