Dogs and guinea pigs are some of the most popular pets in the world. They are beloved of many homeowners and indeed many keep both types of pets in their homes.
So the question we are asking is ‘can guinea pigs and dogs live together?’
There are many breeds of dogs in the world today, some large such as Golden Retrievers, German Shepherd’s, or Rottweilers. Some medium sized such as Bulldog’s, Boxer’s, or Bull Terrier’s, to small dogs such as American Cocker Spaniels, Beagles, or even the Cockapoo.
They have differing types of character and temperament and depend on what type of breed they are and how they have been bred.
Many piggie owners have professed to having their dog and guinea pigs live together without any kind of problem at all. That they get along just fine and will even play together.
The following video is a good example.
Keeping Guinea pigs and dogs in the same home.
Indeed, there are piggie owners who have kept dogs such as shelties who have them together in the same home, and if they are bred for their temperament and not purchased from a pet store then they will have very little prey drive.
However, these are isolated cases.
On the whole, dogs are predator animals and guinea pigs are prey animals. They do not get along with guinea pigs unless they are trained to get along. Even then, there is no guarantee that the dog will not harm the guinea pig at all.
Of course it is totally the owner’s discretion as to whether they let the guinea pig and dog share the same space, but it isn’t recommended.
Each dog will have different prey drives, and even within the same breed there will be variety.
What we recommend
It is recommended that a dog is kept totally separate from the guinea pigs in different areas of the home so that there is no risk that the guinea pigs will be attacked.
The presence of a dog may stress and frighten the piggies so keep them separate during any kind of floor time.
If you are unsure whether your dog has been bred to live with other animals, never leave the two animals together unattended even if the piggies are in a cage. Some breeds of dog are very intelligent and find out ways of getting into a cage. If you have designs on the two living together in the same space it would be worth seeking out obedience training for them so that they can recognise the guinea pigs as pack members rather than prey.
However, do take care and be cautious if this is your intention and keep the guinea pig’s welfare at the forefront of your consideration.
We would love to hear your experience of keeping guinea pigs and dogs together. Feel free to share in the comments below.
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