guinea pig hutches

Guinea Pig Hutches

Find a great range of guinea pig hutches and everything else your guinea pig needs for a happy and healthy life.  Search for healthy guinea pig food, toys, runs and more.  Guinea pigs like space to run and cages that are a good size.  All these products contain reviews so you see how purchasers rate them and be able to choose the best guinea pig hutch for your situation.  If you are buying a cage as an indoor home for your guinea pig then consider also purchasing a run that can be used in the garden to provide your guinea pig with much more space to run around, play and hide.

We've separately listed double decker hutches and single tier hutches so it's quicker and easier to find the ideal home for your guinea pigs.  There's also a nice selection of guinea pig runs.

Wooden Dwarf Rabbit or Guinea Pig Easipet Hutch Wood House single stor...

£75.00 £34.99

Wooden 4ft Rabbit /GuineaPig Easipet Hutch single storey (508) from Ea...

£95.00 £46.98

Home Discount Wooden Pet Rabbit Hutch Triangle, Bunny Guinea Pig Cage ...

only £34.95

Home Discount Wooden Pet Rabbit 2 Tier Hutch, Double Bunny Guinea Pig ...

only £74.95

Fort William 5' Log lap Rabbit / Guinea Pig Hutch 5' x 2' x 2' + legs ...

only £109.99

External XL 6ft Chartwell Rabbit Hutch Home by Hutch Company

only £129.99

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 Why are Guinea Pigs called 'Guinea Pigs'?

  • Despite their name, guinea pigs are not pigs and don't come from Guinea!  They are in fact rodents and originated from the Andes in South America. 
  • Where does ‘Guinea’ come from?  No one knows for certain but a possible explanation is that they were transported into Europe via Guinea, leading people to believe they originated from that country.  It is a myth that they were so named because they were sold for a guinea; guinea coins only came into circulation in 1663 and the term ‘ginny pig’ had already been used by then.
  • Where did ‘Pig’ come from?  Again, no one is sure.  Guinea pigs do make certain ‘pig’-like sounds and certainly could be considered to ‘eat like a pig’.  Their name could be derived from their lack of tail and rounded behinds, giving them ‘pig-like’ features.
  • Their alternative name is cavy (or ‘domestic’ cavy).

Guinea Pig facts

  • A female Guinea pig is known as a ‘sow’ and a male guinea pig is called a ‘boar’.  Baby guinea pigs are referred to as ‘pups’.  They are sociable animals and happier in groups of two or more.  (In Switzerland, it is illegal to own just one guinea pig).  However, Guinea pigs do not tend to thrive with other species such as gerbils or hamsters.  Boars tend to be grouped with other sows rather than with other boars.   
  • Since earliest records, guinea pigs were bred for food in the Andes and are still eaten in that region today.
  • In the 16th Century, guinea pigs were introduced into Europe as pets by traders from England, Holland and Spain.
  • Less happily, from the 17th Century onwards, they have been a popular choice for animal testing.  This is where the term ‘guinea pig’ originates when describing someone who has been subjected to some new test or procedure. 
  • Breeding has resulted in a great variety of both length and colour of coats.  The most common breed is the ‘American’ guinea pig with its glossy, short coat.  Other breeds include the ‘White Crested’ guinea pig and ‘Satin’ guinea pig.
  • There are many guinea pig clubs which are usually referred to as ‘cavy clubs’ or ‘cavy associations’.  In the UK, specialist breed clubs are represented by the British Cavy Council.
  • Don’t be alarmed if your new guinea pig is messy – it is their nature!  Your guinea pig’s first response to a nice freshly cleaned cage is to mark out its territory by urinating in the cage and smearing the urine with its body.
  • Their lifespan is not very long: on average 4 – 5 years (8 years maximum).