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So, my wife and I were planning on getting a kit (baby red fox), but my wife also wants a miniature pot-bellied pig. I had a pig when I was young, so I know how to care for it, but would it be safe with a fox? From past experience, raising two pets together can eliminate the "predator-prey relationship" (e.g. raising a cat and a dog together). Would this work? Thanks, and let me know if you need more information.

P.S. We also will have a German shepherd.

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This has been known to work, you are right... But you hear of dogs and wolves living in harmony that does not ensure it'll work. I know that's not what you want to hear but I have a few tips that may help if you decide to get them both anyways.

Talk it over with your wife BEFORE you get the kit to make sure that's what she really wants because you will want to get your micro pig FIRST to adapt to your home. Bringing home the pig and bonding with it first will help it feel safe and secure, and much safer than getting them at the same time or bringing the pig home after the kit has claimed your house as it's territory. Animals can sense chemicals produced in the body representing stress and fear, and foxes prey on the weak, plus you don't want your piglet stressed anyways. You want the Fox to be the "bottom of the pack" from the beginning... Keep in mind you may have done a very good job training both pets, but later down the road genetics and instinct can be triggered.

When you bring the kit home you want to have waited until your baby micro pig is at a size that is bigger than the kit (I'm not sure what ages your bringing either home, but size is just as important). If you plan on crate training or litter training them, make sure they each have their own crate and their own litter boxes, separated on two different sides of the house. You want safe space for both animals, space that can be their "own territory". Foxes mark throughout their territory, and if this becomes an issue at least it's more likely to be in a selected and seperated, trained space. If you don't plan on crate training both (although I highly recommend it), you will want to figure a way to separate them when you're not home to keep them safe. Crating is the best option but i suppose you could install a screen door somewhere in your home.

Hope this helps! Good luck either way, foxes and pigs can be difficult to raise if you aren't home much, they both will need ALOT of at attention and one-on-one time. This is especially important for ensuring they behave together and get along, they both must trust you and your wife enough, and look up to you as their leader to mind you.

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  • I assume that I will have to get the German Shepherd before the pig, but would it be before or after the fox? Jun 4, 2017 at 12:38
  • @DieterSchmidtJohann Oh, thank you! I my best to post answers open to others people wants and needs, but while also being a voice for the pets. I thought your dog was already in the home. Do you not have the German Shepherd yet?
    – Christy B.
    Jun 4, 2017 at 16:43
  • No, but we have one picked out. Jun 5, 2017 at 1:21
  • @DieterSchmidtJohann Congrats! A new pup how exciting! Wowzers, sounds like ALOT to take on. Not sure how difficult this is for you (a number of circumstances including budget, pig breeders, age and availability, and home environment) but I'd say if you can, try n get the puppy and the baby pig as close together as possible,both before the fox. Good luck!
    – Christy B.
    Jun 5, 2017 at 2:02
  • Thanks, Christy, for your support! (I used to always visit a farm that belonged to my cousins that lived just outside of the city that I grew up in (Munich, Germany). Now that I've come to the US, I miss taking care of all of the animals while Opa (that's what everyone called the owner of the farm) was out going to the market, so I'm trying to sort of recreate that.) :) Jun 5, 2017 at 14:40

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