I will try to verbally describe the Peruvian pig and talk about some of the nuances.
A purebred Peruvian (ideally) has only two rosettes on the rump.
The rosette hair grows from one point without lengthening the center. One rosette should not creep over another and change the direction of the coat. Symmetrically located rosettes direct the hair to the back of the pig and it grows towards the head, overlapping the bangs. The little Peruvian has no rosettes on his head.
The bangs are long, closes the eyes and muzzle, creates a “curtain” effect. On the muzzle, around the nose, a kind of triangle of wool is formed, behind which tanks grow.
The pots should be thick, long, without bald spots and connected with the hair of the pig’s body.
The hair on the legs and on the belly is short, which makes grooming easier and does not interfere with the movements of the pig. In a purebred Peruvian pig, the hair on the fingers should grow towards the body, and not towards the claw.
A properly combed Peruvian pig looks like a wig. The pig’s coat is heavy, silky to the touch, but not harsh. In babies and adolescents, the coat is thinner and softer, and therefore requires additional attention.
It is enough to examine an adult Peruvian once a week, comb if necessary (as well as cut claws, clean ears, sebaceous glands, examine teeth, eyes, etc. – this applies to any breed). Provided that you keep the cage clean, there is no need to wash the Peruvian often (you can limit yourself to washing once every 1-2 months). After washing, be sure to dry the pig with a hairdryer! If you do not set yourself the goal of growing very long hair, the pig should be trimmed periodically. This will give you a thicker, healthier looking coat of the same length.
Caring for show pigs is more laborious, and we will tell you about this in the next article.
Good luck to everyone in caring for your pets!