Guinea pig behavior
Do you speak my language?


Did you know there are specific names or words used to describe the various maneuvers, grunts and squeals a guinea pig makes? Most of us just call them grunts squeals and spastic behavior. But there’s an actual vocabulary in connection to the noises and corresponding motions these fun little fur balls display. Read on for a list of guinea pig lingo you probably never knew existed.


This expression refers to the bizarre little hopping dance they sometimes perform when they’re happy. It usually involves running, jumping and quick turns resembling popcorn popping, but it’s pretty entertaining when you see it.


Guinea pigs are very smart & trainable
Guinea pigs are smart & trainable


This is pretty self-explanatory and just about anyone who’s ever owned a guinea pig knows what it means. It’s when they’re scurrying along and then all of a sudden they freeze. You see rabbits and other prey animals do it in the wild, and it’s because they sense possible danger.


“Wheeking” is an expression used to describe the funny squealing and squeaking noises guinea pigs emit during the course of the day. These sounds are often used to get attention or to beg for food/treats. Squealing, however, can also signify fear or pain.


guinea pig behavior
A purring pig is a happy pig


Yes, guinea pigs purr when they’re relaxed, happy and content, just like cats. There are different pitches or tones to be aware of, though. Deep purring is a sure sign of contentment. If it comes off as a high-pitched purr, it can be signifying annoyance or even fear.

Dragging Behind

This is kind of an odd one, but it’s really not that much of a mystery. Dragging behind is when a guinea pig drags its bottom across the ground. It’s not a sign of a hygiene issue or an itch, they’re simply scenting or leaving their mark, much like many animals do. It’s simply a way of saying, “Hey, this is my turf!”


guinea pigs as pets
Guinea pigs are very social creatures

Sleeping Wide Eyed

You’ll seldom see your guinea pig with its eyes shut. That’s because they rarely close them, even when they are asleep. It’s a hardwired survival instinct. If you do happen to see a guinea pig sleeping with its eyes closed, it’s because he or she feels safe enough in their environment to actually let their guard down.

Guinea pigs are smart, trainable and they very much enjoy the company of others. That’s why it’s a good idea to get another, so they don’t get lonely or bored. Remember, a bored guinea pig could turn out to be a destructive guinea pig, and you really don’t want that, do you?