We work with a lot of other breeds here at the caviary, but my heart remains with those two varieties in particular. As such, and as time goes on, you will probably find that my main piggies mostly represent one of those two looks, hopefully resulting in some incredibly curly and/or fluffy bubs.
At Present, these are my 'Curlies', including Texel, Alpaca, Rex, Merino and all the crossed versions of these varieties. It gives a great overview of how many different ways the curly gene can manifest in guinea pigs, and even how different two 'pedigree texels' can look, depending on the quality of their breeding. It may also help you identify what breed your pet piggy might be
(Special Interest: 'curly' genes in guinea pigs are recessive. Which means that if you have a pig with curls (ie. a rex, texel, or something in-between, it will have two copies of the curly gene, meaning it will breed true if paired with another curly pig. It also means that it will breed straight haired babies if bred to a pig without curls, and no curls in it's history as the straight-hair gene is dominant.):
These are some of the 'Fluffies' we've had here, including Peruvian, Sheltie, Abyssinian, Sheba Mini Yak, and all the crossed versions of these varieties:
(Special Interest: for the purposes of this page I'm using the lable 'fluffy' simply to mean pigs with long, straight hair, regardless of rosettes/crests. Ie. Sheltie's have long straight hair, but no rosettes, so don't appear 'fluffy' as such. Whereas Peruvian/Sheba Mini-Yak's have long straight hair, but rosettes as well, pushing the coat upwards - making them appear fluffy. But genetically quite similar animals. It's also interesting to note that the rosettes are a dominant gene. This means that a Peruvian who has one copy of the rosette gene and one copy of the smooth gene will look 'peruvian', but could produce sheltie babies if paired with another animal also carrying the smooth gene. These breeds will only breed pure every time if they carry two copies of the rosette gene)
And these guys are your classic guinea pigs, the ones most of us remember from our childhood. These are some of the smoothies we've had here: