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    A friend for Henry? (question about a long haired breed and buying from Craigslist)

    Now that my daughter has fallen in love with the little guy-Henry...will be moving him into his own accommodations this weekend...In the meantime I have been looking around to see if I could find a buddy for him....I live too far from shelters, have tried several that are within a few hours of me...I did find someone somewhat near me that has an ad on craigslist for young ones - texals. Now, I have had long haired dogs in the past--and they are a lot of work, or regular work to keep them mat-free. I have zero experience outside of these past few months with guinea pigs (I have always had larger critters-cats dogs and horses) -- the lady selling the texal babies says "they aren't that much work at all, just brush him once a week and he will be fine"--Is that true??

    Next question...My thoughts are to find another young one...have read the boars don't always get along? I am in hopes that if I were to find a young male and they "grow up" together they just might be buddies. The one I am going to look at is supposed to be 6 weeks...so about 3 weeks older than Henry...if all went well and I get this texal introduce them in a few weeks...they would be about 5 and 8 weeks by then...but also having been living by themselves for a few weeks. Any thoughts there I would love to hear!!!

    I 'fear' craigslist, but at the same time she might be a nice/descent person with nice guinea pigs...so I am planning on going to see the pup she has over the weekend.
    Thanks so Much!!!!

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    Re: A friend for Henry? (question about a long haired breed and buying from Craigslis

    Quote Originally Posted by mj702002 View Post
    Now that my daughter has fallen in love with the little guy-Henry...will be moving him into his own accommodations this weekend...In the meantime I have been looking around to see if I could find a buddy for him....I live too far from shelters, have tried several that are within a few hours of me...I did find someone somewhat near me that has an ad on craigslist for young ones - texals. Now, I have had long haired dogs in the past--and they are a lot of work, or regular work to keep them mat-free. I have zero experience outside of these past few months with guinea pigs (I have always had larger critters-cats dogs and horses) -- the lady selling the texal babies says "they aren't that much work at all, just brush him once a week and he will be fine"--Is that true??

    Next question...My thoughts are to find another young one...have read the boars don't always get along? I am in hopes that if I were to find a young male and they "grow up" together they just might be buddies. The one I am going to look at is supposed to be 6 weeks...so about 3 weeks older than Henry...if all went well and I get this texal introduce them in a few weeks...they would be about 5 and 8 weeks by then...but also having been living by themselves for a few weeks. Any thoughts there I would love to hear!!!

    I 'fear' craigslist, but at the same time she might be a nice/descent person with nice guinea pigs...so I am planning on going to see the pup she has over the weekend.
    Thanks so Much!!!!
    I've had three texels and resorted to cutting their hair short to keep them tidy. Personally, I wouldn't get another texel due to the amount of grooming they needed. Short haired ones are a lot easier to care for.

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    Re: A friend for Henry? (question about a long haired breed and buying from Craigslis

    Thanks @pinky -- I had a feeling they would be similar to other long-haired critters!

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    Re: A friend for Henry? (question about a long haired breed and buying from Craigslis

    I don't have any experience with texels, but pinky got that covered.

    It's at myth that male pigs don't get along. They most definitely can, with enough space and when properly introduced. Why are you scared of craigslist? The only problem I would have (as of now) would be the owners saying stuff about the pig that isn't true, such as age or whether it's been bred or not. They also wouldn't have the credibility that the pig doesn't have some sort of disease, but there are some cases where shelters or rescues don't either. That's why you quarantine, to make sure the pig is healthy and won't pass anything to the current pig.

    Good luck!

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    Re: A friend for Henry? (question about a long haired breed and buying from Craigslis

    @PeanutnCookie Thank You so very much for that!! It makes me feel much better. I have been trolling through the pics of cage designs, trying to decide what I am going to do! Right now all (2 adults, and the 2 pups) are in a 3x4 --and man it looks tiny when they all cut loose playing!

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    Re: A friend for Henry? (question about a long haired breed and buying from Craigslis

    Texels are truly lovely and cuddly, but not very bright....in my experience. I kept my girl's hair quite short in order to maintain some hygiene, but once the hair was short, she barely shed at all. In contrast, my Aby shed a ridiculous amount even after being brushed.

    If you want a smart, vocal, athletic, mischievous cavy, then do consider an Aby.......but then, I'm biased. I love 'em! I currently have two little Aby boys and they are so much fun I can hardly stand it. They aren't so little any more. At 5 mos. old, they both weigh over two pounds. And both think the best place to warm their testicles is under my chin.

    If you should decide to get the Texel, both Pinky and I can offer grooming suggestions.

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    Re: A friend for Henry? (question about a long haired breed and buying from Craigslis

    Thank You @spy9doc I am undecided at this point...unfortunately I am kind of limited with where I could go (outside of a petsmart/co) as far as finding a different breed...If we do decide on that one I will surely be letting you guys know and asking for grooming tips!!

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    Re: A friend for Henry? (question about a long haired breed and buying from Craigslis

    I do have another question...being Henry is going to be just 3 wks old...and In looking to find him a friend rather quickly so he doesn't have to live alone for too long -- I have been limiting my searching to very young males. What is your experience with older males and young males ...as far as moving in with a young pup? That is where some of the Craigslist ads...are for multiples or they are older..and some state that the guinea pig doesn't like other guinea pigs...so as of this week, the Texal is the only one within an hour or so of where I live that is a single young male.

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    Re: A friend for Henry? (question about a long haired breed and buying from Craigslis

    I've owned most breeds with the exception of skinnies. Personally, I think Americans are the easiest to care for. I've owned a lot of teddies and I love them but they're prone to skin disorders due to their dense fur. My Americans have been the healthiest and of all the breeds I've owned. The fur on their back end stays clean because it's so short.

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    Re: A friend for Henry? (question about a long haired breed and buying from Craigslis

    I have a long haired Abyssinian pig and I have to give him regular butt cuts and completely cut it all off in the summer. I brush him about once a week or more. More regular baths too as otherwise the fur can get greasy and tangle easier. So it is a bit more work but I think he looks beautiful and is such a joy to own. The best thing that you could do is ask if you can trial the pig for a few days or at least one introduction just to make sure they won't fight, and if they do you can return him. I have heard that young males are more likely to get along than adults, but it can all change once they go through puberty and their testosterone boosts up. The thing that will prevent any fighting the most is for sure a large cage. The bigger the better. This is a really informative link to aid for when you introduce them http://guinea-pigs.livejournal.com/3002707.html

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    Re: A friend for Henry? (question about a long haired breed and buying from Craigslis

    My first two guinea pigs were American short hair/Abby mixes. Both had long skirts that needed to be regularly trimmed, and the one with the most Abby hair had to be trimmed all over occasionally.

    But I've got three now that never need anything trimmed. I've got two with duck butts, where the hair turns up in the rear like a duck's tail. The other is an American short hair, but her hair never grows. I sure don't miss trying to trim them -- the first two screamed like there was a nerve in every hair when I was cutting it.

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    Re: A friend for Henry? (question about a long haired breed and buying from Craigslis

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    I sure don't miss trying to trim them -- the first two screamed like there was a nerve in every hair when I was cutting it.
    Oh, yes, Maya was like that. She was a "Daddy's Girl" and I had to clip her hair when he wasn't home due to her all-out roof raising wails.

    Insofar as an Aby goes, I sometimes trim them in the summer as it seems to cut down on the shedding and keeps them cooler (at least in my imagination). I have a set of regular + small clippers which makes any hair cutting pretty simple.

    Good thing we all have different tastes. Of course, ALL cavies are cute but I have virtually zero affinity for Am. short hairs. I rarely look at one and say "what a cutie". Mine have to have a face that I want to kiss, plus be super smart on top of that. My two new boys fulfill most of the requirements.......they are both so cute that you just want to bite them, and while Sparky is super smart, Chip is probably quite average although he seems to change as he gets older.

    I once said that I would NEVER again have two adolescent boars, and yet here I am. They don't know that they weren't litter mates because I got them when they were just four and six weeks old and they have lived together since then. They don't mount each other, scent mark, or fight much other than a brotherly scuffle now and then. They were both so frightened because they had never been away from Mom and the gang that they were all too willing to bond quickly. It was pretty obvious from the outset that Sparky would be dominant, but Chip holds his own pretty well.

    I'm seriously contemplating getting Sparky neutered because I just can't keep him clean. His gonads are very well developed and he seems to accumulate smegma in the crevices and smells horrible when he sits under my neck. We met with the Vet who has previously performed neuters on my cavies and he seems to think that it would be justified because it is a health issue. I suspect that the dynamics between them may change a bit afterward, but I'm willing to risk that because Chip is of a more passive nature and it just might even the balance of things.

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    Re: A friend for Henry? (question about a long haired breed and buying from Craigslis

    It has been a whirlwind week, getting Henry's home made....And my vet came through!! She knew of some young males around 8 weeks old, and an older one-6 months old...So we made a trip today to meet them....poor little Henry got mauled by the young ones (and checked out to make sure I was right about him being a he)...and it was the older one that was laid back and even did his best to keep they young ones off of Henry. And then we took Henry and the older male and gave them some one on one time, and they just hung out and he groomed Henry...So he is on trial to see if things will continue to go well!

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    Re: A friend for Henry? (question about a long haired breed and buying from Craigslis

    He has been here for only a few days and all is well, he seems like he is so appreciative of having his own space and does really seem to love Henry already.
    He needs a name yet...so sorry for calling him "he" I was afraid to- for fear he wouldn't work out with Henry.

    So-- How long should I give it before I say it IS working out and they are getting along and HE is here to stay?

    I am already going to have to expand the cage...I had originally thought Henry's new friend would be more close in age to Henry and built a 2x3 with a 1x3 loft thinking that would be more than enough room for two very young pigs, with plans of expanding sometime in the future. It is way too small for an 'adult' sized pig and a pup...for now I made a temporary "corral" for them to get out in (3' x 5').

    I will guess with what limited history I know of the big guy...he may not have had salads on a regular basis if at all...he hasn't dove in like Henry does...the vet says she has checked him out and he is healthy...but during this transition should I worry about the Vit.C... they have the hays, and Oxbow-young- alfalfa pellets...along with a salad-but he is only eating on the lettuces.

    Well...here they are...
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    Re: A friend for Henry? (question about a long haired breed and buying from Craigslis

    I couldn't edit the last post...I have him for a 2 week trial...vet had said I should know within a week.

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    Re: A friend for Henry? (question about a long haired breed and buying from Craigslis

    Once the new pig settles in, he'll eat whatever veggies you give Henry because piggies can't just sit there when their buddy has a tasty treat! My two pigs refused to touch veggies for months until I got my 3rd. They watched her munch down some peppers and then wrestled her for the next days' veggies.

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    Re: A friend for Henry? (question about a long haired breed and buying from Craigslis

    Just to update...within a few days after my last post the big guy was trying everything in the salad...and he and Henry are still getting along just fine! (Looks like he is staying...so need a name for the 'big guy' :-)

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    Re: A friend for Henry? (question about a long haired breed and buying from Craigslis

    They both are adorable! I'm glad that worked out. Do you want suggestions for names? Do you have a particular theme you want or just anything in general?

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    Re: A friend for Henry? (question about a long haired breed and buying from Craigslis

    @PeanutnCookie Thank You. I was afraid to get attached if it didn't work out!! I think I was in love with him by day 2--he is the sweetest, most laid back piggie! About a name...I'm kinda leaning towards a 'people' name (Pete...it would be Pete and Henry)--he just looks like that's what he needs...all the others have 'candy names'...Skittles (the hamster), Snickers, Reeses, and Ohh Henry...then Henry's sister--the little girl next door said to call her Starburst(didn't name her either, because we weren't going to keep the babies...well she is here to stay too :-)).

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