The skinny pig is an almost hairless breed of guinea pig. Ours is called “Rio” . He was born in 2012.
Skinnies are born with no hair at all and grow a little tough wiry hair on their head, face and feet as they become adults. The modern skinny pig breed originated with a cross between haired guinea pigs and a hairless lab strain. The breeding protocol for skinnies requires out crossing to haired carriers at least every other generation. This is an important step in the breeding process.
The skinny pigs need to be kept in a warm environment, 24 to 26 degrees centigrade, as without hair they have no natural means of keeping themselves warm. They eat about 3 times as much as a normal guinea pig to generate body heat. The first time you handle one can come as a surprise as skinny pigs are so warm to hold. They aren’t really any hotter, but because there is almost no hair to insulate them you feel their body heat immediately.
They tend to be friendlier than a regular guinea pig and have a good temperament and are very curious!.