We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Is a Teddy Guinea Pig?

By Marisa O'Connor
Updated Jun 04, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

The teddy guinea pig is a member of the guinea pig family, and a popular household pet. This breed is a variation on traditional breeds, but has been considered an official breed since 1978. They have small bodies, with wide, curved noses, and lots of short, dense, fuzzy hair that sticks right up, giving it a teddy bear appearance. Teddy guinea pigs make great pets, but require loving, careful owners.

This breed of guinea pig is not a natural breed. It is the result of genetic mutation of a tortoise shell and the white American guinea pig in 1967, and was competitively bred for profit. In 1978, the teddy guinea pig was recognized as an official breed, and are now quite common and popular pets. They can be found in most pet stores, and many breeders also sell them.

These animals are on the large side, compared to other rodents. The average size of a teddy guinea pig is between 8-10 inches (20-25 cm), weighing in at about 1.5-2.5 pounds (700-1200 grams). The average lifespan of a teddy is about four to five years. The longest living guinea pig, according to the 2006 Guinness Book of Records, was 14 years, 10.5 months.

The coat is the most distinctive characteristic of the teddy guinea pig. It somewhat resembles the fur on a teddy bear, which is how it got its name. The hair is short, dense, fuzzy, and kinked so that it sticks straight up. Even the whiskers of this breed are kinked. The coat may be soft or very rough. Rumor has it that most breeder judges prefer the rough coat.

The teddy guinea pig has a smaller body than most other breeds of guinea pig. Their noses are similar to those of the american guinea pig, which are wide and curved. Teddies can be found in all of the standard guinea pig colors including agouti patterns, black, white, red, beige, cream, lilac, and chocolate.

Teddy guinea pigs make fantastic pets, and they require lots of love and care. They are social animals, so getting a pair is a good idea. Be sure to get a same sex pair, or they might breed and have baby teddy guineas. A teddy guinea pig should be allowed to roam around outside its cage, while supervised, at least an hour a day, to keep it happy and healthy. Feed teddies a healthy diet, and provide a roomy cage with space to run around.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.