Pot Bellied Pigs/behaviour


Hi,I live in Algarve Portugal and have owned my pot belly for the last years and he is very happy and healthy chooses to be either in the house or outside in with the horses stable and chickens etc he is castrated.....recently we have had a young male wild boar coming into my property and joining Dyson(my pig) what is really strange is that Dyson when the young wild boar appears no problem in fact Dyson lies down!!Dyson has not seen another pig since he was a baby 10years ago the young boar makes the huffing noise which Dyson makes when he is coming in to sit near me or sit on the sofa beside me,my question is this boar is going to be huge will it turn on my pot belly?Do rememember this is a wild boar born in the wild and truly wild his parents have probably been shot or caught by the local hunters,but has no family,hopefully we can catch him humanely and remove him!!the very last thing I want is for my Dyson to be hurt or too stressed by this intruder upstart baby pig!!
Any advice would be most welcome.
Thank you.
Best Regards

It can be tricky to predict pig behavior. Pigs see the world as a ladder, with each person, pet and pig on his or her own rung. Young piglets are happy to be at the bottom rungs. They know they are young and vulnerable. Adults and piglets generally get along very well together.

Pigs reach adulthood at age 2 or so. At that point, they have a natural urge to try to get as high up that ladder as possible. They will start fighting their way up the pig ladder. When the group of pigs has been together a long time, these fights will be noisy scuffles with no serious injuries. Remember they are not trying to really hurt each other, they just want to push each other around.

The young boar may be an orphan who has bonded to Dyson. Right now the biggest danger is germs or other contagious illnesses. But, because the two have had close contact, it's too late to do anything about that now, except keep a close eye on Dysons health.

Because the two pigs are already made friends on their own, they will most likely be fine together. When the baby becomes an adult, he will probably become the dominant pig with little fuss due to the size and age differences. He may, in fact, become protective of Dyson.

Wild pigs can be very large or quite small. If the wild pigs in your area are large, the baby will likely be large, too. In that case it's important to harness train him right away. This will allow you to easily control him no matter how big he gets. He may not always be aware of his size and strength.

Good luck capturing this little baby. Once he's neutered, he will be a great pet. WIld pigs are more active and energetic than typical pot-bellied pigs. They are clever and learn quickly. They enjoy doing tricks, but can be nervous and easily startled.

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Helen Morrison


Pot-bellied or other miniature pet pig care, including diet, housing, training, health care. Can provide information about zoning, adoption, supplies, and organizations. Questions about any kind of pet swine are welcome!


Owning, raising, and caring for small pet swine, including "Vietnamese" pot-bellied pigs since 1992.

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