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Coronet Guinea Pig

By | Last Updated : 13th May 2020

The Coronet guinea pig, known for its unique, attractive look and playful nature, is a breed of cuddly domestic guinea pigs. Although it bears a striking resemblance with a Silkie guinea pig, it can be distinguished by its adorable crest along with a rosette on its forehead. It was first produced in England during the mid-1970s as a result of a cross between a Silkie guinea pig and an American Crested. It was separately bred in the US during the late 1970s by crossing Silkies with White Cresteds that had longer hair on their rump. In 1998, the breed received recognition from the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA).

Coronet Guinea Pig

Basic Information

Kept As:Indoor cavy, show animal
Suited For:Experienced, active owners, singles, families with children
Origin:England
Temperament:Loving, playful, curious, affectionate
Hypoallergenic:No
Lifespan:4-6 years
Association/Clubs:None
Breed Standard:American Cavy Breeders Association

How Big do They Get

Size: 5-12 inches long

Weight: 1.5-3 lbs

Height: 6-13 inches

Width: About 7-14 inches

Coffee and White Coronet Guinea Pig
Cinnamon Coronet Guinea Pig

What do They Look Like

Fur Length: Long

Fur Texture: Smooth, soft, thick, straight, flowing from the front to back, crested with a rosette

Color: Can be of any color and pattern, including cinnamon and agouti, coffee and white, or tortoiseshell

Care Level

Spot clean your pet’s cage every day and replace any soiled bedding with a clean one. Wipe its cage using a damp cloth moistened with vinegar solution every week.

Cage Size

Make sure that your guinea pigs get enough room to exercise in the enclosure. You can keep a pair of Coronets in an indoor cage of minimum dimensions 30 X 50 X 20 inches, with a preferable floor space of 1512 square inches.

Agouti Coronet Guinea Pig
Baby Coronet Guinea Pig

Diet

Abundant fresh timothy hay, about 1/8 cups of pellets containing vitamin C, along with a few slices of fresh fruits and veggies (carrots, romaine lettuce, apples, oranges, and peaches) per day

Grooming

Brush its fur every other day with a soft bristle brush or plastic comb to keep its hair clean and free from knots. Trim its coat once a month and then brush to remove loose hairs.

Activity

It loves to play and explore; allow it to run and romp outside its cage or around the house under supervision for about an hour on a regular basis.

Cost

You can get a Coronet guinea pig from any reputable breeder or a rescue in your area at a price of about $20 to $35. The yearly cost of keeping a Coronet as a pet is average.

Shedding

It is an average annual shedder, losing its winter coat in spring and early summer. Excessive shedding during this time of the year can be controlled by frequent brushing (twice or thrice) per week.

Did You Know

  • Since these guinea pigs have a crown-like rosette on their forehead, they have been named the Coronet guinea pig.

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