The Size of Mini Pigs - Right Pet for You?
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YOUR BABY PIGS are adorable, But how big will they be?
They are adorable and a wonderful pet if raised correctly which is why we give an hour long class and send you home with lots of educational handouts! But there are a lot of things to consider when thinking about getting any animal as a pet, so we’re outlining why you want to add a mini pig to your family and why you might think twice.
The sizes and photos of our parent pigs are posted on our website and measurements are updated on an annual basis. If you think a 50 pound piggy sounds large, let’s think again. Pigs look half the size of their weight in body composition compared to dogs, meaning a 100 pound mini pig can look like a 50 pound dog. A 50 lb mini pig is actually quite small and often times only 13-15 inches short. and very small compared to their ancestors. If the weight of an animal is a huge factor, then maybe a guinea pig is a better choice :)
Pigs are not considered fully mature in size until approximately 5 years though their bone growth plates close at age 3 1/2 based on historical pig x-rays. However, the primary growth period of a Mini Pig is within the first two years of their life.
It's important not to get hung up on the weight of a pig because pigs have a much higher density of weight (approximately three times) compared to dogs and other animals - they are a very 'thick' animal.
When looking for a piggy, it is best to have an ideal height and length in mind, as opposed to ideal weight.
Many breeders stretch the truth about the parent’s size and age. If what you are reading on a breeder's site sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Our mini pigs are some of the smallest in the United States. Yes, I’m sure you’ve seen photos of a piggy fitting into a teacup (teacup pig) and our piggies can definitely fit into a teacup when they are born…but they will grow!
And as you have probably already read, we welcome you to come meet our pigs personally! Before you view the baby pigs, we show you the parent pigs and you will be able to view ALL the parent pigs! and judge the sizes for yourself! Your piglet's full-grown size will be in the range of the parent's size, usually. What you feed your piggy plays a vital role in the maintenance of a healthy pet pig. Although the bone structure will most likely be of similar size between litter-mates, what they are fed definitely influences the size of your Mini Pig.
Mini pigs are very trainable, as they are very very intelligent! Pigs are like 3-year-old children - intelligent, curious, mischievous and sometimes manipulative. They are sensitive creatures that can be playful, and even humorous. In the intelligence scale, they are only two species away from the intelligence of humans! Only the monkey/ape family and the dolphin/whale families are more intelligent.
Mini pigs don’t have coats, so they don’t shed dander like cats and dogs. That means they tend not to aggravate allergies in people with pet allergies
You can litter train them, and teach them tricks just as you would a dog. They are clean, generally non-allergenic, odor-free, flea-free, charming and inexpensive to feed. Pigs are social, bonding easily with humans. They’ll readily roll over for a tummy rub, as well as snuggle with you. They don’t bark, prowl the streets or spread rabies. Compared with dog droppings, mild smelling “pig berries” are a breeze to clean up. Mini pigs are motivated by food, so treat-based positive reinforcement training is best. You can take them for walks, and you can usually use products made for dogs, including leads, bowls and adorable little jackets and outfits.
Mini piggies are "special" animals and owners who take the time to understand the psychology of piggies bond very closely with their piggies. Many owners sleep with their pigs, travel with their oinkers, dress them in costumes and share every aspect of their lives with their piggy companions. Piggies love to have their tummies scratched, and to snuggle with their owners.
Pigs don’t have sweat glands, so they don’t generate their own funky smell. The males only begin to stink because when they mature they develop scent glands that smell awful. Neutered and female pigs don’t develop these glands, so they never really smell bad in and of themselves.
Pigs are very sociable, and they get on well with other household pets, especially if they are introduced to other animals at a younger age.
They love to be in blankets, and not just during winter holidays. They love their blankets all the time. Digging around in blankets helps alleviate their rooting instinct, and when they do that, you’ll have a pig in a blanket.
Why you’ll want to think twice
While pigs are highly trainable and can learn at a faster rate than dogs, pig behavior is vastly different from dog behavior. As eager as a dog can be to please his master, a pig’s respect, trust and cooperation must be earned.
Piggies are herd animals with a strong pecking order. If they are spoiled, they often become territorial, and aggressive towards humans, especially house guests. The pigs have an instinctual urge to be "Top Hog," and defend their turf. Pigs with lots of subtle, daily discipline and boundaries in the home, do not exhibit this phenomena. The oinkers must be taught the word "NO" and to respect humans. The psychology of piggies and how to work with them is discussed during the one hour educational class we provide when you pick up your piggy. New owners also receive educational handouts on this and other important piggy topics.
Piggies enjoy time outdoors, in a fenced yard (secure from hostile dogs) and/or taken on daily walks. This cuts down on household territorialism, and gives the pig something to do. Pigs root, although this can be somewhat curtailed. They rarely get fleas, but do get mange, which is easily treatable. All in all, pigs have the potential to be the BEST pet, or the very WORST pet. It really depends upon the expectations and efforts of the owners.
If you are getting a pig for a teenager, ask yourself if you are prepared to take care of the pig when your child gets busy with high school activities. Who will take care of the pig when your child leaves for college or first job? Proceed with caution when getting a pig for young children. Children of any age are frequently intrigued with the idea of getting a pet pig, but quickly the responsibility of daily care falls in the hands of parents. Are you prepared for that?
You need to know the legalities of owning a teacup pig in your area. They can be considered livestock or exotic animals and not always allowed in neighborhoods.
Standard procedures for cats and dogs, like spaying and neutering, need to be done by a specialist on a mini pig. This is important because you have to spay and neuter pigs (all or our male pigs are neutered, and our females have the spay surgery). If not spayed or neutered, piggies can become unmanageable.
Pigs need access to water, as they love to play in it. If you get a piglet, get a little shallow kiddy pool.
Pigs don’t have anything that regulates their hunger, so they are always hungry. They can learn how to open fridges and cabinets to get to food so it's best not to give them food from a cupboard - they will remember which cupboard they need to open!
Okay, so these are the pros and cons of having a MINI pig.
As I think of more, I will update this page. Some people think they would be too much hassle, and other families couldn’t imagine their lives without their pigs. Like any animal, you have to weigh the benefits and the disadvantages and make an informed decision about whether or not you can handle the responsibility and whether or not the animal will be happy with the life you can give them. It’s not a decision to make lightly, because you don’t want to put a pig in an animal rescue just for being itself!