Thirteen breeds of guinea pigs are recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association, the official registry for guinea pigs in the United States. Each breed is unique in color, body type, and coat. The Abyssinian is one of the oldest breeds. His ancestors originated in South America and are still found in the wild in Brazil, Peru, Argentina and Uruguay. The Abyssinian is easy to identify because its coat is covered with rosettes and whorls, a pattern made up of radiated hair growing from a center point. The pattern gives a rough, unkempt appearance. Rosettes can be seen on pups as young as two days of age. The coat of Abyssinian guinea pig is rough and wiry and occurs in all color combinations. Its life span is about eight years.
As pets, the Abyssinian has many advantages. It is easy to feed and house. It is cuddly. It has little odor and rather healthy.
To be shown, the Abyssinian needs to have at least eight separate rosettes, but most prefer ten. The rosettes are not random and should be arranged as set forth in the "Abyssinian Standard of Perfection," so that the animal has a checkerboard appearance.
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There is not much difference between the Abyssinian and the Abyssinian satin, other than it has the signature coat of a Satin.
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The Abyssinian guinea pigs pictured above have a nice home at Strana Yenotia Abyssinian Guinea Pig
- Guinea Pig: Your Happy Healthy Pet. Audrey Pavia
- The Guinea Pig Handbook. Sharon Lynn Vanderlip