The guinea pig, also called the cavy, is a species of rodent belonging to the family Caviidae and the genus Cavia. Despite their common name, these animals are not in the pig family, nor are they from Guinea.  In the 16th century the cavy was introduced by European traders, and since then many hearts worldwide have been captured by these wonderful little creatures.   Combination with their docile temper,  loving nature, smaller compact bodies (weighing on average 2 lbs.), sweet faces, soft rose petal ears, and the relative ease of caring for them, it’s no surprise the guinea pig is one of the most popular and enjoyable domestic rodent species for family households in the world today!

Although neutering/spaying your guinea pig can extend its years, the average life expectancy of a cavy is typically between 5-10 years.

For more information regarding cavies and their different breeds, we highly recommend purchasing this helpful book:

American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) Standard of Perfection (SOP)