These tailless rodents come from the Andes of South America

And have no relation to pigs. Also called cavies, the "porcellus" in their scientific name,

Male guinea pigs are called boars, females are called sows, and baby guinea pigs are known as pups.

There are 13 breeds of domestic guinea pigs, with variations in color, coat length, and texture.

Guinea pigs are notorious for being “talkative" animals.

When guinea pigs are happy, they'll often hop up and down repeatedly

Gregarious by nature, guinea pigs generally prefer to live in pairs or small groups.

In order to maintain good health, pet guinea pigs need a balanced diet