Boars are absolutely adorable, can be feisty or calm temperament and need a little extra maintenance.
They need a little extra help with cleaning themselves, because as we all know, boys can get messy!
It is a common misconception that boars cannot live together, they just need the right balance of personalities.
The best bonding is either 2 young males that can grow together or an older male and a younger one, and have one that is dominant and the other docile. If you try and put 2 dominant males together, they will both try and be in charge, causing a
lot of rumble strutting, teeth chattering, and nipping each other. This can get out of hand, so you need to watch them carefully so no one gets hurt.
A neutered male can go in with females and have a happy social group:) they can go with a lot of females if you like, but remember, only 1 male in with females,never try and introduce another as they will fight. In the wild large social groups live together happily, as they have loads of room to get away form each other if the need to!
There are 4 cleaning activities that you need to help your male guinea pig with:
Grease gland, Anal sac, Penis, addressing potential compaction.
GREASE GLAND: All male and female guinea pigs have this gland, some are more active than others
and boars usually get more grease build up than sows.as they scent more.
Cleaning the gland:
Trace a finger down the spine to feel a tacky spot, this is the gland.
-If the boar has long hair, trim round the gland to get to it easier.
- Use either swarfega or coconut oil to rub into the gland to start breaking the grease down.
- Then apply shampoo suitable for guinea pigs and rub in, leave for a few mins.
- Thoroughly rinse the area and make sure all lather is removed.
- Dry gently your piggies bottom.
- Give him a treat!
The perenial sac in the anus is where debris and bacteria is collected, so this needs regular cleaning, every 2-3 months.
Using a Q tip or cotton bud,dip it in some mineral oil and pull back the folds GENTLY and clean out any debris that has built up.Impaction can occur if the anus is blocked with debris,like hay or poop and this needs deeper cleaning, really by an experienced vet. and is very uncomfortable for the guinea pig.
The penis needs examining and cleaning as smegma can build up. To extend the penis, gently push either side and wash with lukewarm water to remove any mess.
The photo to the right is impaction and the other one is penis cleaning.
A boar is best sexed at 2-3 weeks of age. It needs to be done early otherwise they can impregnate their siblings!
Look for a smaller Y with a nub at the top and a shorter space between the penis and anus.
Boars are loads of fun and have great personalities:)
Remember to check them over regularly and clean as necessary.
When bonding, have patience and remember, 3-4 months of age is their adolescence time and things will calm down after then.
Have fun with them and enjoy their company!