How to Find a Reputable Capybara Breeder

Capybaras are so popular as pets, it seems like everyone is getting one. No need for a permit, they’re legal everywhere¹. There are scads of them on the internet. Just send your deposit of $1000, and they’ll put you at the top of their wait list!

Picking the wrong breeder could cost you a lot of moolah.

There are so many available, people must be breeding them like crazy! That’s great because I heard that you have to get at least two and I bet you can find a bunch of them for sale on the internet. You can pick up an entire clutter!² In fact, I just went to one website and put five male and five female capybaras in my shopping cart. I was thrilled to see that if I lived in Texas, it would be a flat rate shipping charge of $50! That took some of the sting out of the $19,000.00 price tag.

Three week old Dobby, in my sister’s bathtub, getting ready for the long flight home.

Then I noticed the field for “coupon code.” I always poke around to see if I can find a coupon- I can almost always find one for free shipping, so that would be even better! I’ll just hold off on that purchase until I can properly check out the coupons. I wouldn’t want to be taken for a fool, right? According to the website they have already sold 9,223,372,036,854,775,808³ capybaras. They must be millionaires by now!

Dobby donated a baseline radiograph of his skull to the ROUS Foundation. His friend Gari had dental issues and we needed a comparison.

So what do you think? Should I “PROCEED TO CHECKOUT?” Of course not. I googled the address. It looks like a feed store to me. You can also fill your propane tank and rent a U-Haul trailer. Not much activity on the Facebook page since they set it up, and the Instagram has got a few birds listed. YouTube has some little rodents and a monkey. There’s nothing wrong with any of that, it’s just that there are no capybaras. Capybaras are a big deal, that’s why you are reading this. If they are breeding capybaras, where are the capybara photos?

Dobby’s night pen. In winter we added a wall-mounted microthermic heater, a heated kennel pad, and half a dozen blankets from Goodwill Outlet.

The capybara photos are under the DESCRIPTION. All nine photos are of- you guessed it- Dobby. Well, I am certainly not going to pay $1800 for my own late pet. I knew it sounded too good to be true. The “description” was somewhat satisfying, though, as it was told in my own words, probably from an old blogpost. Plagiarized, however, no credit was given to me. They even stole the photo captions.

At two years old, Dobby still respected the little x-pen fence in the kitchen and I still dared to have him on my wood floors. He had freckles but in this photo he also has a dirty nose.

I’ll try again to find a reputable breeder from an internet search. The second promising website has lots of capybara photos that are not Dobby (or Caplin, JoeJoe, Gari, Cheesecake, Mudskipper, or Sweetie) or any of those other celebrity capybaras. Of the three “13 week old” capybaras that are shown, one looks about 2 weeks, another looks about 4 months old, the third is nearly a year, with Japanese informational brochures taped to the wall behind him. It’s not easy to photograph baby capybaras, but this is hard to swallow.

Extracting nutrients from vegetative matter like hay is a lot of work. Capybaras eat their poop, essentially running it through twice. Like guinea pigs, capybaras produce a LOT of poop. Because of that, we built an outdoor bathroom to efficiently get rid of it.

How about the group images of their breeding clutter²? Google image search wasn’t much help because these photos have been used far and wide and on so many websites that to determine the original is a waste of time. From the food in one photo, my guess is a zoo. From the river in the background of another I guess wild capybaras from South America.

Capybaras in the wild graze day and night. Pet capybaras do, too.

Bingo, the third photo is credited to a photographer from a wildlife center in the UK. Not a capybara breeder in- wait, let me check- downtown San Francisco. Gosh, I wish I had known that while I was working a few blocks away! Wait a minute- the contact person has the same name as the one in our first dubious website. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. It’s too bad because, on this website, ten capybaras would have only cost me $8000, but of course they only have the three 13-week old babies. They probably get you on the shipping, anyway.

We bought Dobby’s corn by the crate, year round. He ate eight kinds of potatoes and yams.

So how do you find a good breeder? There aren’t many out there worth messing with. The best one has retired, and your second best bet is a breeder who learned from her. Ask some questions- where did they get their stock? Are they importing new bloodlines? Or are they a backyard breeder who ended up with a pair and now they think maybe the female is pregnant? Would you buy a pedigreed poodle from this breeder? How about a monkey? Ask about their veterinarian. Above all- visit the facility. Go take a look, or at least have someone check it out in person for you. And before you send people on wild goose chases, make sure they are really legal in your country, state, county, city, and neighborhood.

Dobby is one year older in this photo and easily reaches the kitchen counter. The x-pen was replaced by solid walls and the wood floors were protected by linoleum.

Still no luck? Contact the ROUS Foundation¹¹- we have opinions. Join the Capybara Owners page at Facebook. Do your homework, these are delicate finicky animals, don’t let their size deceive you! Ask your veterinarian about their capybara experience. Getting a blank stare? Maybe time to reconsider getting a mini-capybara¹².

Dobby is 10 months old in this early December photo. Winter brings many challenges for capybara owners: warmth, swimming, the danger of frostbite, and finding fresh corn-on-the-cob.

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1 I lied. They’re hardly legal anywhere.

2 That’s herd to you neophytes. (Melanie and I made up the clutter thing.)

3 That’s 9 quintillion plus change, not even close to a googol. But can you imagine the synchronized swimming exhibition they could perform? Scare the heck out of the caiman.

11 Melanie Typaldos (and me) at ROUSFoundation@gmail.com (WordPress only has 1, 2, and 3 in superscript.)

12 Guinea Pig, not a beginner pet, trust me on that. I’m considering a Go Fund Me for Paco’s heart medicine.

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You can donate to Dobby’s friends at Stacy’s Funny Farm, a non-profit pet sanctuary, here. You can also watch videos at our YouTube channel here. We get lots of money from the ads!

 

5 responses to “How to Find a Reputable Capybara Breeder

    • Two tiny bottles of medicine cost about $120 and last 2 months. That’s forever. Paco won’t get cured, but it will make him feel better and help his wheezing. I once had a tiny hen with a heart condition. We brought her in the house to live and she slept on the edge of the bathtub. She spent her days in the living room. Three years, medicine 3 times a day, tablets not syrup. There should be a link around here somewhere to the website of the pet sanctuary where Paco lives.

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