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Hello Sam! I have a silly question about my peruvian guinea pig's body shape. She has a very odd shape to her and I was wondering if it is normal or not. I would categorize her as a "pear shape" where she goes out at the hips, she has two round mass-type like shapes before each of her back feet. I'm not sure if this is something to be alarmed about since she has always had this shape or if this is just the breed?

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females tend to have a slight pear shape, this is heightened when pregnant,which depending when you got her is a possibility.

aside from that the long fur of your breed could create that look as i know sometimes their back end fur grows thicker and bushier.

so my answer is, if she has babies then its not her normal shape, if she doesnt then its her natural shape and dont worry, if it does bother you then i wild get a pair of scissors and cut the hair back  

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I can answer most questions on breeding rearing and housing, though I would like to stress now that unless someone is wishing to keep all the offspring produced I do not support breeding. I have reasonable experience with illnesses and can offer a few remedies. I have a high level of knowledge on handling, social habits, herding and dietry requirements, as well as being able to deliver a crash course in their natural habitat if people wish to know.

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I have owned guinea pigs for several years and was formerly a fosterer for a rescue home and as such have experience with common illnesses, pairing, constructing and managing housing and of course handling (also having just moved I am going to resume a rescue role shortly) and have in the past bred them.

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I am a member of the Cavy Club website.

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I do not possess any credentials in this area other than charitable work, but I have worked with what must be hundreds of guinea pigs in the past and as such have learned a lot about the little blighters!

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