Our Mini pigs hold a very special place in our heart and home. Mini pigs are very special and unique animals. If you understand their personalities, and quirks, owners bond to them, like the pigs were their own children. Many owners sleep with their pigs, travel with their pigs, dress them in costumes, and share every aspect of their lives, with their companions. Piggies love to have their bellies scratched, and snuggle with their owners. Pigs are like two year old children - intelligent, curious, mischievous, and, sometimes manipulative. They are sensitive creatures that can be playful, and even humorous. They are extremely intelligent and give a lot of love and acknowledgement to their owners.
Amy from The Bobby Bones Show visited our piggies and made this awesome video
Mini Pig Care and Facts:
Average Lifespan: 15-20 Years
Gestation: 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days; with average of 6 babies
Diet: Pigs love to eat and it is very easy to over feed your pig. Mini pigs require specific food to keep them healthy without the extra weight. We offer a special mini pig diet on our Pet Supplies page.
Habitat: Most people keep their pig inside since they are very small, clean animals and potty train very easily. Pigs are not destructive so keeping them inside will not damage any of your furniture or wires. You can also keep them outside in a fenced yard or in a wire kennel type enclosure. Pigs kept outside will need a lot more water and you will need a heat lamp in the cooler months. I recommend having an indoor / outdoor pig, this allows for more stimulation and will give your pig something to do.
What is a "mini" pig?
They are literally what it says, they are mini pigs! People call mini pigs lots of different names like micro minis, julianna, teacup, mini pot belly. They are all the same mini pigs, "smaller than your average" pig.
They are super clean and litter box train easily. They have little smell to them and keep their homes clean. They are extremely psychological pets and rely heavily on their owners for mental stimulation. This is a pet that needs your attention.
Mini pigs require firm discipline from the beginning and will not be a very happy pig if they are left in a room or in a backyard all day with no interaction. What is a "Dwarf" pig?
A dwarf pig is a mini pig with genetic dwarfism. A dwarf pig has characteristics of genetic dwarfism. This is a genetic trait(s) that can only be passed from dwarf parents. Characteristics are short stubby front legs, broad shoulders, long faces , rounded noses and most significantly; stunted growth. Our breeding male, Red is around 8” tall. Dwarfism can occur in any color and seems to produce predominately males. The picture shows a normal mini piglet next to a dwarf piglet, they are of the same litter.
How do you know the piglet is a dwarf? We have consulted many pig geneticists and vets and they have determined that our pigs are displaying chondrodysplastic signs, although no DNA or Chromosome test exists to definitively test for the chromosome. Each piglet is evaluated at a young age and dwarfism can be determined by physical characteristics.
How does dwarfism affect the pig long term? We have successfully been breeding them for 5 years, with only one complication requiring a C-section, we have several females that do not meet size requirements to be bred. There also seems to be varying degrees of dwarfism. Some piglets display very short front legs and others are taller but still have the dwarf traits. As they mature dwarf pigs do have trouble running, their front legs are very short, usually only 3-5 inches. They cannot walk extremely fast either. This doesn’t seem to affect any of our dwarves, other than they are last to the food bowls at feeding time. At this time we are unaware of the lifespan of dwarf pigs, the oldest dwarf pig we have is Pixie and she is 5 years old. What should you expect living with a dwarf pig? Dwarfs seem to be more dog-like. They are affectionate and lazy. They walk slowly so they like to take it easy and relax, especially after they become adults. Because they have a harder time walking around they do not get as much exercise as a normal pig would. It is extra important not to overfeed them to keep strain off of their joints and to help them maintain a healthy weight. Also, their organs and rib cages are smaller, so if they are fatter than they should be this can cause breathing problems. You CANNOT overfeed these pigs, it can be more detrimental than overfeeding a regular mini pig.
How big and what is the size difference? Dwarfs are not all the same. We have only been breeding them for a few years so our experience has shown that the males stay a bit smaller than the females, and they all tend to be shorter in height and in length compared to our regular mini pigs. In a nutshell, they are dramatically more compact in body size and structure.
How Big EXACTLY??
Good Question! When it comes to buying a pig as a pet, it is very important to have a good estimate as to how big they will be. We do not want to mislead anyone, please visit our adult pigs page to see pics and info on our breeding adults.
BEWARE:::::ALL BABY PIGLETS ARE SMALL WHEN THEY ARE BORN!!
As we said before, breeders use alot of different names to describe or identify their pigs. You must remember that these names mean NOTHING.
Our pigs are very small compared to the usual breeds but we don't want to give any illusions as to their adult size, you are certainly not going to get a pig the size of a chihuahua or a rabbit, this is true for all breeders- there is NO SUCH PIG.
Piglets that will weigh under 20 pounds as adults are extremely rare and even our adults that are this small can produce larger babies. If a breeder is claiming to have several litters of piglets that will ALL be under 20 pounds this is probably a lie.
No matter what size you are 'guaranteed' If you are not capable of caring for a 50lb+ pig....DO NOT BUY A PIGLET.
Living with Pigs
Having a new piglet is similar to having a new puppy, except they wont ruin your $200 COACH shoes and wont wimper all night. They will be cute and playful but they MUST be controlled at a young age. Do not allow your pig to jump up on people or do any other unwanted activity unless you want them to continue doing it when they are full grown. They MUST have a controlled diet or they WILL become overweight. Your pig will whine for food especially if they know you are eating, you must keep you rpig on a strict feeding schedule and never feed them any table food or dog food- you will regret it!
They are very loving and show emotion more than any animal I have ever seen. I swear my sows actually cry tears during delivery! They can get their feelings hurt and can "talk back" to you. They remember things-like the VET! They like to be treated like royalty and will eat up all praise and attention you can give them.
I cannot say enough good things about mini pigs, but I think their loyalty has to be the number one attribute that they have.
Mini Pigs as pets- REAL owners perspectives and stories:
JB from Texas- We had a pig back in 2006, and she was the best pet we've ever owned - PERIOD! She was so incredibly smart. We had a German Shepherd, and he would bark loudly whenever a car would pull up the drive. Bacon (what we lovingly named our pig) began imitating the dog and would “bark” at cars as well. She couldn’t quite get the sound right, but she would try. It was almost a honking sound - like a duck - haha. Bacon was a little cuddle bug… a real lap-pig. She had the prettiest eyes, long eye lashes, a cute little tail that wagged when she was happy, and a great smile. Her smile was more like a persons - closed mouthed and round cheeked (very precious). Also, she would joyfully run to us when we came home… snorting and squealing with happiness. I never left her alone outside untied, though. If someone was cooking, of if she even caught a whiff of food, she’d follow her nose - it wouldn’t matter what we were doing or how many times we told her to come back. Her brain was definitely in her stomach. Aside from the eating part (food first), she was the perfect pet. She was very clean, we weren’t allergic to her, she wasn’t purposefully destructive (she might knock something over on accident while rooting), and she was as sweet as could be. Sadly, she passed just before we moved from MO a few years ago. We’ve put our down payment down on our next baby (who we’re getting from Janda Exotics), and we’re looking forward to another rewarding experience being parents to beautiful baby girl piggy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do they have scent glands or a smell? A: Pigs are very clean animals and do not have a foul smell, un-neutered males can produce an unpleasant odor and must be neutered.
Q: Do they require any vaccinations? A: You will need to speak with your vet regarding their opinion on vaccinations, our local vet does not recommend routine vaccinations but Pigs do need to be de-wormed every 6 months.
Q: What is their general personality? A: Pigs are very social and intelligent animals. They will become very attached to you and your family and will crave your attention much like a dog. They NEED alot of attention and discipline. If they are not given these two things they WILL become very unruly and may become destructive.
Q: How are they with other pets? A: Pigs will get along with most other household pets, however you should not leave your pig unattended with ANY dog because of the natural predator/prey instincts. I have seen this too many times, no matter how sweet your dog is and how well they play together do not chance it!
Q: Can you litter train your pig? A: Yes! They are very easy to litter train. Our piglets will come fully potty trained to use a litter box.
Q: Can I give it a bath? A: Yes, however they should be limited because a pigs skin can dry out very easily.
Q: I already have a pig, how can I introduce another one? A: Slow meetings and if possible introduce them with a fence or something in between them so they can see but not touch. Pigs are very territorial and a new pig will most often end up in a fight and they may get injured.
Negative Aspects of Owning a PBP
Pigs are also unrelenting in their quest for food and can learn to open the fridge, cupboards and pantries.
Pigs also "root," or dig/explore with their snouts - and may overturn items in the house, including wastebaskets, and can disrupt the landscaping. This is instinctual, so an area of soft dirt should be provided in the yard so they can fulfill their need to root.
Pigs that are intended to be pets only will need to be neutered or spayed. An un-neutered male will scent mark and may become aggressive. It may be difficult to find a vet experienced in neutering pigs. However, all of our piglets are spayed and neutered before leaving by our very experienced vet.
Pigs need a yard to play and explore in. These are not appropriate apartment pets.
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