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The giant guinea pig is not actually a rodent; this is a little-known fact; most breeders are cognizant. Cavies are rather large for rodents; they weigh between 1 and 3 pounds and grow from 10 to 15 inches in length. They live an average of five years, but healthy and properly carried animals can live for about eight years. In the wild, these animals live in small groups which consist of sows (females,) a boar (male,) and the young (pups.) In captivity it is recommended to keep these animals in pairs, but remember that these pairs should be of the same sex. Boars should never be placed with sows under any circumstances. If you are not a professional breeder, please, do not breed these animals. The giant guinea pig is not actually a rodent; this is a little-known fact; most breeders are cognizant.

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Giant Guinea Pig

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These animals are the hystricomorphic rodents; they can be related to chinchillas and porcupines that originated from the Andes Mountains region of South America. The scientists think that the animals were first domesticated by the Indians of Peru. The animals were brought to Europe in the 16th century. The animals are very popular as pets and they are also valued fro their availability, docile temperaments, tendency not to bite or scratch when handled, and relatively clean habits. Selective breeding of these animals began in Europe after the animals were domesticated. The giant guinea pig is not actually a rodent; this is a little-known fact; most breeders are cognizant.

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