The Skinny Pig

October 22, 2007 | By Matt Van Hoven | 434 comments
Tags: pigs, breed, hairless, guinea, small pets

In the seventies, scientists developed a breed of guinea pig that they used for dermatological testing.

In recent years, the breed has become yet another popular designer pet.

The strange new rodent doesn't have any hair.

That's right, except for small tufts on the nose and feet, the skinny pig looks more like a ball of loose skin than the furry version of its former self.

But regardless of their odd appearance, pet lovers are still giving the little pudge balls a place to stay. In fact, some human companions are willing to spend up to $300 for the little buggers. The furry versions go for about $20 bucks.

Oddly enough, hairless guinea pigs eat three times as much as the traditional breed. And while their behavior is the same, they do need a bit of suntan lotion in the summer – that is if their cages are anywhere near direct sunlight.

Thankfully, the critters are no longer used for testing. A few years ago, the scientific community handed them over to breeders, who cross bred them with their hairy cohorts to improve their immune systems.

You may have seen our story “Tiny the Toyger.” Well, after seeing this little guy and the fashionable feline, we've decided to create a wall of new breeds. Guys, let's add the Skinny Pig.

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Brooke
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Brooke
5 years ago

pretty cute. but kinda sad that they came around from scientists testing on them.

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Tara V.
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Tara V.
5 years ago

They are just as cute as the GPs with hair!

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