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    Does a single boar need a friend?

    We currently have 3 males and 3 females housed together by sex. They all get along fine and have since the beginning. We recently adopted a 2 year old Himalayan boar who has always been housed alone. I have tried to introduce him to my other boars and while they are fine with him, he gets very aggressive almost immediately even in a neutral space (teeth chattering, yawning, lunging). He has never drawn blood (I break up the fight with a towel before it gets too dangerous). It is almost like he doesn't realize he is a guinea and gets very upset when they come near him. Should I try the bath method with one of my males so I can have 2 in each cage? I would get him a baby boar as a friend, but if he won't accept him then I have another lone boar, which I don't want!! Are there boars who just can't get along with others? It seems to stress him out more than anything....
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    Re: Does a single boar need a friend?

    What a handsome boy! If I were in your situation, I would have him neutered and put him in with the girls. They will love having a "boy toy" and yet there won't be any more additions to the family. Also, having him neutered may reduce his aggressiveness.

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    Re: Does a single boar need a friend?

    I have two females so I have no advice. I just wanted to say how beautiful he is!

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    Re: Does a single boar need a friend?

    I'd definitely try a buddy bath before I gave up on him. But it's hard to add a boar to an established group, and you may wind up with their relationships completely realigned, or even with four solo pigs. You could try him with your mellowest boar, in a huge cage, and after a buddy bath. Maybe that will work, maybe not.

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    Re: Does a single boar need a friend?

    He probably would do well with your females, if he were neutered It won't change his 'aggression' though, which really just seems like extreme dominance I think. Fixing won't change any behavior/sexual urges, it will just make it so he can't make babies.

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    Re: Does a single boar need a friend?

    Quote Originally Posted by AmberCalzone View Post
    He probably would do well with your females, if he were neutered It won't change his 'aggression' though, which really just seems like extreme dominance I think. Fixing won't change any behavior/sexual urges, it will just make it so he can't make babies.
    I have one very dominant female and she won't accept anyone new with her (I have tried another single female). My girls have been together since they were little babies. I think even though they are male and female, 2 very dominant piggies would be an issue. DO you think he might accept a baby boar better?

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    Re: Does a single boar need a friend?

    Quote Originally Posted by 7 Awesome Pigs View Post
    I have one very dominant female and she won't accept anyone new with her (I have tried another single female). My girls have been together since they were little babies. I think even though they are male and female, 2 very dominant piggies would be an issue. DO you think he might accept a baby boar better?
    When that younger boar goes into puberty you'll have an even bigger problem.

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    Re: Does a single boar need a friend?

    I think I would just house him by the others so he can chatter and talk to them, but he has his own space to himself.

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    Re: Does a single boar need a friend?

    Heyyy my two boars don't get along but live side by side. They can see each other and touch noses... One is a year older than the other and his cagemate died a few months ago, this remaining boy had always been the dominant one. We rescued a baby boar who also had a deceased cagemate and after quarantine we introduced them over a week... Then housed them together... After the week we noticed a few scratches on each but assumed they'd work it out then when out in the garden run we witnessed a full-on fight with blood and I have no idea how the baby didn't lose his vision. We separated them there and then as both wanted to be top pig. Tried to do a supervised reintroduction but again there was way too much rumbling and we kept them apart ever since. Our older pig sometimes rumbles just from smelling the other on me but it's how they are. Sometimes it might take a while working it out but once blood is drawn there seems to be no going back sadly, believe me, I've hoped it wasn't the case! The baby now ignores the bigger rumblebrother who seems to reassert his authority at every given opportunity!! X

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    Re: Does a single boar need a friend?

    This is a tough situation. Is a shelter close by? If so, you could try boar dating and see if it goes well with an easygoing boar. If he just has extreme dominance issues, I don't think a baby pig would be a very good option.
    I've only owned three guinea pigs in my life, so my opinion isn't expert.
    If nothing works out, I would just keep him by himself, next to the other boars. If one of your females always wants to be top pig, I'm not sure putting him in with the females would be a very good idea. In a piggy pair, there's usually one dominant pig and one submissive pig. And sometimes there's two pigs that don't give a thought about dominance at all. Two dominant pigs doesn't usually work out.

    Lastly, I just want to say that I LOVE him. He is so cute! I've always wanted a Himalayan piggy...

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    Re: Does a single boar need a friend?

    What a gorgeous little dude! Good luck with him - hope you figure something out!

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    Re: Does a single boar need a friend?

    I would just keep him by his self or adopt a fixed laid back old man.

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