The Rex guinea pig is one of the most common breeds of guinea pigs. It is believed to have originated from the continent of South America. It is most of the time confused with another breed, the Teddy guinea pig. The major difference between the two is that the Teddy guinea pig has smoother and softer hair when compared to the hair of the Rex guinea pig. The Rex guinea pig has short hair that can grow not longer than 1 cm. The shorter hair makes the coat to curl and stand erect, giving it a wool-like feeling when touched that makes it popular among people.
The Rex guinea pig has a lifespan of around 5 to 6 years that is most of the time depends heavily on the environment they live in and the care they receive. The Rex can grow to 20 to 45 cm in length. The most suitable time for breeding for a female Rex guinea pig is 20 weeks to 1 year. A female Rex guinea pig can reproduce on average 3 litters, which can be between 1 to 6. The gestation period of a female Rex is between 65-72 days.
In terms of feeding, the Rex guinea pig requires mix food with all the necessary nutritional needs of a guinea pig, including fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are recommended to be given as treats and not too much because if they take in a lot of fruits and vegetables, they are likely to diarrhea and fall sick. Since the Rex guinea pig does not produce vitamin C and they need it, fruits and vegetables play a big role in giving vitamin C to them. During winter when fresh fruits and vegetables are short in supply, giving them vitamin C supplements satisfies their need. Water is also very important to the Rex guinea pig.
In terms of the general character of the Rex guinea pig, it is known as a sociable creature that is known to live in groups and pairs. In terms of intelligence, the Rex could get used to the owner’s voice and elicit a form of response. It can also be trained using special treats to carry out some of its activities.
Generally, the Rex guinea pig would make an ideal pet for a child because it does not require a lot of maintenance and its coat is very fun to stroke as it is curly and woolly.