Labradoodles, maltipoos, and puggles. They all are part of the designer pet trend. Meet another up and coming member to the designer pet family, especially in the UK, — the hairless guinea pig.
Skinny pigs are hairless except for the hair on their paws and at the crowns of their heads. Because of their unique nature, their dry skin needs to be moisturized, and they are very sensitive to extreme temperatures (sunscreen in the summer, a sweater in the winter). They also eat three times the amount of a normal guinea pig because they lose their heat quickly.
This hairless breed of guinea pigs was created for laboratory testing more than 30 years ago. Their skin was used for dermatological experiments.
Breeders than mated the hairless guinea pigs with normal guinea pigs so their immune system would be strengthened. And now, skinny pigs are becoming a popular household pet especially among allergy sufferers.
One skinny pig breeder said, “They are perfect for people who suffer from allergies and asthma as they have no fur. They obviously aren’t the cuddliest but they are so endearing and are always squeaking.”
Some people that really want to have a skinny pig are willing to pay up to $300 for one.