|Difficulty||Challenging enough not to be called easy; familiarize yourself with guinea pigs before owning one|
Abyssinians are one of the oldest breeds, and because of that, it is challenging to give a date to their discovery. It is assumed that they first appeared in Europe somewhere between 1200 and 1550 AD, when guinea pigs first started to be breed with the purpose of selling exotic pets.
By their name, it is reasonable to assume that Abyssinians came from the geographic region Abyssinia, but this is strangely not true. Like the date of their origin, it is hard to figure out where exactly their name came from. But one theory has it that since when guinea pigs were first bred as exotic pets, exotic sounding names helped boost sales, so Abyssinians were given their exotic sounding name.
Not all Abyssinians are alike, but it is generally said that of all breeds, the Abyssinian is slightly more mischievous. Their curious, energetic, and playful personalities can lead these guinea pigs into trouble more often than they should.