Melvin is about a year and a half old and has a head tilt (adopted with it so I don't know the circumstances). He's very active, curious, friendly, and it doesn't seem to bother him. I usually forget he has one because visually it's pretty minimal.
One quirk he has is that every time I interact with him, he gets very rumbly and will often try to mount my hand and/or nibble on it. Then he'll run around and popcorn, sometimes even tipping himself over. This stops when I go away.
The vet says that he does this dominance behavior because of the head tilt - he doesn't want to feel "bullied" so he goes on the offensive.
I wasn't able to pair him with another boar when I tried, but that could have been a basic personality conflict, I know.
So my question is, are pigs with head tilts potentially harder to pair? Anyone have success stories or tips? Do you think the vet is wrong in her analysis of his constant dominance behaviors? He literally rumblestruts every time I interact with him.
P.S. He's also an Aby, so there's some built in attitude there!
- Supporter in 2019
Anyway, he does rumblestrut any time I pet him while he's in his cage, or even when I'm just cleaning his cage. He popcorns and seems to think it's all great fun, so I've never quite figured out the rumblestrut thing.
As far as pairing your guy with another male...I wonder if he'd do better with another 'special needs' guinea pig?
Not sure if boards have more of an issue with this but she seems happy enough and the other two dont seem to bully her.