Guinea pig breeds: Skinny

Guinea pig breeds: Skinny

Origin

Rare breed appearance due to spontaneous mutation. The Skinny mutation was obtained from several laboratories in Canada.
The Charles River laboratory in Canada introduced the Skinny in 1982. They were a spontaneous natural mutation discovered in a colony in 1978. Charles Rivers acquired them in 1982 and then were later sold to various guinea pig breeders. The Skinny was born as a natural spontaneous mutation and then they were hybridized with ordinary guinea pigs to improve the breed. Charles River Lab (CRL) used white skinny guinea pigs with red eyes (REW). Over time, crosses with ordinary guinea pigs have given many different models and colors as well as giving them strength.
I am not a weak and sickly race as some superficial or pseudo-breeders are led to believe; Those who have had weak and sickly Skinny probably have not purchased or as we are led to say in a hypocritical "adopted" way today a subject deriving from a strong and healthy line, perhaps with a pedigree invented of a healthy plant and not certified by an association or federation recognized by a supranational body e.g. Entente Européenne. They may also have been the object and result of systematic inbreeding carried out by those who are behind the apparent hobby family breeding hiding an intensive production aimed exclusively at the sale of individuals for profit.
There has been a proliferation of myths around the Skinny in the past and the myths are always going to die, and they are the best way to hide one's incompetence !!!
They are guinea pigs as healthy and robust as the others with fur, and equipped with a normal immune system, when properly bred and cared for. (Alessandro M. Segnini Bocchia di San Lorenzo)

General aspect

The body appears completely naked, if it were not for some short hairs on the muzzle and on the head.
The skin is pink or more easily spotted in slate gray.
Pigmented eyes.

Skinny guinea pig (photo www.hoobly.com)

Skinny guinea pig (photo www.hoobly.com)


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