Ok, well, just four guinea pigs. Guinea pigs make for great little pets. Larger than hamsters, but smaller than rabbits, guinea pigs can weigh a couple of pounds and generally live for five to seven years. The three most common breeds of guinea pig are the Smooth-Coated, with short, glossy fur; the Abyssinian, whose hair grows in fluffy tufts all over the body, and the Peruvian, with long, silky hair that flows to the ground.
Guinea pigs make wonderful companions. These docile members of the rodent family are excellent starter pets for older children who have mastered proper handling techniques. For more information about guinea pig care, or to adopt a guinea pig, contact the Ottawa Humane Society's Adoption Centre at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.