Pet Capybara Pool Size. What Size Pool Does My Capybara Need?

Romeo and Tuff'n Playing at the Bottom of Their Pool

Romeo and Tuff’n Playing at the Bottom of Their Pool

A recommended minimum size of pool/pond is 9 ft x 16 ft with a depth of 4 ft. The pool or pond should have a few shallow places where the capybara can sit and rest while still remaining mostly or partly submerged. If your pool does not have any steps or ledges that would provide this, you should put something like a plastic table in the pool for the capybara to sit on. Make sure it is securely anchored and does not tip over when the capybara climbs onto it.

Romeo Rests on the Swimming Pool Steps

Romeo Rests on the Swimming Pool Steps

A large, 8 foot, cattle tank is not sufficient, many people would say . There is no way a capybara can swim properly in something this small. And of course it is not very deep either.

Capybaras are outstanding swimmers and need a pool/pond that is at least 4 feet deep. They love to swim underwater and are very playful, rolling and turning. Capybaras can stay under water for up to 5 minutes.

Yasushi Loves Being Nuzzled. He and his female admirers at Nagasaki Bio Park have a huge pond to play in.

Yasushi Loves Being Nuzzled. He and his female admirers at Nagasaki Bio Park have a huge pond to play in.

In the wild capybaras spend much of the afternoon in water. Submerging in water is a way for them to thermoregulate, i.e. cool themselves.

Capybaras are very agile and graceful in water. A cattle tank is not big enough to allow them to express themselves physically and aquatically, as they would in the wild.   It is a wonderful sight watching a capybara swim, and roll, and play with gay abandon.


Little Tuff'n Gains an Advantage over Bigger Romeo By Standing on the Step above Him

Little Tuff’n Gains an Advantage over Bigger Romeo By Standing on the Step above Him

Please see my blog which gives information about the dangers to capybaras of letting capybaras use your swimming pool. I also give information about a recommended filter system to use to clean the water in your swimming pool.  It is recommended that you do not use chlorine.

https://capybaraworld.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/pet-capybara-health-warning-it-might-be-potentially-dangerous-to-let-your-capybara-swim-in-a-chlorinated-swimming-pool-designed-and-intended-for-human-use/

This is a video of Romeo and Tuff’n playing in their swimming pool, you will see how they really make use of, and enjoy, the space available to them:

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6 thoughts on “Pet Capybara Pool Size. What Size Pool Does My Capybara Need?

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  2. ANOTHER WONDERFUL, ENTERTAINING VIDEO!!! I am convinced that R & T are inseparable and would truly be lost without each other. Since Capys are pack animals, when one dies, I would imagine it affects the others deeply. Yes? Do Marvin & Elizabeth have any thoughts as to what they would do in the event one of their precious capys dies? I can’t even imagine the loss!! The two of them were so happy playing in the pool together. Do Marvin & Elizabeth ever swim with them? She has just accepted me as a facebook friend. I am looking forward to getting to know her. Keep posting your great videos. I have kept every single one and enjoy watching them over & over. I really AM a true Capyworld fan! Bonnie

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    • Thanks very much Bonnie. Yes I think Romeo and Tuff’n would be absolutely lost without each other. Yes Elizabeth and Marvin regularly swim with Romeo and Tuff’n in the summer when the water is warm enough. Even I swam with them.

      It was great fun holding them both in my arms as we moved around the pool.

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