The Abyssinian Guinea Pig is one of the oldest breeds of Guinea Pig, and their specific origins have been lost to history. This breed of guinea pig is easily identified by their unique coats because of the rosettes scattered throughout their body. These rosettes are formed from hair growing from the same central location, and growing out to form a funnel in their hair. These rosettes are found on their sides and back. These guinea pigs come in a wide variety of colors, and are generally 8 to 12 inches long.
Abyssinian Guinea Pigs are a very social breed, which means they not only need to spend time with their owners, but should be kept in a group. They are also quite active, and need time and space to get out of their cages to stretch their legs and participate in some of their natural behaviors, such as foraging and chewing. Given their active and social nature, they make great family pets and are one of the most popular guinea pig breeds available.