The most common breed of guinea pig, the American cavy epitomises the reason that guinea pigs make such an excellent choice of pet for children. They have excellent temperaments, are easy to take care of and are robust in their health. They have a smooth, sleek coat and are medium in size.
Naturally passive, they get on well with other guinea pigs and enjoy being handled even by younger children. Though it is rare to get a shy American cavy, they usually respond well to being handled regularly and quickly become very attached and affectionate to their owners.
As they are short-haired you do not need to groom them extensively just a weekly soft brush to help keep their coats free of dust and debris will be sufficient.
Americans come in a range of colour variations with different markings from brindle and agouti to roan and solid.