Himalayan guinea pigs are considered among the rarest and most unique varieties of guinea pigs in the world. Here are some of the things you need to know about Himalayan Guinea Pigs. The breed is considered an excellent pet that is relatively easier to look after, hence ideal even for young children.
Even though the breed is named after the Himalayas, one of the most iconic and famous mountainous regions in the world, located in Nepal in Asia.
The origins of this particular breed of the guinea pig are quite mysterious.
While some argue that this guinea-pig breed originated from South-East-Asia, many believe that like most other guinea pig breeds.
The Himalayan guinea pig can also trace its roots back to South America.
The name has been given to this breed on account of its resemblance with the Siamese cat, also an Asian-origin breed of animal.
Interestingly enough, the Himalayan guinea pig is an albino breed.
With white fur and pink eyes providing an interesting and unique physical experience.
With darker colours on the feet, nose, and other parts of the body.
Sensitive and Loving
As pets, Himalayans act like regular guinea-pig-breeds, requiring love, care, and attention while also having bold, energetic, and curious personalities.
However, a minor drawback is Himalayan-cavies are easily frightened, which is a difficult trait to deal with in a pet.
Also, Himalayan guinea pigs are extremely social and thrive best in the company of other fellow guinea pigs.
They may also prove to be relatively low-maintenance pets.
Himalayan guinea-pigs require their fur to be brushed maximum a couple of times a week.
This ensures all parasites or other issues are taken care of, while toenails need to clip regularly.
Himalayan guinea pigs, like other breeds, do suffer from some common health issues, particularly low vitamin C levels.
This must be dealt with not only using pellets but also ensuring the pet Himalayan
This must be dealt with not only using pellets but also ensuring your cavy consumes fresh vegetables high in vitamin C
Fresh leafy greens vegetables such as broccoli and especially spinach that contains vitamin C, carotenoid and, vitamin K.
guinea pig constantly consumes fresh vegetables high in vitamin C such as broccoli and other leafy greens.
As time progresses and the age of the Himalayan-guinea-pig increases, they develop shading around their eyes, referred to as focuses.
This is another common trait shared with Siamese cats, apart from similarities in overall physical appearance. They also develop coloured patches of fur across their coat, called “points”, a few months into their lifespan. These “points” may change colour and appearance based on exposure to sunlight.
Himalayan guinea pigs also develop certain skin problems while also being conducive to parasites, which may cause great harm.
However, if their living space such as their cage is maintained thoroughly and kept clean.
Along with regular grooming activities such as brushing the fur coat and clipping toenails.
The chances of such health problems developing may be considerably reduced.