Guinea pigs have been one of the most popular domestic pets in Europe for at least four centuries. Despite what their name suggest, they do not come from Guinea, but from the Andes mountain range in South America – where they are more common as a source of food and in folk medicine than as pets.
Creepy, right? Luckily, the efforts of South American exporters to popularize guinea pig meat in the rest of the world have been largely unsuccessful, and these cute, friendly creatures remain pets first and foremost in most countries. But although most of us associate the cavy family with one particular rodent which is not particularly long-furred, Bored Panda has recently written about several guinea pig species whose fur grows long and luscious.
Namely, the Abyssinian, Peruvian, Coronet and Silkie guinea pigs are unique in their impressive, floor-length fur. Although their locks require lots of care and attention, if groomed regularly and properly their looks are well worth it. Check them out below.