The Baldwin Guinea Pig
Species: cavia porcellus
It is a very rare breed that developed very recently from spontaneously mutated pups born to American crested parents in San Diego, California.
These guinea pigs are not as popular as short-haired or long-haired breeds, therefore they are more expensive. Baldwins are born with all their hair, but just a few days after birth they start losing hair until they get completely bald. Adult Baldwins have numerous skin wrinkles.
Guinea pigs are sociable animals who feel best in company of their specimens. If you have several of these small cute rodents, you will be able to watch their behavior in a group which can only be seen when a cavy feels safe in a circle of mates. If a guinea pig lives alone, it can only communicate with people, so the owner will have to give it a lot of time and attention.
Due to their complete lack of hair, baldwins are very sensitive to temperature swings. They have increased metabolism compared to their relatives. The normal body temperature of a Baldwin is 38 degrees. Baldwins are very active during daytime, and since their skin is not protected with coat and is very tender, they are very vulnerable to direct sunlight and cold. The ideal ambient temperature for them is 18-22 degrees. Baldwins generally have good health and immune system; they are neat, so you won’t have to bathe them often.
Guinea pigs like fresh fruit and vegetables, they also eat sprout wheat and oat. Never you’re your pet with dairy products or meat. Fresh clean water always has to be in the cage.
Guinea pigs, like all rodents, tend to gnaw on furniture and other objects. Males usually fight with each other. They get very stressed because of temperature swings.
Average life span of Baldwin guinea pigs is 8-10 years. They are not prone to infections and rarely get ill. However if you notice something unusual about your pet, call your vet as soon as possible. The specialist will be able to detect a possible disease. Most diseases fall under one of the following categories: genetic illnesses; diseases due to improper feeding or husbandry; infections caused by bacteria or virus; parasite inflicted diseases; mechanical injuries.