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Mon, Oct 22 | By Matt Van Hoven | 434

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. <… more ›

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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Kim C.
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Kim C.
5 years ago

I bet they sell clothes for these little guys to wear....Since they chew on stuff I guess they'd have to be edible cltohes!

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Christy M.
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Christy M.
5 years ago

Hairless is not for me, although that would totally fix the shedding problem! :) Glad to hear these little guys aren't used for experiements anymore.

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Dewitt G.
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Dewitt G.
5 years ago

The fascination some have with owning hairless pets escapes me. I'd much rather have a guinea pig with hair.

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Wanda & Veronica ;.
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Wanda & Veronica ;.
5 years ago

Why do people even consider designer pets? We have enough animals that need homes. Leave things the way they are intended.

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Sheryl  S.
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Sheryl S.
5 years ago

They are cute. I have never heard of them before.

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barb  a.
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barb a.
5 years ago

We do not need designer animals their are already enough animals in the world that need to find good homes

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Meryl O.
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Meryl O.
5 years ago

I do not agree with all this designer interbreeding of any pets.

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Vickyks2
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Vickyks2
5 years ago

awwww
i think its adorable!!!
i want one :]
but seriously, "designer pets"
its like they're ment for celebrities or something, like they deserve to take care of a life
i mean, just look at paris hilton. she "loved" her chihuahua and then lost it ; how responsible is that?
i mean not all celebrities are that bad.

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Annie H.
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Annie H.
5 years ago

I don't like the idea of designer pets. They're cute I guess. I'm not much for the hairless. I think the traditional guineas are cute.

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Dewitt G.
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Dewitt G.
5 years ago

I don't see the fascination some have with animals that are basically bred to have genetic defects.

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Jodi S.
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Jodi S.
5 years ago

I've heard of these guys, but I really don't see the point. What benefit is a hairless guinea pig to anyone?

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Jessica T.
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Jessica T.
5 years ago

These little guys are too cute, but I don't see me having one any time soon. I also am not fond of this new move towards creating designer pets.

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Veronica L.
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Veronica L.
5 years ago

The price has really gone down, they are about $35 here in Canada. They are sooooooo cute, I wouldn't mind getting one to add my to my 3 traditional, but only from a HS or rescue.

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Terry F.
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Terry F.
5 years ago

That's the first I've heard of these little guys. I can't believe people spend $300 for them.

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Melody M.
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Melody M.
5 years ago

I don't know about this.

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natalie
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natalie
5 years ago

At least they are not used for dermatological testing.

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Lourie H.
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Lourie H.
5 years ago

Designer g pigs! Well now the rich and famous can have one of these until the novelty wears off and they end up homeless!

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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oldmaidcatwoman
5 years ago

Designer pets? What is wrong with the good old fashioned just plain old pet? I'm sure there are some people with allergies that this little guy would be great for. But, I would bet most people are just attracted to the novelty while many furry ones wait for homes.

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Katiemissy
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Katiemissy
5 years ago

If they were used for testing you can bet they will develop strange medical problems...like rats with tumors

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DDRau
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DDRau
5 years ago

Just because you CAN do it doesn't mean you should...Jurassic Park

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Littlebear0360
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Littlebear0360
5 years ago

It looks cute!

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Kavykeeper
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Kavykeeper
5 years ago

I would rather see the time and effort put into getting homes for guinea pigs in shelters and rescues instead of breeding more of them. I'm sure there are a lot of reputable breeders out there, but go to any shelter and I'm sure you'll find a huge number being put to sleep.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

unfortunatly g pigs are also used as snake food. a good pet store will not sell the as food because they don't repoduce like mice and rats. g pigs have one or two babies at a time

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Kavykeeper
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Kavykeeper
5 years ago

I don't think snake owners are going to pet stores to pay for guinea pigs to be used as snake food. It would be too expensive. Unfortunately, they get them for free by scanning the want ads and sites like Freecycle where many people offer their small animals for free. Whenever I see an ad that offers a free pet, I try and contact the owner to explain that their pet could end up as snake food if they give it away. I also suggest they take that unwanted pet to their local shelter than risk it's life. I contacted my local Freecycle site asking that they consider not allowing pets for free but I never received a response. All the more reason for adopting pets from shelters and rescues or looking at Freecycle where you might save a pet's life.

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Gretchen B.
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Gretchen B.
6 years ago

Sound really cute. So glad testing has stopped.

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Rebecca
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Rebecca
6 years ago

Cute, but how odd. I hope this skinny pig does well.

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Cindy Q.
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Cindy Q.
6 years ago

oh, that's cute

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Hannah B.
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Hannah B.
6 years ago

awwwe that's so cool it's like a baby pig that doesn't grow up. Even though it's hairless i could go for one!!

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Anna
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Anna
6 years ago

What an unusual animal!

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Logan
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Logan
6 years ago

I've never seen or heard anything like this before. I bet this a good pet for people that have allgeries

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PAULDESNOYERS
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PAULDESNOYERS
6 years ago

How cute!

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esther d.
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esther d.
6 years ago

They're adorable. Since they've already been created, I say we accept them. What are we going to do, kill them? I bet they'd make good pets for people with allergies.

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Carryl D.
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Carryl D.
6 years ago

Absurd!!! Why do people mess with nature like this?? Geez, why not clone a few just in case we need them later on?? Save all the mess of breeding them again.

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Jdarunner
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Jdarunner
6 years ago

there adorable!!!!!! i wish i had one to keep as a pet.

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Jdarunner
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Jdarunner
6 years ago

wow, thats a little weird

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Chandler W.
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Chandler W.
6 years ago

They are cute but it testing stinks. I hate animal testing for anything and now I'm sure that cross breeding could be helping get them back up in their immune systems but it's not always a good thing. Alot of times cross breeding causes internal problems down the line. And handing these animals out like little toys isn't good, they need to be properly cared for and sometimes the people with the money to buy them aren't the people willing to put in the time or effort to take care of them.

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kristie n.
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kristie n.
6 years ago

they are so stinkin cute

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HHR515
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HHR515
6 years ago

Yikes! This is a freakish looking critter. I know it's still a little pet that can probably be very sweet, but it frankly scares me!

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Joann B.
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Joann B.
6 years ago

This story is disturbing on many levels. From the fact that this poor little animal was scientifically "created" for the sole purpose of experimentation to the fact that it's now being bred as a "designer" pet. This is a serious level of tampering with nature. Manmade "recipes" like this are unconscionable. Imagine all the other things these wierd scientific minds have created that we don't yet know about - some we never will.

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Barbara K.
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Barbara K.
6 years ago

It is distressing that humans created a version expressly to experiment on...

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Kkliamovich71
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Kkliamovich71
6 years ago

Hairless animals do nothing for me....they are weird!

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D. Rene
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D. Rene
6 years ago

Odd looking animal

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Hymcheng
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Hymcheng
6 years ago

They're so cute! Still, I think genetically modified animals should stay in the lab and not be used as pets.

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5doxiemom
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5doxiemom
6 years ago

Glad they are no longer used in animal testing. They are rather cute in a strange kind of way.

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Loveshorses
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Loveshorses
6 years ago

Oddly cute little critters.

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Jill6Johnson
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Jill6Johnson
6 years ago

Unusual story. Not sure I would ever consider such a pet

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Brutus1699
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Brutus1699
6 years ago

Soo cute. They look kind of like hippos.

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Linda W.
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Linda W.
6 years ago

Perhaps this breed should have been allowed to go extinct. A hairless animal really seems unnatural.

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Mary P.
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Mary P.
6 years ago

I was very pleased with the variety & assortment that God gave us initially. I didn't feel that the animal kingdom needed any improvements.

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