Buying or Adopting Guinea Pigs

Guinea Pigs make great pets and are perfect for young families especially where backyard space and budget restraints make owning larger pets too expensive.

Many breeders, pet shops and vets offer Guinea Pigs for sale but it will help you make the best decision if you have some knowledge about what to look for in a Guinea Pig and how to take care of their needs.

Guinea Pigs (Cavia porcellus, also known as cavy) are not actually related to pigs but are a species of rodent originating in the Andes of South America.

First imported to Europe in the 16th century, they have since become incredibly popular around the world as pets thanks to their gentle friendly nature and the ease of looking after them.

Where Can I Adopt Guinea Pigs?

Adopting Guinea Pigs is a great way to purchase your new pets. Many homeless Guinea Pigs are euthanized each year and you can help reduce this senseless suffering by adopting one.

Adoption offers many advantages including:

  • Vet health checks
  • Up to date vaccinations
  • Correct pairing and sexing
  • Neutering completed

Adoption agencies (such as Australia’s Cavy Sanctuary) even offer many pure breed and show Guinea Pigs so it’s an ideal way to find the right animal for your home.


Buying Guinea Pigs from a Breeder

Buying from established (registered) breeders ensures you get healthy animals that have been carefully selected to bond well together.

Some of the exotic breeds carry known genetic mutations that can cause serious issues. Established breeders are aware of these problems and will be careful to avoid them.

Where to Buy

Guinea Pig Breeders in New South Wales

NSW breeders offer a wide variety of show and pure bred Guinea pigs including:

  • Agoutis
  • Himalayan
  • Abyssinian Rex
  • American Crested
  • Texel
  • Roan
  • Malibu Cavy Stud
    Northern Beaches, Sydney
    Types: Black Roams, Self & Crested Buff
  • Sathra Cavy Stud
    Narellan, Sydney
    Types: Chocolate & Black Himalayan, Abyssinian Rex, Self DE Golden & American Crested
    Contact: 0416 147 849
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  • Rising Star Cavy Stud
    Types: Purebred Rex & Sheba Mini Yak
  • Montane Cavy Stud
    Types: Self and Crested black and Rex
  • Moonshine Cavy Stud
    Types: Alpacas, Merinos, Texels and Pe Whites in self, satin and crested

It’s important to spend time talking to breeders about their animals and to make sure that the personality and behaviours of their breed will match your home environment before making any purchasing decisions.

Guinea Pig Breeders in Queensland

Queensland breeders have on offer a number of special Guinea Pig varieties including:

  • Abyssinian
  • Sheba mini yak
  • White Crested
  • Rex
  • Texal
  • Agouti
  • Short haired Guinea Pigs

Many breeders will deliver Guinea Pigs across regions or even interstate but you may want to visit the breeder in person to make sure this is the right Guinea Pig for your home.

  • Walters Cavy Stud
    Types: Satin Self PEW, Satin Crested PEW, Self PEW, Self Black, Crested PEW, Crested Black, Sheltie, Coronet, Texel & Merino
    Contact: 07 3208 161
  • Sirocco Cavy Stud
    Types: Various breeds
  • Ohana Cavy Stud
    Types: Shelties and Texels
  • Parkland Cavy Stud
    Maryborough & Brisbane
    Types: Rex & satin gold agoutis
    Contact: /

Guinea Pig Breeders in Victoria

Melbourne is home to Australia’s Cavy Sanctuary, the largest Guinea Pig adoption agency in the country, they also have a branch in Sydney.

Guinea Pig breeders in Victoria offer a wide range of beautiful Guinea Pig show breeds.

  • Karkalla Stud
    Lower Plenty
    Types: Buff, Buff Roan, Self, Crested & Satin DE Whites & Rex
  • Xcalibar Cavy Stud
    Types: Self and Crested Black, Self and Crested Golden, Golden Roans and Red Dutch
  • Aussie Magic Cavy Stud
    Mornington Peninsula
    Types: Rex, Alpaca and American Crested PE Golden
    Contact: 0447 720 307 or

Also check out the Cavy Council of Victoria, a club for Cavy lovers. The RSPCA is always a great source of information and will help you locate an adoption agency or breeder near you.

If you’re looking for Guinea Pigs for sale then Coops and Cages is a great place to start.

We have all the Guinea Pig care essentials and can offer helpful advice on where to buy Guinea Pigs and what to look for.

Guinea Pig Breeders in Western Australia

  • Brenmyre Cavy Stud
    Types: Self Black, English Crested Black, Self Slate & Gold/Slate Agouti
  • Pigs on Snook
    Contact: LeeAnne Thwaite via Facebook

Guinea Pig Breeders in Tasmania

  • ABCD Cavy Stud
    Types: American Crested, PE White, Golden, Lemon Agouti & Lilac
    Contact: Latassa Family

How Much to Buy a Guinea Pig?

Guinea Pigs typically cost between $10 to $40 to buy. Some exotic show breeds will cost a little more.

You may get a Guinea Pig from an adoption agency for free but they may need to charge something to help cover any medical and vet fees they’ve incurred.

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Guinea Pigs need regular grooming to remove twigs and dirt and to keep their coats in good condition.

This is especially important for long-haired varieties.

Fortunately, Guinea Pigs enjoy being handled if they have become used to it from a young age and will almost never bite.

Brush hair in the direction it’s growing using a soft bristled brush.

If there are densely tangled patches of hair then it may be better to use a pair of scissors to trim off the matted patch.

Guinea Pigs may be nervous the first time you try to groom them so hold them gently but firmly to reassure them and prevent harm.

Wrapping the Guinea Pig in a towel is a very effective way to hold your pet safely.

The area around the bottom will also need attention from time to time to remove any matted or dirty hair.

Nails will also need to be trimmed from time to time. It’s best to let a professional do this or to show you how to do it yourself.

Guinea Pigs are Social Animals

Guinea pigs are social animals. This means you really need to have two or more so they can communicate and socialise with each other.

Guinea Pigs display a wide range of behaviours and noises to indicate mood and strengthen social bonds.

It’s important to learn about these displays so that you can better understand what your Guinea Pig is telling you.

Here is a good article on common Guinea Pig sounds.

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Guinea Pigs – Sex, Size, Short or Long Hair

Guinea pigs can live as long as 7 years so it’s important to choose the right variety to avoid problems later on.

Either sex Guinea pigs make equally great pets but avoid mixing males and females unless you’re planning on breeding them.

If you keep more than one male Guinea Pig ensure they have adequate space (at least 2.5 m2) so they can work out any dominance issues.

Keep male and female Guinea pigs separately and out of sight from each other.

Guinea pigs come in a wide range of short-haired, long-haired and even hairless varieties. Colourations also vary with each breed.

Which will suit you best comes down to personal preference. If you choose a variety of sized Guinea Pigs be aware that the larger varieties will tend to assert dominance over the smaller.

Buying Guinea Pigs as babies allows them to become familiar with other pets in your home and to develop healthy social bonds.

It’s often better to introduce different pet species to each other at a young age to smooth out territorial and hierarchical positions with the fewest problems.


Guinea Pigs are herbivores that like a variety of plant materials to stay healthy.

Providing a diet high in protein and low in fat is critical for good health.

Hay, fresh leafy green vegetables (especially with a high vitamin C content) and fruit provides the essential basic dietary needs.

Avoid regular feeding with foods with a high starch content such as potatoes and oats.

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