A brief introduction to breeding cavies

Litter of Dalmation cavies

Dalmation sow and babies
Photograph by Violet Fardoe

Stock should be at least six months old before contemplating breeding and it is normally accepted that sows should have their first litter before they become twelve months old. The usual procedure is to run the boar and sow together until the sow shows visible signs of pregnancy. Then, remove the boar to allow the sow to litter alone. The gestation period is 70 days approximately although this can vary with individuals and the size of the litter. Parturition is normally uncomplicated and the babies born are fully formed and little replicas of their parents. Consult with others to learn more.

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