Pigs are such emotional creatures and much like people, develop relationships with other animals besides pigs. Ideally, a pig will have another piggy friend, but in some cases, this isn't possible and/or something the owners are interested in. So, what is the next best thing? Another animal friend, of course!
It has been noted time and time again that dogs and pigs are NOT great companions. Why you ask? Pigs are prey animals and dogs are predators by nature, so while it may appear as if the two are playing, often times it starts as play and gets rough, and a dog will win the battle in the end. It is NEVER a good idea to leave dogs and pigs unsupervised. Click here to see our page dedicated to pigs and dogs and why it is a dangerous combination. Does this mean we are telling you that every dog is dangerous? No, thats not what we said or trying to imply. What we ARE saying is that keeping a pig and dog(s) together is putting your pig at risk. Look at the link, read the information, see the pictures for yourself. We have seen it week after week, month after month, same thing over and over again. DO NOT risk your pigs life, it's not worth it!
Some animals do well while others are not big fans of another pet in general. How do you know which animals will do well with a pig? You don't. Animals that aren't considered predators are usually pretty safe to introduce to your pig. However, leaving them unsupervised still isn't a good idea until you determine how well they'll actually do together. You likely didn't find your best friend in 10 minutes; as soon as you met, don't expect your pig to either. Relationships of any kind take some time to develop, so give your pig time to become acclimated to a new buddy. We definitely don't want or suggesting that anyone to run out and get a second animal you're not prepared for, we just wanted to show you some unusual pig friendships. Here are some piggy BFF's that we found.
Sometimes it is a human friend like in this family.
We have found that typically cats do well with pigs.
Surprisingly enough, some have decided to add more than one "exotic" pet to their family!
That's right, it IS a pig and her skunk friend!!!!! (I have personally never even seen a skunk up close, so I am SUPER jealous of this...lol)
What about those animals that don't historically do so well with pigs, like horses?
And an inspirational story that was shared in our group, we love potbelly pigs...the story of Batman the pig who acts as a seeing eye pig for this blind Shetland pony, Queenie. It honestly doesn't get more precious than this! And this is a long lasting partnership that has been ongoing for some time now.
How about our avian friends? Do pigs do well with birds?
Pigs have been picking up "chicks" for quite some time. Just be careful about leaving the chicken feed where your pig cant get to it, chicken feed has too much sodium for pigs and can really cause some damage to the nervous system if they get into it.
You want more? No problem! Did you want to know about turtles?
Other barnyard creatures? Absolutely! Pigs are so social, they can get along with practically anyone else in the barnyard!
What about bunny rabbits? How do they tolerate each other?
Perhaps your pig feels like he has a monkey on his back....or maybe he DOES have a monkey on his back. Not typically a pet we see bonding with our mini pigs, but it could happen.
Sometimes that special friend is exactly what we needed. The perfect soul to match our pigs soul. The absolute, without a doubt, perfect companion for our pig.
As you can see, pigs CAN get along with other domesticated animals as well as other animals you wouldn't normally consider to be a friend of the pig. Just remember your pig has limited defenses, so be cautious when placing your pig in the same area as an animal who could harm your pig. They may get along beautifully, or they may not. These are all cute, sweet moments. Just because these animals got along ok doesn't mean that a pet YOU bring home would do the same. Each pig is different and each animal will react differently to each other, but it can lead to a great friendship!
Our names are Brittany Sawyer and Nicole Cox and we are pig parents, pig advocates and also the authors of the "Dear Pig Whisperer" blog. Follow our blog that will feature topics to help you become the best pig parent you can be...along with some other fun things. We will also feature guest bloggers from time to time who want to share their life experience or knowledge with anyone who is interested in learning.
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