Dogs may be man’s best friend, but not always the most practical pet, and let’s face it, the parents of the house are always the ones who end up being responsible for the care of our said ‘best friend’. However, we wouldn’t want to deprive our children of the joy and sense of responsibility owning a pet can bring. But don’t be fooled by the name, they aren’t pigs and nor do they come from Guinea. In fact, they’re a part of the rodent family and originated in the Andes. You can find An unlikely friend in the form of a Guinea pig. Their easy upkeep and chilled out disposition make them a perfect first pet. However, Guinea pigs are social creatures and enjoy company. The best Guinea Pig pet combinations are two or more same-sex groups, neutering them also helps lower conflict and aggression levels. Another great Guinea Pig pet combinations are Guinea Pigs and Rabbits. These two species cohabitate with ease and offer each other a lovely sense of companionship. Again, it is important to neuter your pets, especially if you have a male rabbit paired with your Guinea Pig, be it male or female, as male rabbits have a tendency to try and mate with their smaller counterpart. Caring for your new friend is simple; Fresh straw to pad their little home, fresh water and a variety of food, such as, Guinea Pig pellets, as well as an array of colourful vegetables. Don’t forget to give your little friend lots of cuddles and attention, if you bond well enough, there is even potential to teach your Guinea Pig basic tricks.