NO Cuys are awesome - I have only 2 guinea pig myself personally and both are giant Cuy boars. We are trying to embarrass the pet stores so those companies will stop buying them from their suppliers. They do not do well as pets. they are so so scared. Because of this those pet store bought Cuys are dumped in record numbers. The shelters here in South California are full and 1/4 of all guinea pigs at our shelter are Cuys. We are doing all this for the Cuys!