Why Own a Prairie Dog as a Pet?


Prairie dogs are affectionate, loving creatures largely, if not entirely due to their social structure in nature. Wild Prairie dogs live in large communal groups, called towns or coteries, where they depend on each other for protection, affection, grooming, play, and more. When baby Prairie dogs are weaned and then brought up in a human environment, they quickly and easily substitute people for their colony family. Properly handled Prairie dogs will seek you out as their 'best' buddy and desire to be at your side or in your lap a large portion of the time they are out of the cage. 


Pet Prairie dogs do not do well if they are in an environment where there is little interaction with them. They are social, not solitary animals. Their need for companionship is intense. Solitary Prairie dogs or those that are seldom played with can become excessively protective of their cage and its contents, destructive and a general pain in the neck! Do not get a Prairie dog if you cannot fulfill its need for attention.


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Comments (4)

Kristin A Hazard_

I see people in this town covering up the holes where prairie dogs are. They, I assume, are trying to suffocate them and it’s a crime. These people should be prosecuted and fined. They are part of our town and very sweet. Why would someone want to kill them?

Heather Malee_

I just found out about these amazing little guys even CAN or could be domesticated! I did however have a Chinchilla that I was gifted with by my neighbor, roommate and good friend in Kauai. I got him young and he was SO social that I brought him in as my class pet for 3rd grade. He would always come home with me and he LOVED his Doxin brother. So I believe Chinchillas are pack animals too. I really WANT a prairie dog.


I just placed an order for two male prairie dogs. I preordered since they are not yet born. They are awesome pets. They only produce litters once a year.


I love animals. I am an animal lover and i’m very interested in owning a Prairie dog
I live in Vermont in would love to know what I need to do to adopt one

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