My name is Eduardo and I am writing from Spain. (Sorry for my bad English)
I am here because a friend of mine had a degu litter two weeks ago. She has had two litters more from the same couple but this time it has been different. She had two surprises. Please look at them:
I breed skinny pigs since 2006 and these babies seem to have the same gene. They have a little hair in their faces but the rest of the body is naked. They are 2 weeks old now and they keep the same aspect. I have been looking in goggle about other "skinny degus" but I didn't find anything... they seem to be the firsts ever
Do you know about any other cases of hairless degu?
Sorry, I just don't understand why skinny pigs and rats can be lovely and the idea of a skinny degu is a sad thing... :-(
Skinny pigs, hairless rats and mice or sphinx cats would not exist if one day someone wouldn't have decided to breed these mutations.
I am not sure if their hair is going to grow up or if they are going to stay like they are now. I am just looking for some info. If we think about the first two litters... it has no sense that now they have had 2 hairless girls in the thirth one... It is so rare, isn't it? That's because I am asking for some advice. We just don't know if it is a mutation or if it can be a health problem (they look healthy though)
i cant offer any advice, about them being hairless, and i;m not saying they won't be lovely because, they are goo;s so they will be lol, i just feel sorry for all hairless animals, in the wild, there would be a few, as you have said, they have been born to hairy goo's, but once someone knows of hairless animals, they want to do it again.
As you have said they look healthy, so fingers crossed they are all fine xxx
My guess is that this is a normal feature and they're just taking their time to grow hair. Degus are born with hair and these two are no exception, just it's very short hair. They grow hair over time and by the time they're 6 weeks old they'll probably be normal degus with their hair like any other degu.
I can't remember offhand when my degu babies were growing hair but they weren't hairy for the first week or so at least and they had to be kept warm to regulate their body temperature (one of the main functions of their hair) until this happened. If these two really are hairless for life, it IS a sad thing because they are going to have to be looked after a lot more carefully to ensure they don't get colds or die of heat loss.
Welcome to the zoo: Gizmo (+Gerry), Loki, Theresa & Damien, my originals. Add to that Mrs Whitenose, Peanut (the 2nd) and Pauline (4-year-old girls and a baby) & Dante (+Chuck) PLUS 2 bundles from Theresa and a surprise from Glen(da) & I'm turning into Cruella de Vil. It's a case of too many degus in the world and not enough cages in my place. RIP Elsevier and Peanut!
Quite some time back there was a member on here whose goos gave birth to partially haired pups. Shortly after birth, a number of them lost all their hair and remained hairless for up to four weeks, when the hair began to regrow. By the time they were eight weeks of age, they were fully furred again. She (forum member) did have to be very careful to keep them warm as they chilled very easily, and she was also very careful to ensure that their nutrition was as complete and superior as she could make it. Now . . . the mother of these pups came to the forum member already pregnant and there was concern over the conditions the mother was exposed to prior to being rehomed with the forum member. If I remember correctly, she (mother degu) came from a home with lots of other degus and I don't think it was known who fathered the pups . . . likely a sibling or even her own father.
Just out of curiousity, how frequent have her litters been? I'm wondering, if they have been born close together, over a short span of time, perhaps the mother's body is getting over taxed and stressed, and therefore was unable to pass on nutrition etc to the pups as completely as she would in a fully rested state?
OP, the problem with hairless animals, why they would make someone sad, is that they are not normally as healthy as haired ones. They are genetically weaker, and need more care. My hairless hamster has a high metabolism and needs high protein to stay healthy. Some species of hairless animals are not able to nurse their young. I personally really like hairless animals, but I know it is really not good for them to be hairless in most cases.
Louie the dog,
Joe the degu,
Rio the degu,
Bumble the guinea pig,
Rolo the guinea pig,
Daisy the guinea pig,
Honey the guinea pig,
Tilly the guinea pig,
Eris the guinea pig
Titch the russian dwarf,
Consuela the russian dwarf.
I have too many animals, and also looking for more!
RIP Olly, my beautiful boy