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All About Abyssinian Guinea Pigs

All you Abysinians, stand up!
All you Abysinians, stand up!

The Abyssinian guinea pig is one of the most popular and recognizeable breeds of guinea pig in the world. They can be any color in the guinea pig rainbow and breed readily with other breeds of guinea pigs. The only difference between an Abyssinian and other breeds of guinea pigs is the coat texture and growth pattern.

Rows Of Rosettes

The main characteristic of the Abyssinian's coat pattern is that it growth in whorls officially called "rosettes". They come in varying stages of recognizeability. Most Abyssininans look like they have moustaches, a cap and a tutu on.

Show Abyssinians have to have a minimum of eight clearly defineable rosettes about the body. The edges of the rosettes should be "crisp" or look like an easily defined line. The rosettes should be symmetrically placed along the body (ideally, if you are looking to show Abysinian guinea pigs).

The coat texture is usually described as "rough" and "harsh", but it still is a lot softer than sandpaper, which is usually what I think of as the definition of "rough". Abyssinians are very pettable and, with gentle training, very affectionate. Some even develop as "lap pigs".

The Abyssinian Personality

Or "pig-inality", in this case. Although no guinea pig has read any of the books about how they normally behave, Abyssinians have a tendency to be friendlier and cheekier and a bit more mischievous than other breeds. There is no scientific proof of this -- it just seems to happen.

For example, my late Abyssinian Cocaine (she had a thin white line going up her nose) was a comical character. She learned to sit up, learned to jump into her cage on command, came when called (when she felt like it, not necessarily when I felt like it), played her water bottle like a musical instrument (wasting a lot of water) and "popcorned" even late in life.

It is only fitting that the breed of guinea pig with a highly overactive imagination that starred in a series of children's books should be an Abyssinian. Olga da Polga was based on a real Abyssinian guinea pig that belonged to author Micheal Bond's daughter. Later on, when more guinea pigs were added to the Bond family, there was always an Olga, who was always a multi colored Abyssinian. They all lived up to their infamous name.

Where'd The Name Come From?

The real mystery surrounding Abyssinian guinea pigs is just why they are called Abyssininan guinea pigs. They are not and never were from Abyssinina (which is the old name for Ethiopia). They also share no resemblance to an Abyssinian cat.

All domesticated guinea pigs are from South America, spefically Peru and Patagonia. The first guinea pigs to reach Europe were in the sixteenth century and cost a fortune (perhaps a guinea?) Perhaps anything exotic was given a foreign name of a foreign country fashionable in England at the time -- Abyssinia. Then again, all guinea pigs are neither from Guinea nor are they pigs (they are rodents).

Perhaps the Abyssinans themselves thought they were from Africa and whispered there stories in the ears of humans as they slept. Well, I think that's how Olga explained it.

However they got the name, it has stuck. I used to have a book on guinea pigs written in the early 1900s, and the breed Abyssinian was prominately mentioned.

Abyssinian Care

Abyssinians aren't known to be any more prone to illness than other guinea pig breeds. They are easy to groom with a soft cat or bunny brush, or even an old toothbrush. They like to keep themselves clean. Bathing is only necessary in emergencies, or if the piggy has trouble keeping their hind ends clean when they get older.

Abyssinian guinea pigs are considered great pets for those who have never kept guinea pigs before. For many of us (myself included), an Abyssinnian guinea pig was our first pets.

Abysinnians have a lot to say. Film of Squeaky by Kdeliso

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Whitney05 9 years ago from Georgia

I'm not a big fan of guinea pigs, having had them before, but these guys are So cute! Great Hub!


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RenaSherwood 9 years ago Author

Ah, you just haven't met the right guinea pig yet, Whitney :-)


buggu 8 years ago

my abyssinian guinea pig actually isn't friendly at all i was wondering why because i have a med. haried one and he is very firnedly


Kris 8 years ago

I have one too and he's not friendly,as a matter of fact,...he freaks out BIG TIME every time I try to pick him up or touch him. He is very cute but very mischieveous as they state here....he dumps his food all the time,he is forever trying to dominate our other american 3 year old male,including not letting him eat or drink..even though they have THREE water bottles and a huge bowl of food to share in their cage. I love him dearly but he's a brat and is very hard to 'play with or pet.

As far as training or teaching him tricks..How do u train something that has an anxiety attack everytime u go near it?!


Trevon57 8 years ago

This is so cool and cute


hh 8 years ago

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Angel 8 years ago

I have on to and he is the best natured guinea pig i have ever known. He is friendly, cute and loves to picked up and played with.


Julie 8 years ago

I have two piggies and they are the sweetest things. I was wondering if the younger one(3 and a hlf months) was allowed to eat the same veggies as my two-year old pig.


Monica 8 years ago

I just bought a 4 month old Abyssinian and she's a sweetie. Once I pick her up she's fine just sitting on me or happier up in my hair. She shares her home with a 4 month old Teddy and is very generous with her friend. They already have their favorites of the veggies and friuts I give them.


Misspelled  8 years ago

I had an Abyssinian guinea pig who was not social,cute or sneaky?


laura 8 years ago

we have 3 abyssinians who do not like beng picked up, when we do they have bit me before. However we have now trained them to jump in and out of their hutch themselves so we do not to handle them. They are very friendly however and love to talk to you through the cage wire


Lucy95 8 years ago

I have one abyssinian guinea pig and she would never hurt or bite anyone. She is the cutest, fluffiest little thing I have ever seen, in my opinion, and loves to be held!


Molly 8 years ago

I have 2 guinea pigs one is a Rex and the other is Abyssinian and they are both lovely, cheeky in an adorable and they have also learned to use their water bottle as a musical instrument.


Domino Wee 8 years ago

I have eight guinea pigs! They are adorable! I have three short haired ones called Thistle and Lupin and Domino. (Her nickname is Domino Wee! =3) Oh and I have five Abyssinians. They are all very nervous. Their names are Nosy, Daisy, Mitzi and Camel and Dandi. Camel and Dandi are Mitzi's children and are still feeding from her. She was pregnant when I brought her, as I have no male guinea pigs. (Although Camel and Dandi may be boys, I haven't checked yet!)


Piggle 8 years ago

I have an Abyssinian! During out of cage time, she is the most mischevous pet I have ever seen!She eats everything from the sofa to candy wrappers, runs like a rabbit, and seems to be everywhere at once! She is NOT lap guinea pig (unless you held her at like 9:00 at night) but she IS a sweetie!


hottie 7 years ago

I have at least 5 Abyssinians and all of them are sweet and cudly and they all love to do tricks for lettace or any type of veggie. Their names are Mittin, Guenise, Mi Mi, Max, and my newist one Smokey.


Aimee 7 years ago

I have an abyssinian, he's the friendliest pig ive ever met. He normally just sits on my lap waiting fro pats. Im hopefully getting a female soon.


Begita 7 years ago

We just got our first 2 Abyssinian Guinea Pigs both are now very friendly only after 2 days of having them. I was wondering if anyone can tell me how long they wil be when full grown. The other Guinea pigs in with them at the pet store was double their lentgh and size. their coats were very straight and smooth. Just didn't know if these was a smaller Guinea pig than most. thanks


beebee 7 years ago

I have 1 abyssinian boy.He would never hurt anyone he is 4and a half months old he is so sweet and cuddley he'z never bit me before.when i bought him he was in a cage with 6 other different breeds he was the only abyssinian there.Soon if i persuad my MUM i will get another REMEMBER ALLWAYS IN PAIRS.........my guinea pig is called cappuccino i no sooooooooo cute if they are in pairs you will see there attaude change in a good ay if you have 2 boys or 2 girls or a boy and a girl.


gabby 7 years ago

i really want a guinea pig!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!but i have a hamster a bunny a cat and 2 dogs.my dad says if my hamster dies i might get one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!but my mom says never going to happen.but i just beg.


Earl 7 years ago

I have two guinea pigs, porky and piglett, and they are the sweetest things ever! They know how to hop in their cage, stand up, and shake with there littlee paws. they will soon have babies:( my mom says i have to give away the babies. im sad...


swimgirl9888 7 years ago

I LOVE PIGS!! Oh wait I am a pig! HEHEHEHEHEHHE! I also love ANDREW WILSON!! But I hate CAMERON CARLE!! HEHEHEHEHEHE! Guinea Pigs RULE! Go Guineas!


peachy213 7 years ago

i have a young abyssinian guinea pig and have had several in the past..i love all animals and didn't think that on a site where i would go to look at these lovely little animals you would show videos of snakes killing and eating them..IM DISGUSTED..not on these pages please..there is enough depravity through out the internet and what if my young neice had been looking at the same time\ as this is a site i would think she should have been ok looking at with me..have we know even got to monitor pages that should be child friendly such as those with pets on?


bing  7 years ago

i have a peruvian guinea pig and i am planning to have an abyssinian but im afraid it will be naughty and not as sweet as my peruvian.


J a z  7 years ago

i have a 6 month old abyssinian guinea pig - Georgie, she is the sweetest thing out (:


Pam 7 years ago

I am going to buy a guinea pig very soon. I was wondering what else I should buy such as a small hut for it to sleep in.I think it would be cute to watch it play with toys, but kind of toys to guinea pigs need? I have never owned one before and don't know many people who have.


Nicki 7 years ago

me n my sister r gettin guinea pigs sooon im so excited i cant wait my sister is going crazy!

im going to get an abyssinian guinea but my sister wants a normal straight haired 1. yay go me! my bro sux cause he h8s guinea pigs! he says they are ugly n smell but they dont!


Rob Lynne,Shyla 7 years ago

We have owned an abyssinian guinea for 3 and a half years. This pig was named Abby. She was the cutest and most cuddly. Her favorite place was to nestle up under our neck. She would just lay there and purr, and occasionly give you little kisses on our cheeks. She loved to run around the floor and hide under the coffee table. Often when called out to, she would come to you. Every time we would cut veggies she would squeak loudly for us not to forget her share. Every morning she would greet us with a happy squeak at breakfast. Unfortunately on Wednesday she had a prolapsed uterus and what seemed to be a respirtory problem and we had to put her to sleep. She will be missed a great deal. We plan to purchase two more in the fall, also to be abyssinian, the best pet ever!


clarence 7 years ago

i have an abyssinian guinea piggy. he is sooooooooo cute


A.C 7 years ago

I really want a guinea pig!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm soooooooooooooo shour I'm getting 2 for my B day.I LOVE GUINEA PIGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Guinea Pig Person 7 years ago

GUINEA PIGS ARE AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! i'M GONNA GET TWO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1 ABYSSINIAN AND A SELF BLACK! :)


marie 7 years ago

i am currently asking my parents for 1 and saying i will do good in school if i get1 and i have decided that i want one of these abyssian guinea pigs 2 me there just so cute!!!!


hh 7 years ago

just got 2 sooooo cute gineapigs


mary 7 years ago

i have 1 Abyssinnian named willy. he is the cutest thing you would ever meet. He is only 9 months old... but he like to bite your shirts and eats pretty much nothing but timothy hay and oranges.. he really doesn't like guinea pig food..


molly moo 7 years ago

my ambyssinian can jump up wwen i say urgh


Leslee 7 years ago

My Guinea pig, Lily started to flip out when she heard the youtube video. XD She is an Abyssinian too.


HARRIT 7 years ago

well...IM GETTING TWO IN.. 2 WEEKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Peaches 7 years ago

i have a 18weeks old abssynian guinea pig, and she jumps out of box all the time but she is very small. do they get bigger and fatter or not ? her name is mitzy =) love her too bits


Piggie_lover 87 7 years ago

My abyssinian is all black is loving, but out of his mind. Everytime I turn around he tips his foodbowl over flips his house over and can popcorn better than an olympic athlete. I've even witnessed him do frontflips b4. I'm wondering if I should get another email me at sweet_yeahthatsright@yahoo.com.

Thank u


guineapig 7 years ago

I am getting an abyssinian tomorrow and i am so excited i"ve learned everything about abyssinians and now i can finially get one tomorrow i am so excited!


Abby 7 years ago

I guess it kind of varies because I have an abby named Harmony who's really mellow. He also doesn't sit up ever, but that might be due to a back injury in his first seven months. Oh btw, shelter guinea pigs are often much nicer than pet store guinea pigs. Harmony is our shelter pig, and he's really nice and doesn't bite. Toby is our pet store guinea pig. He bites and he runs and he gets lost. HE'S CRAZY!


melissa 7 years ago

i have one, and his names luie.

hes the sweetest pig ever,

& loves to talk& play.


Kate 7 years ago

I just got an abyssinian and i love him to pieces!!!!!! He IS more mischifous then my other 2 but sooo sweet and adorable. He loves to popcorn, and when i put my hand in his cage he runs right up to it, even tho i've only had him for less then 2 weeks. my other 2 are terrafied when i put my hand in there and i've had them for like 6 months. :)


Kimberly 7 years ago

My abyssinian is so cute. She is really big and chubby. She turned 25 (1 year old) in september. Right now she's sleeping on me. I'm trying not to move to much. Her name is Dorothy Jean after my past baby sitter, we call her D.J. She answers to D.J. more than her full name. She mainly eats salad and other veggies. When she drinks her water she twits her head in all directions just to drink. We sometimes call her curly fires because her nails are so long and curly. We try to shorten but sadly it's no use. D.J. is white, fuzzy, and has a black oral eye ( a black spot circling her eye). I just woke her up and she is biting my shirt. She just ate and she already used the bathroom. When she's sleepy her ears always flap. When she yawns it is so cute! Her tounge sticks out and she makes a little sound like a whistle. She kind of gets along with my sister's guinea pig Pheobe (an american). Pheobe is 3 months younger than her. Pheobe always starts fights with D.J. and all D.J. does is cry and squeak as loud as she can ,in the middle of the night too. Ther at first didn't like eachother at all but now whenever they hear my phone ring Pheobe runs beside D.J. Pheobe is white, brown, lght brown, and dark brown. She one time had a problem with her foot and stated biting it everyday and we didn't realize it until her foot was pitch black and covered in dried blood. We took her to the vet and they said her foot was paralized. They said that Pheobe bit her vains and knawed her bone away. They had to cut off her foot and it cost $300. That was a good price because another vet we went to for Pheobe said that the surgery would cost $850. It took so long to find a good hospital for Pheobe becuse guinea pigs are exotic pets. Anyway... Pheobe is fine now. She sometimes gets mad about her foot and squeaks very loudly out of nowhere. Well I'm getting tired now. I'll try to write about Pheobe and D.J. daily or weekly to keep you updated on them. Awwwwww D.J. just yawned! Well bye now! (Finally)


Kimberly 7 years ago

My abyssinian is so cute. She is really big and chubby. She turned 25 (1 year old) in september. Right now she's sleeping on me. I'm trying not to move to much. Her name is Dorothy Jean after my past babysitter, we call her D.J. She answers to D.J. more than her full name. She mainly eats salad and other veggies. When she drinks her water she twits her head in all directions just to drink. We sometimes call her curly fires because her nails are so long and curly. We try to shorten but sadly it's no use. D.J. is white, fuzzy, and has a black oral eye ( a black spot circling her eye). I just woke her up and she is biting my shirt. She just ate and she already used the bathroom. When she's sleepy her ears always flap. When she yawns it is so cute! Her tounge sticks out and she makes a little sound like a whistle. She kind of gets along with my sister's guinea pig Pheobe (an american). Pheobe is 3 months younger than her. Pheobe always starts fights with D.J. and all D.J. does is cry and squeak as loud as she can ,in the middle of the night too. Ther at first didn't like eachother at all but now whenever they hear my phone ring Pheobe runs beside D.J. Pheobe is white, brown, lght brown, and dark brown. She one time had a problem with her foot and stated biting it everyday and we didn't realize it until her foot was pitch black and covered in dried blood. We took her to the vet and they said her foot was paralized. They said that Pheobe bit her vains and knawed her bone away. They had to cut off her foot and it cost $300. That was a good price because another vet we went to for Pheobe said that the surgery would cost $850. It took so long to find a good hospital for Pheobe becuse guinea pigs are exotic pets. Anyway... Pheobe is fine now. She sometimes gets mad about her foot and squeaks very loudly out of nowhere. Well I'm getting tired now. I'll try to write about Pheobe and D.J. daily or weekly to keep you updated on them. Awwwwww D.J. just yawned! Well bye now! (Finally)


kimberly 7 years ago

As I saide before I was going to try to keep everyone with an update on D.J. and Pheobe so here I go. Right now D.J is looking out the window munching on some salad and Pheobe is skipping around in the cage because she is by herself. D.J. is just hipnotized. She looks sleepy so I'm going to out her back in the cage now. BRB

Okay I put D.J. back and now Pheobe is upset. When Pheobe is mad she shakes her butt and makes these weird vibrating sounds. D.J. just ignores it but then a fight starts. I'm watching them though. D.J. is drinking some water now and Pheobe is just staring. D.J. is done now and she is just walking aroung the cage. Sometimes Pheobe follows her. They always play follow the leader and D.J. is mainly the leader even though Pheobe bosses her around. I can't wait until Pheobe's birthday she looks small but she is going to be 25. D.J. is kinda huge for a 25 year old or Pheobe is just small for a 25 year old. Anyway... They are both chewing some salad and itching theirselves. I feel abd that i have to leave them 5 days a week for 7 hours to go to school. They are all alone but not hungrey amd they are so bored. Usually they play with bouncy balls abd chew toys which keep them buisy but they only seem to do it when I'm here. I guess they think there is no point to play if they can't show it off to someone. Well I guess i could play with them now. So i have to talk or write to you later because right now d.j and pheobe are having fun with me! Awwww Pheobe just nibbled on my finger! Well bye now! (Finally)


Ruth 7 years ago

my abyssinian is very cheeky indeed. He loves playing on the piano and climbing over my shoulder :D


Duke55 7 years ago

I just bought 2 Abyssinian Guinea pigs.

We are piggy sitting for a friend and have fallen in love with her piggies, not sure of the breeds. One of them just absolutely adores me. If my wife picks her up and I sit next to her, she will go nuts trying to get to me. She just loves me to death and almost licks my face off with piggy kisses. The other piggy we a sitting for is much more reserved and just lays there when you pet it, but in the cage she will squeak and hop and stand on her hind legs.

Because these 2 were so much fun and we really iked them, my wife and I decided to buy our own. We just got them today, so they are understandably nervous. But they took to being picked up and petted pretty nicely. We used the two older piggies that we are sitting for to help acclimate them.

I look forward to many years of enjoyment with my 2 new piggies.


Duke55 7 years ago

I just bought 2 Abyssinian Guinea pigs.

We are piggy sitting for a friend and have fallen in love with her piggies, not sure of the breeds. One of them just absolutely adores me. If my wife picks her up and I sit next to her, she will go nuts trying to get to me. She just loves me to death and almost licks my face off with piggy kisses. The other piggy we a sitting for is much more reserved and just lays there when you pet it, but in the cage she will squeak and hop and stand on her hind legs.

Because these 2 were so much fun and we really iked them, my wife and I decided to buy our own. We just got them today, so they are understandably nervous. But they took to being picked up and petted pretty nicely. We used the two older piggies that we are sitting for to help acclimate them.

I look forward to many years of enjoyment with my 2 new piggies.


Guinealover123 7 years ago

I just got a guinea pig on October,25,2009.she is a Abyssinian.She is seven weeks old.She is adorable!I named her Bailey Grace.Isn't that cute!She is tan,dark brown and white.She is soooo loving.But there is one problem.Every time I pick her up she screams!But its a cute scream.Once I comfort her shes fine.She also has a room mate.His name is Ziggy James.He always tries to dominate her but she doesn't let him.Anyway,my 2 guineas rock!


STEPH H 7 years ago

I just bought one after my Vet hounded my for awile. I always goes in for crickes for my 12 fire bellied toads. Their cages are next to eac other and they do fine, I also have 3 hermit crabs, 3 cats,and a dog.It's like a zoo here.I just cna't turn down an animal.And he is the cuteset thing. He is 4 months old which is good cause my son is learning more resposibility taking care of animals. And they get to grow together. It's his new bst fried. I am very happy with him I would recommend that breed to others.


SpunkY 7 years ago

I just bought one last week. He was the cutest thing I saw and besides my Vet would hound me everytime I came in for crikets for our red bellied fire toads. He wouldn't stop. He claimed he wouldn't get along with the other but that was fine because if I got 1 is was only gonna be one. He would try to chew the metal divider that held the glass between him and the others and that he was loud. Since he has been here he has had nothing but love. He loves to cuddle he'll even eat out of your hand. He 4 months old and the cutest. He is now added to the others we have here. His cage is right next to our red bellied fire toads we have 12 of them we also haw 3 hermit crabs and 3 cats and one dog. It's like a zoo here. If I could have anymore animals I would. o


SpunkY 7 years ago

I just bought one last week. He was the cutest thing I saw and besides my Vet would hound me everytime I came in for crikets for our red bellied fire toads. He wouldn't stop. He claimed he wouldn't get along with the other but that was fine because if I got 1 is was only gonna be one. He would try to chew the metal divider that held the glass between him and the others and that he was loud. Since he has been here he has had nothing but love. He loves to cuddle he'll even eat out of your hand. He 4 months old and the cutest. He is now added to the others we have here. His cage is right next to our red bellied fire toads we have 12 of them we also haw 3 hermit crabs and 3 cats and one dog. It's like a zoo here. If I could have anymore animals I would. o


Greta 7 years ago

My abyssinian guinea pigs are absolutely adorable. I know they make a lot of noise, but I still recommend them.


Ursala 7 years ago

All about abyssinian. Oh, I know! They're guinea pigs. The basics are that they make many noises. If you go to work all day, don't bother getting them. They need a lot of attention and care. Their cage needs to be cleaned at least once a week. I would get them at a shelter. So bye!


Sernia 7 years ago

Hi, a abyssinian guinea pig is the best pet you would ever find. Just remember they need a lot of care. But they are still fun to play with. Growing up I've had many guinea pigs.


Cameran 7 years ago

Hello people! My abyssinian are adorable. I just got them. But they do need a lot of attention. I would get one.


Nasha 7 years ago

Hello, abyssinian guinea pigs are the greatest pets! I highly recommend them. I'd totally get one!


PIGGYPIE 7 years ago

All abyssinians are wonderful, loving creatures. Although all guinea pigs are great. I would totally get one. If you get one, get 2, they are social animals. They eat grass and pellets of food. Their cage should be 30x50 at the minimum. Um.... so get one!


Abbysi 7 years ago

Get, Get, Get an Abyssinian guinea pig! They are great pets for all. Most Abyssinian have longer hair. They need a lot of exercise too.


sue 7 years ago

i have a male and female husband and wife we call them who have had babes and he looks after her so good he takes her food and sits with her and the babes and grooms themhe one cool fella i wish he wos human


New Guinea 7 years ago

Any of you, if your even thinking about getting a guinea pig, get an abyssinian guinea pig. They are really the best type. I have 2. They are very active.


ABC Guinea 7 years ago

I have had experience with abyssinian for such a long time. They are about the most loving creatures you would ever find. They have many cool things to explore. For example, they make lots of noises and they like to eat veggies and hay. So whatever you do, buy an abyssinian guinea pig.


Heyo Eveybody 7 years ago

Heyo eveybody! I have 2 great healthy abyssinian guinea pigs. Aren't they great Huh? I love them. Well, bye!


Lisa 7 years ago

My guinea pig Cutie pie is lovely and is the most wonderful guinea pig ever! I love her so much, they are wonderful pets, more like friends and kids then rodents! Love the piggys, love them!


Rodett 6 years ago

Hello! I was just thinking about getting guinea pigs. Heard about abyssinian. Now, got 2!


Paiyo 6 years ago

Did you know that there is a type of guinea pig called the abyssinian? And did you know that it is the best type? Well, all I have to say is get one! You won't regret it. Serious!


Paiyo 6 years ago

Did you know that there is a type of guinea pig called the abyssinian? And did you know that it is the best type? Well, all I have to say is get one! You won't regret it. Serious!


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GuineaPiggie 6 years ago from Chicago

Great article! While listening to the video (one of my piggies is also named Squeaky )my little ones got so excited! They are roaming my office and decided to check out the squeaks. Cute.

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Paiyo 6 years ago

Cute Piggies!


hayley 6 years ago

We currently have 3 Abyssinians and one smooth coat (Roxy). we did have 4 Abyssinian but we lost one before christmas. the smooth coat is the moody one but they are all very sweet, Lola is about 2 and a half years and the other 2, Honey and Luna, are about 2 and half months. it took us a week to train the babies to come up to us when we let them out on the floor. tomato works a treat, the one we lost, Delilah, was the best, i could get her to stand up on her back feet for food. Lola, our other older Abyssinian pig can do it too now. ive even had them climb on my lap to get food if im not giving them enough attention wen they want it. its just a matter of getting them to trust you, and with a pig, if you have food it wont take them long. have patience, dont make any sudden movements and make sure you have plenty of tomato cut up into little bite sized pieces so they just have to come back for more. Dont try going up to them, they will just run away, let them come to you, and if you have a group of them, once one gets it, the others will follow. it will take time, but once they understand that you have what they want, they will pluck up the courage to come over, its funny watching them decide what to do.

ive also found that, when your trying to get them to try new foods but they wont, eat a bit yourself and let them smell your breath. they can tell what you have been eating and then know that its fine for them to eat. they do it to each other all the time.


tay 6 years ago

I want an Abyssinian so bad...


Guinea Luv 6 years ago

I HAVE 2! THEY ROCK!!


Sarah 6 years ago

I have one Abyssinian he is the cutest little guy hes black with white in the middle of his back going all the way around like a ring and a few tiny brown spots on his mohawk and mustash thingy. he has this little cat toy ball that when you roll it around the bell makes noices and if you get him goin hes allll over the cage popcorning and everything he does this late at night too its so cute. he also loves to be in my hair and my pockets hes so cute and friendly to pretty much everyone and hes a very picky eater he doesn't like carrots, lettus, cucumber, apples, or bell peppers... but i love him anyway!


Carly 6 years ago

it is so true about the breed being friendlier and cheekier but more mischevious. my guinea pig is totally that description!


Kimberly 6 years ago

I'M BAAAAAACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Excuse me for not writing my stories for a while. My comp. shut down for the second time. >:( D.J and Phoebe are fine. Right now they are eating salad. I don't really feed them pellets. They like veggies and stuff. Phoebe is hopping around and now D.J. is squeking at Ryan Seacrest on American Idol while he's talking to Miley Cyrus.......She stopped now....it's a commercial. It is almost the year anniversary for when we first got D.J. and Phoebe. March 26. Yes I remember that day. Wasn't that long ago. Man, I sound like an old lady talking about her childhood or something. Anyway, I was coming from Gateway mall and I had a lot of money left on me. So I decided to get a pet. I went to petland and only saw fish and guinea pigs mice hamsters rabbits and chinchillas. I didn't want a chinchilla though, they kinda scare me. The just stand there most of the time. Mice I would never want. Hamsters really remind me of mice. Fish seem boring and I want a pet that I can pick up without killing it. Rabbits are cute and cuddly but one was sold. The only thing left was guinea pigs. I decided to get one. That is how got D.J. She was terrified of me. She bit me and ran away. My sister got Phoebe from PETCO. She really wanted a pet. But a dog and a cat wasn't what she was looking for. There she got little ol' Phoebe. Phoebe and D.J. hated each other. They fought every night so we had to separate them EVERY night. We were about to give them back. But good thing we didn't. Phoebe and D.J. get along now and the little things are trapped in my heart and mind forever. How much I love Phoebe and D.J. Oh man! D.J. is squeeking at Ryan Seacrest again. I gotta stop her so gotta go. Bye now!

P.S.

GuineaPiggie! Such a cute name!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111 :D


Vickie 6 years ago

I have Abyssinian guinea pig that I got for $25 at an exotic sale. At first I was going to get a tri-colored oene, but a woman bid agianst me and got it for about $67 dollars. Now I'm researching them so I know how to take care of Percy Jackson (name of my guinea pig).


Charlotte 6 years ago

I have a Black Abyssinian, and she just LOVES spinach. She's actually smart, to... I taught her how to play dead on command!


Jeep-Jeep 6 years ago

I have a guinea pig named Jeep-Jeep. He's an abyssinian.

I got him from a guy for free. I think He is 3 years old.

He squeaks all the time and when I get on the palm of my

hands and on my knees, he just crawls under me! And he

goes in my room when I set him outside of it, or really far

away from it. It's been about 5 weeks and he hasn't learned

his name, still! He just sits there until I put the carrot

right in his face!


Twinkle 6 years ago

My boyfriend and I just bought our first abyssinian guinea pig. She will be joining our existing herd for a total of 3. Our other piggies are smooth-haired and I have been wanting to get an abyssinian pig for some time but we just haven't been able to find one. Finally we were out shopping and saw that someone had turned their piggie into the humane society. Once we saw Twinkle we knew we just had to have her, and we adopted her on the spot. She has become a great addition to our little family and we just love her. Thanks for such a great hub. It answered all of the questions I had about our new baby!


CD 6 years ago

So, I got my first piggy. She does not seem to enjoy being petted. She makes a rumbly purring noise every time I pet her from the neck down and if I pet her head, no noise but she thrusts her head up like get the heck off me. Anyone have any info on that? I just got her a cage mate yesterday. That piggy seems to be fine with being loved on. Very frustrating indeed LOL


terces 6 years ago

i also have one and i think she is pregnant.

she is tame and nice. it is nice to have it.

she is so cute.


Jayne 6 years ago

I have a dark grey and white abyssinian guinea pig and she is totally beautiful :) I called her scruffters because she looks so scruffy with all her rosettes. She hates being picked up but once she is settles again she loves to sit in your lap and have her ears rubbed. I love her to little tiny tiny pieces.!


antoinejon 6 years ago

hello.. I'm just wondering since I'm new to this hobby of taking care of small creatures.. when would the rosettes appear? I mean how old would the rosettes appear on abyssinian GP's. Because mine is 1 month old and still no rosettes.. If you have any idea just e-mail it to me please.. thanks GP lovers

its antoinejon22@yahoo.com


Kathryn 6 years ago

I have 2 female guinea pigs Lucy (American Crested) and Abby (Abyssinian). They both get a long with each other great. Abby is more friendly with me she is very affectionate, talkitive, loves to cuddles. She will sit on my lap and watch tv with me and I will pat her and she purrs at me. I would buy another abyssinian guinea pig again.


Abbie 6 years ago

i have an abysinnian guinea pig called rolo. he has a really cheeky personality and even follows me into the kitchen when i feed him everyday:) he doesn't like to be picked up at first but once you sit him on your knee, he will get comfortable and sit there for ages. he's also learnt to climb the stairs in our house, although it takes him a little longer now as he's 5 years old:)


sara 6 years ago

i am getting one soon but worried that it won't live that long or i wont take good care of it. any idea's how to take care of a abysinnian guinea pig??


Leon 6 years ago

I got a abysinnian guinea pig is so cute.Too shy :(.

Training him now.


Jenn 6 years ago

Maybe Abyssinians are the chatty ones... my aby, Frenzy, squeaks constantly just like the piggy in the video!


chaechae 6 years ago

my first guineapig is an abyssinian, i got him 5 years ago and he has no problems, has never gone to the vet gor an injury, and its not that much money to take care of them.


iBlogger 6 years ago

Thanks for the info! I have a Peruvian guinea pig and an Abyssinian. My Peruvian girl (Alice) is very quiet, in the corner a lot. The Abyssinian (Delilah) (my sister named her that one) is very playful. She also fights Alice for any salad, has to get the first bite and the most

I found the info about the water bottle to be the most informative and helpful. Delilah drinks so much water, always at the bottle. My nana was worried, wondering if any water came out. I phoned her right after reading this Hub. Thanks so much! Delilah is proof that Abyssinian guinea pigs are fun and playful.

Love the video! Such a good pig! So cute!


reBlogger 6 years ago

I want an ABYSSINIAN guinea pig so freakin` baaaad. :)


Mia 6 years ago

I have an American guinea pig. I love him but he seems very sad and lonely, considering his brother was recently killed by a copperhead snake. That being, I am getting him a friend. I think Abyssinians are adorable and would love to get one, but I don't know where they sell them near me, so I'll probably end up with another American-but I lve them just as much :)


Kimberly 6 years ago

Oh My Gosh...I totally forgot about this website and Phoebe and D.j. updates...Woopsee daisy! Anyway, it is like 2:45 in the morning... my motto is "Don't sleep if your'e not sleepy." So i was bored and just started surfing the internet, ofcourse with D.J. right next to me. She's just sitting there. My sister is with Phoebe and we are watching Random Cartoons! on Nicktoons. D.J. is really sleepy...I should put her in the cage...I could put her in the cage...I would put her in the cage...but I get really lonely when I'm..well...alone! So I'll just keep her with me.Phoebe is laying down on my sister. Now we are watching Round and Round...you know..by Selena Gomez...and Phoebe is purring while D.J. is just staring into space. Now we are watching...omg......OMG.....NO...................okay my sister turned the channel. D.J. is now chewing on an imaginary pellet and Phoebe is falling asleep. Oh... D.J. is falling asleep now too. I put a lot of (...) in this story didn't I. My birthday just passed and now I am (blank) years old. HA! HA! HA! HEH! HEH! HEH! HOO! HOO! HOO! Ok D.J. is scared now. She popped her head up. Pheobe did too. When I found this website again, I didn't know wha it was and I said "Oh my, look at the comments on here. These sound like really cute guinea pigs. OOO! This Kimberly person wrote a lot of stuff. I have that name too. What a small world. HA! HA! HA! OOO! D.J. and Phoebe..." Then I remebered. "OH! THAT'S ME!" I'm so slow. I re-read all of my comments and said "Boy, I could write." So I decided let me... WAIT BRB D.J. GOTTA GO POTTY!

There. She's in the cage and I'm with Phoebe now. She's so small. She still fights with D.J. but that is only so she could get out of the cage. My sister spoils her...A lot! Phoebe loves me! But I don't really think D.J. does. She always hits me and one time I was watching T.V. with D.J. next to me and the person on T.V. said "I'll always love you, with all my heart!" or something like that. So I said to D.J., "I love you D.J. with all my heart! o you love me?" All D.J. did was look at me, turn her head, and then turn around and run under my pillow. She's so mean. But I still love her. Woah! Once again I wrote a lot. I get way too carried away with these COMMENTS...THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO BE SHORT AND NOT A STORY...but I guess I can't help it. Well, I guess I'll be leaving now...maybe going to sleep...maybe...maybe...not...yeah....I won't go to sleep. Well Bye Bye Now! (Finally...why do I do that...)


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Eternal Evolution 6 years ago from kentucky

I've been thinking about getting a piggy, i have a friend who absolutly loves them. curently i have a pet rat, which is a great pet. she is very tame and a sweet heart. however she is almost 3 and rats don't have a long lifespan 3-4 years is common. i hope she lives longer, she seems very healthy but after she finially does pass i may look into a pig.


Catherine 6 years ago

Hello i have an abyssinian i only got ih and them guinea pigs are nice


chelly11 6 years ago

I'm going to get one and i was wondering which guinea pig is the best to get? I was thinking abyssinian.


guinea pig lover 6 years ago

I think they so cute and so furry i want one so bad.


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ticklebug82 6 years ago from Oneida, NY

While I run a guinea pig rescue all of my own guinea pigs are abyssinians. They are so cool, their hair is awesome too. You can see some of them in the picture of fleece on my hub http://hubpages.com/animals/Guinea-Pig-Bedding about Guinea pig bedding.


gill 6 years ago

I noticed this guinea got quite ticked off, wondering if she was swearing at the petter? notice the nose nudge late in the video? usualy that means 'keep your hands off my head' in guinea language...


Dominique 6 years ago

I almost cried when I came across this page! The abyssinian looks EXACTLY like my old guinea pig, Brownie. She died in February and I miss her. :( If the guinea pig's butt was white, I would have said that was her! Her fur was exactly the same besides that, and the rosettes were in the same places. The resemblance is scary.

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a274/petlove1995...


will brown 6 years ago

bigdaddy my g-pig misses me a lot my mom had 2 turn the tv on when she left 2 keep him from popcorning !


Guinea lover 6 years ago

I have 2 guinea pigs, Jaffacake and Esme. Jaffa does not like to be handled...


Guniea Pigs Are My Life 6 years ago

I have one guniea pig named Spice. I have had her since October, so about one month, she is 3 months old and the sweetest guinea pig ever. She loves strawberries, carrots, and cucumbers. I take her out every couple of days for a nice munch on the front yard grass and a bit of sunshine. I have 2 cats, one who is Outdoor and Indoor and another who is just Outdoor. The one that comes inside a lot sometimes watches her with a close eye, but I shoo him away. Spice is still the happiest guinea pig I've ever met. She loves being handled throughout the day, and overall she is handled a lot, and is very used to me. She nibbles sometimes, and a lot when she's just meeting someone... but she is a very calm and quiet baby girl :)


Sian 6 years ago

i got two guinea pigs when i was ten.

One was a tricolor and the other one is an absynian.

The tricolor was called Alfie and the absyinian is called Ollie.

Alfie died in july.

It was very sad.

Ollie now has a new friend called Oscar.

Oscar is not used to people around him yet.

I love my wee Ollie he is my favourite pet in the world.

Guinea pigs are not that hard to look after and if you are not into rodents, you will start to grow attatched to them anyway.

i wrote a poem about my guinea pigs.....

My guinea pigs are so sweet,

I love to give them such a treat,

Their names are Alfie and Ollie,

They're better than any old dollie,

They love it in the hay,

I will never give them away,

And every step of the way,

They really made my day.


annie 5 years ago

i have a guinea pig and she is so cute. my cosin told me to get one and mine is so cute


brittany 5 years ago

Well,I have 2 guinea pigs a boy and girl their names R Daisy and strip. They R so adorable.Theyhad babies this year.


Kathryn 5 years ago

I have 3 guinea pigs 2 females and 1 male. 1 of the females is an abyssinian and she is a sweetheart she cuddles with me, I have a cat bed for her that I keep at the computer and she sits there and watches me when I am typing, sometimes I let her sit on my lap while I am typing and she stays while I pat her, she coos ans squeaks at me a lot she is very talkitive.


Reese'smommy 5 years ago

I have an abyssinian named Reeses (he's the color of Reeses cups :) ) and he is the sweetest little thing! He is actually VERY calm when I pick him up out of his cage and almost never runs away. He is a spoiled brat though. when I take him out for floor time if I walk away from him and he can't seem me for a few minutes he starts screaming. And he is a little bugger when he doesn't get his treats on time but he is the cuddliest happiest piggie ever ^-^


Oliver 5 years ago

When you said "That's what Olga thinks", was you refering to Olga Dapolga the Guinea Pig from the books?


noelle 5 years ago

i have an abysinnian guinea pig and he is 1 year and 4 months his name is rondo he loves being petted and he is really cute


Iluvguineapigs 5 years ago

I have 2 guinea pigs one is abbysinian and is called scruffels(hes mine) and the other is nutmeg and american(hes my sisters) they are both the cutest little boys anyone has ever met!! And within three days of having them they sat on our arms happily and comfortably scruffles has never ever bitten me but he does always lick me they are 2 very good boys if u dont have a little piggy already get one


narmine 5 years ago

hi i have three guinea pigs well i use to one i had to returne because he didn't get along with my other piggy and then i got the aybissian a pithch black one his name is panther and mufasa my panther died september 10 2011 he died fom a heat stroe and i miss him when people talk about guineas i think about him my friends say i am obbseded but i love him sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much


Jelrose 5 years ago

I have Abyssinian Piggy and he is always nervous. Anytime I try to pivk him up he freaks out and runs when I try to pet him. All he does is hide under any piece of clothing he crawl under. What should I do to helo him feel welcomed?


marmar 5 years ago

my pig brie just died last nite when i came back from school she was all stiff and cold it was horrible! do you think my other one will be ok if we adopt her a friend


nicky 5 years ago

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Jeremy A. 5 years ago

I have two male Abyssianians, Sebastian (calico) & Basel (all black). Both are friendly and docile. They sit still to let you pet them and are exciting to watch. Sebastian popcorns a bunch, Basel is more mellow and doesn't seem to do much. Guess he's rather more like me, in that he keeps to himself and simply walks around or stays in his hut. Sebastian runs around and there's times where that's all he does. Guess it depends on where you get them or what their play mates are like in the pet stores. Nice website overall.


jade 5 years ago

they are so cute i just want too touch them your beloved jade07kk


ArMani the boy 4 years ago

Im getting a guinea pig this week! Im so happy ,im hopin of getinn' a Abyssianian but i went to petco by house & all i saw was americans guinea,pigs


ioho 4 years ago

where can i find abbbysian guinea pigs.


Lauren84 4 years ago

im new to guinea pigs and i have a 5 and half month old abyssianian and he is okay he can get in a lot of trouble sometimes and i just found out like a minute ago he likes to pee when and where ever he wants he just peed somehow out of his cage and yeah he chews everything in site and its annoying bc he has a million other things he could chew and i will take him out to play and he will not run or play unless im in the playpen with him he loves to run on my lap and laydown and loves the blowdryer after a bath and he was not shy at all when i brought him home for the first time home he ate and ate and ate i just hope he gets calmer and less wild when he gets older bc he is crazy!


Cathy 4 years ago

My Abyssinian just had two babies....a white Abby and a dark ginger shorthair! They are very cute!


Nomes 4 years ago

I have 2 piggies, one is an Abyssinian, Cookie (or cookie monster as we now call her) she's very cheeky and likes to re-arrange her cage. She does a lot of popcorning too especially at dinner time! She loves a cuddle and never stops squeaking unless it's to purr :)


nun 4 years ago

love it


guinea pig lover 4 years ago

awwwww! i have one to she is so shy but getting better :)


harry11468 4 years ago

i have had three guinea pigs in the past and tomorrow i am hoping to get my first abyssinian. I really hopes she gets along with my brothers guinea pig who is a 5 yr. old female american guinea pig. I'm thinking of naming her Teddy. i hope that Petco has an abyssinian.


Jennabell 4 years ago

I have a abyssinian male and he is a darling... Loves his chin scratches! Also plays the water bottle ha ha and will gladly spill his food as soon as u put the bowl down! Friendly to no end... As for my female American I do not handle her unless I have to... I mean besides I want to keep my fingers! She is getting better I can now pet her and scratch her chin... And boy is she a talker! I luv my pigs


annabel 4 years ago

i have a girl baby guinea and she is soooo sweet and kind but that's because i bond w/ her.


Cookie monster 4 years ago

Ive reasearched them and their really cool and love able easy to take care of and cuddly their awesome


pig lover 3 years ago

my piggy is really nice but sadly i cant find a male Abyssinian

I DO 4-H WITH HER


Alexis Keith 3 years ago

My twin sister, (Avery), has THE CUTEST golden abyssinian pig EVER! One time when I held her (she is Cinnamon Fuzz) she kept biting my arm! Cheeky/Wheeky, (play on words!), little thing! I LOVE GUINEA PIGS! Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!


Avery Keith 3 years ago

I have a female abyssinian satin. She is golden and SOOOOOO cute! Her name is Cinnamon Fuzz (Cindy for short) and she LOVES to eat. She wheeks a lot and always nibbles me to see if I am food. She really likes to stick her head in the igloo when my sisters extremely skittish white crested (Shooting Star) is in it. I got Cindy last June and I am trying to have her held every morning. I have to go hold Fuzzy now!


ashley 3 years ago

i had as my first pet an Abyssinian, and i loved him to death, i named him harry,cause the first thing i said when he was shown to me was "wow that's a hairy guinea pig" i had him to the point where he could even sleep out of the cage on my pillow, and he would stay there all night. i would leave for school in the mornings and my mom said he would stay quiet all day, until he heard my voice when i came home, she said thenhe would flip out wanting to be as you said a lap pig. i would watch csi Miami with him and eat popcorn, he loved his "outside adventures", and terrorizing my cats so that they would come close to the cage and step on the scatmat. so yeah i would agree %100 on how you described their personality. and i would love more than anything to get another one, but i don't think i will ever find another like my harry boo.


Colione 3 years ago

i want a guinea pig, but i have 4 cat 7 rabbits, 4 dogs and then 5 cat that comes to eat at my house. i dont even now how 5 cat they are.

i want a guinea pig

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