How to Tell if Your Skinny Pig is a BOY or a GIRL!

How to Tell if Your Skinny Pig is a BOY or a GIRL!

How to Tell if Your Skinny Pig is a BOY or a GIRL!

So, you've recently welcomed a new skinny pig into your home and are now faced with a common quandary: are they a boy or a girl? 

Determining the gender of skinny pigs can be tricky, especially for new owners. But don’t worry, there are a few simple signs to look for that will help you determine the gender of your new pet.

Visual Inspection: 

The most reliable method to determine the gender of your skinny pig is simply to look, but it requires patience and a gentle touch. Here’s some steps to set you up for success:

  • Create a Calm Environment: 

Before handling your skinny pig, ensure the environment is calm. A quiet, comfortable space will help minimize stress for both you and your pet. The more relaxed your skinny pig is, the easier it will be to get a good look.

  • Gentle Handling: 

Pick up your skinny pig carefully, supporting their body with one hand and using the other to gently lift their hindquarters for a better view of the genital area. If your skinny pig seems anxious or stressed, do not force it and try again at another time, offering treats and cuddles if necessary.

Look for the Telltale Signs:

  • Males (Boars): 

Male skinny pigs have a visible, rounded swelling in the genital area, which is their testicular pouch. Directly above this, you'll notice a distinctive, i-shaped opening - this is the penis. If you gently press on this i-shape and the “dot” of the i protrudes further, you can be confident that you have a male.

  • Females (Sows): 

Female skinny pigs have a Y-shaped genital opening with no swelling around it. The upper part of the Y is less pronounced, and there's no bulge as seen in males.

Behavioral Clues:

While visual inspection is the most straightforward method, observing your skinny pig's behavior can also offer hints about their gender.

Males tend to be more territorial and may display dominance through actions like mounting or marking their territory more frequently. They tend to be more bold and confident. Males also typically weigh more than females do.

Females might live more harmoniously in groups and are often less territorial than their male counterparts. They are usually more shy in nature than males and tend to be smaller in size (by as much as a pound).

However, these behaviors can vary widely among individuals and should not be the sole basis for determining gender.

Why Knowing Your Skinny Pig's Gender Matters

Understanding your skinny pig's gender is crucial for several reasons:

  • Health Care: Certain health issues are more common in either males or females, and knowing the gender can help in early detection and treatment. For example: females are more prone to UTIs while males tend to be more prone to fecal impaction.
  • Breeding Prevention: If you're keeping multiple skinny pigs, knowing their genders is essential to prevent unwanted pregnancies.
  • Behavioral Management: Recognizing gender-specific behaviors can help in managing your pets more effectively and creating a harmonious living environment for your herd.

When to Consult a Professional?

If you're still unsure about your skinny pig's gender after a visual inspection, it's wise to consult a veterinarian or an experienced breeder. They can offer a professional opinion and ensure your pet is handled safely during the examination.

Determining the gender of your skinny pig might seem daunting at first, but with patience, gentle handling, and a bit of practice, you'll become a pro in no time. 

Remember, the well-being of your pet is paramount, so always handle them with care during any examination. 

Whether you've discovered your skinny pig is a charming boar or a graceful sow, the happiness they will bring into your life is boundless.

Happy Parenting!

Keep giving your pets the best of natural life!


April Arguin A.S., C.P.N., M.P.H

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