Will a miniature pig get along with my Rover?
The second biggest question we get at Nene's Little Piglets is "how well do your micro miniature pigs get along with dogs"? So far our little piglets have gotten along with all different types of animals. But (you knew there was going to be a but in there somewhere) always understand that might not be the case every time. I am always being told "My Rover has been in the family for over ten years and wouldn't hurt a fly, heck my nephew Joey is only two and pulls his ears and tail all the time." That person is right to some extent. Understand Rover is a "pack" animal, meaning dogs are programmed to be in a pack. This applies to all breed of dogs from a Chihuahua to a Pit Bull.
Most owners of a dog will be the Alpha or the pack leader. This means you control the pack and the pecking order of the pack; you are also entrusted with maintaining order in your pack. Now you turn your head away from the monitor screen and yell "Honey these people that are selling these little pigs are crazy, they are talking about dogs or something." Let's explore the Pack theory relating to pigs and dogs a little further. Say you have a family of five, a father, mother, 10 year old son, 6 year old daughter and a two year old son. Rover is a lot smarter than you think. He sees when Daddy comes home from work everyone goes to greet him. Mommy gives him a kiss; the kids are grabbing his legs as he picks them up and gives them each a kiss. Rover even comes over wagging his tail waiting for acknowledgement. Through the years Rover sees that Dad is the leader of the pack or the Alpha male. He also notices that Mommy (alpha female) is constantly giving direction to the kids. Rover even knows that the kids are ahead of him in this "pack. Heck he is so comfortable with his position in this pack that he even allows the two year old to jump all over him and pull his tail.
That is where the pack ends, he is last in line and doesn't mind because he is fed well and taken cared of. For most dog's life is good and if you bring in other animals they might be interested for a few days then pay no attention. Understand dogs are "predator" animals, this means they instinctively seek animals or things in motion. They enjoy seeking out and hunting, this is usually fulfilled with all their toys that they bite, chew and throw around. Their eyes, like humans, are positioned in front for better vision during hunting. Pigs are unfortunately animals of prey; their head is always positioned down to the ground constantly rooting for any piece of food they can find. Their eyes are positioned more side to side for better grazing capabilities. Now when you introduce your little, adorable piggy (prey animal) to your sweet Rover (predator animal) always be careful that instinct doesn't kick in. We recommend blocking your little piggy in a bathroom with a baby gate for 2-3 days. This way he or she will get use to all the smells and sounds of its new home. This time also helps to re-orient the piggy back to a potty box after a stressful flight. We pick the bathroom because most of the time it is a tiled room, just in case there is a little accident. During this time sit on the floor and let the piggy come to you. The first 2-3 days please avoid having 20 people over for dinner to show them your awesome little pig. Please also avoid handing your pig around to that same 20 people. We want the introduction to be slow and calm, not stressful and crazy. After 2-3 days in a controlled atmosphere then bring piggy out in its little carrying case for Rover to get use to his/her smell, sounds and movements. After several days and you are sure they both seem to get along you can then let them meet each other with you being around just in case. I personally would not leave a dog and pig together by themselves. The dog in your absence will take on the Alpha position and possibly begin to try and "boss" the pig around. So please always be careful when introducing a dog with your new micro miniature pig. A few days of introduction is nothing compared to a lifetime of fun, love and happiness that little rascal will bring you.