What’s the Big Deal With Mini-Pigs?
Social media, celebrity pet pig owners, and countless TV and movie shows have all contributed to the popularity of micro-pigs in recent years. They’re also known as a teacup or Juliana pigs, and they aren’t just found on farms anymore, but in homes, too.
You need to do your research before adopting a “teacup” pig – both for the pig and your family. Read on to learn why “teacups” might not be right for you.
Most people have probably seen videos of cute piglets cuddling with puppies or drinking from tiny bottles. Teacup pigs are typically that small when born, but do they stay that way forever? And do they make good pets?
Teacup pigs may be adorable, but there are several myths surrounding them that can seriously hurt their health and happiness.
Despite popular belief, teacup pigs aren’t a breed, nor are they a nickname for a new breed. Rather, teacup pigs are malnourished potbellied pigs that have been falsely advertised as miniatures.
A Few Fun Facts About Mini Pigs
- A potbellied pig is typically smaller than a farm pig
- Farm pigs weigh about 1,000 pounds, while they can weigh between 100 and 200 pounds.
- Their classification is potbellied pigs.
- The short fur of miniature pigs makes them an ideal pet for people with severe allergies.
- Their vocal range is wide, and they can scream or honk.
- The miniature pig is a very clean animal and makes sure to avoid using the bathroom in places where it eats or sleeps.
- Animals of this species exhibit impressive memory and are very intelligent
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Are Mini Pigs Legal to Keep As Pets?
There are a few places that allow teacup pigs to be kept as pets, but it mostly depends on where you live. Teacup pigs are still classified as livestock in many places, so keeping one could cause legal problems. You should therefore consult your local regulations before keeping a micro pig in your home.
The price of teacup pigs is very high
Teacup pigs can cost up to $3,500, so be prepared to spend between $750 and $3,500 on your pet. As the price of keeping a pet grows, keeping a pig only becomes more expensive.
Due to the fact that many teacup owners believe their pigs will stay small, they never consider the costs of raising one over 100 pounds in their home. Keeping a potbellied pig requires several thousand dollars annually in food, veterinarian visits, vaccinations, and other supplies.
Unlike other pet types, this species has some strange habits. Their smartness allows them to be taught things such as ringing bells to alert you when they need to eat or go outside. Initially extremely playful, they soon become docile creatures. Although they can be stubborn, they must be taught “no” as early as possible to undesirable behaviour. Without this, they will continue to be stubborn and do things they are not supposed to.
Habitat – A perfect environment/enclosure for teacup pigs
Miniature pigs need a relatively large space for living. However, even when kept indoors, they can cause major messes. Hence, an outdoor shelter for teacup pigs should include a place to walk into, a source of water, walking and running space, and a fence to keep them from wandering away. In addition to providing plenty of blankets, ice, mud puddles, and keeping them inside during various times of the year, one must also keep their pig warm or cool throughout many seasons.
Pigs Are Herd Animals
Pigs are highly social animals. Much like dogs, they form “packs,” often lounging, playing, and sleeping together. Depriving a pig of social interaction can lead to boredom, restlessness, or depression, resulting in aggressive behaviour.
That being said, many “teacup” owners that have difficulty managing a 100-pound pig will be unable to handle two or more at the same time. In addition, having twice as many pigs means twice as much spending on food, supplies, and vet visits.
Would a teacup pig make a good pet?
Teacup pigs are good pets, but they must be taken care of well. Despite not being high maintenance, you will still need to invest in them. They are nevertheless a good pet for allergy sufferers or people seeking a unique and intelligent pet to add to their home.
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