Man’s best friend: dogs or … pigs?

We’ve likely all heard the expression that dogs are man’s best friend. I’ve never experienced a point in my life during which our family hasn’t had a dog, and I can personally attest to the common expression stated above, considering our current pup, Jake, is quite literally my best friend.

Despite the common knowledge that dogs really are some of the best forms of pets out there, apparently, there is some stiff competition for dogs to remain man’s best friend. The rival? Pigs, according to an article from The Good News Network.

“According to Hungarian researchers from Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, pigs are as trainable as dogs, and—unless they have a problem to solve—turn to us for support in the same way that canine companions do,” the article explains.

“The Family Pig Project was launched in 2017 at the Department of Ethology in Budapest. The animals were raised in a similar environment as family dogs from as early as 6-8 weeks of age, which provides the basis for unique comparative investigations between these two species.

“Pigs, which are renowned for their intelligence and cleanliness, can live up to 20 years. They can also quickly become loving companions and get along with cats. Some fans of these porcine friends have even claimed they are more suited to being kept as domestic animals than dogs,” the article says.

The study itself was “published in Animal Cognition earlier this month” and “is the first to analyze similarities and differences in family dogs’ and pigs’ interactions with humans,” the article states.

While I’m not certain as of now I would have a pig as a pet considering they can grow to be rather large and can be a tad messy, I have always had a profound love and appreciation for pigs. Who knows, perhaps one day I’ll have dogs and pigs as pets.

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