We are a zealous hobby breeder of Skinnies (Hairless Guinea Pigs) and ratties www.demorattery.com, located in Chicago, IL.
Since adopting our beautiful Esteban, we fell in love with these adorable intriguing little creatures. Our breeding program is focused on Dalmatian Skinnies, Black & White and Self Color Piggies. We encourage questions or inquiries regarding our caviary. I have extensive experience raising and breeding animals; and now I am channeling my knowledge of exotic animals into breeding healthy, sweet and beautiful Skinnies. I work with amazingly well established blood lines to ensure quality, health and longevity of my piggies.
The modern Hairless Skinny pig breed originated with a cross between haired guinea pigs and a hairless lab strain. The Hairless Guinea Pig strain that it is most likely related to them, was a spontaneous genetic mutation first identified at Montreal's Institute Armand Frappier in 1978. Later, scientists in research labs created the Skinny Pig by using mutated genes of those specific Guinea Pigs. These genetic mutations were born with no hair. Their bare skin was then in turn used for dermatological experiments. Eventually, these researchers allowed the Skinny Pigs to be bred outside the lab. Breeders have since bred them with furry guinea pigs in order to strengthen their immune systems.
The Skinny Pig is a very unusual, yet an increasingly popular breed of Hairless Guinea Pig. There are two main varieties of hairless - Skinny and the Baldwin. Both of these varieties have an uncanny way of winning the hearts of nearly all they come into contact with.
Just like furry Guinea Pigs, Hairless Guinea Pigs (Skinnies) are curious and mischievous; many Skinny Pig owners and breeders say that they are more outgoing than the regular guinea pig. Many claim they are more playful and desire more attention than the furry guinea pig does. Some Skinny's friends say they eat more and seemed to be more active in order to maintain their body temperature.
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