Other common names: Micro Pig; Micro-mini Pig; Pennywell Miniature Pig; Juliani Pig; Juliana Pig; ; Painted Miniature Pig
For decades, pigs have been crossbred in an attempt to create smaller, more manageable animals for medical research and as pets. In the 1990's, breeders in the north of England crossbred various breeds to create the "Micro Pig". In North America, the demand for smaller laboratory pigs saw the development of miniature pig cross breeds in the early 2000's. As the exact breeds and percentages used to create these miniature pigs differ from breeder to breeder, there is no established standard for miniature pigs, and they go by various names. Miniature Pigs are not accepted by any pig breed registries.
Note: Media presentations and breeder marketing of Miniature Pigs as "tea cup pigs" are not accurate. Miniature pigs on average tend to grow to approximately knee height. When full grown at three years, these small pigs are about the height of Labrador Retrievers, and weigh 55 - 95 pounds. And, similar to purebred small pig breeds like the Kune Kune Pig and the Pot-Bellied Pig, the fact that many cities and communities do not allow the keeping of pigs as pets, has resulted in a large percentage of miniature pigs needing rehoming / rescuing.
Some of the breeds which are mentioned as having been crossed to create Miniature pigs include: the Kune Kune Pig; the Pot-Bellied Pig; the Tamworth Pig; the Gloucester Old Spots Pig; the Berkshire Pig; and the Middle White Pig.
Appearance / health:
Miniature pigs come in solid colors and in a variety of spotted patterns. They may be black, spotted, ginger etc..
Behavior / temperament:
Miniature pigs are said to be active and easily trained.
Housing / diet:
According to the Valley of the Pigs, "Pigs are very clean and intelligent animals and once your piglet has been shown how to get outdoors to the toilet it will always want to go outside. Ideally, your pig should be kept outdoors and a waterproof and draught proof shelter should be available such as a shed, wooden children's play house or pig arc is ideal. It should be full of fresh, clean barley straw so that your pig can bury under it and keep warm. Infra red heaters are not needed in winter just plenty of fresh straw. If you are making a penned area, then a size of approx 15ft x 15ft is more than adequate but you can make it bigger if you have the space. The ideal material for the floor area is Forest Bark Wood Chippings, the rougher the better and it should be put down at least 12" deep initially and then just refreshed every season (you should be able to get these from any good tree surgeon). This allows rain water to soak through so that you don't end up with a muddy mess. As our pigs are grazing animals they will need access to grass on a daily basis."
According to the Valley of the Pigs, "We feed our pigs on non-fattening sow nuts which have the correct balance of vitamins and minerals for your piglet; you can buy these from your local agricultural merchant in a 25kg sack for around £7. For one pig this will last you weeks so it is best if you keep it in an airtight container to keep it fresh. Your piglet will need to be fed once a day preferably in the morning and only a small handful is required. When your pig is fully grown approximately half a dog sized dish should be given. For treats you can give your piglet, fruit, bread or anything that is non-fattening and low in salt, but definitely no meat or anything that is meat based. It is a case of trial and error as to which fruit your piglet will like, either way this is a sure way of winning over your piglet. It is important however not to over feed your pig."
"Fresh, clean water should be provided at all times but only use a heavy shallow dish as a young piglet may fall in and drown in just a few inches of water. An automatic water feeder is perfect and they aren't too expensive to set up. If you can't set up an automatic water feeder than a shallow horse feed bucket in an inner tube is also just as good as then it can't be tipped up."
intelligence, great companion animals, funny personalities
Housebreaking, house pets, numerous accidents, pig poops, unreputable breeder, SQUEAL
livestock license, harness train, genetic height potential, prone overeating, ear cleaning
The Amazing MINIATURE Potbellied Pig
These animals are incredibly intelligent! If you are considering a potbellied pig as a pet, there are several factors to consider. This intelligence is one of them! Pigs can easily discover where the food is, and how to get it! Lulu once got into the closet and ate five pounds of food without being discovered! It is not good to overfeed these miniature little pigs, as their frame isn't built for a lot of extra weight. My breeder told me many funny stories, including the pigs getting into the refrigerator, opening a jar of pickles and sharing with each other! They even learned to oink her caretaker's name!
On the topic of feed, when you do buy feed, go for top quality, and make sure it is for fancy pigs, not farm pigs! Livestock feed is generally made to fatten the animals up and contains growth hormones. This will not do!
When selecting a miniature potbellied pig, make sure you ask many questions about the lineage. It is common for people to see "hybrids" that are not full potbellied pigs, or even regular pigs falsely. This is quite the surprise when you little pig does not stay so little! Make sure your pig comes from a clean home where they are loved and appreciated. Pigs are very social creatures, and, in my experience, they can be very affected by the energy around them.
Again, they are very social. If you have to leave for work every day and will need to leave your piggy at home, this is probably not the best pet for you. Pigs can get depressed and even act out if they are upset. And, being so social, being left alone all day every day will upset them. When you do need to leave them, or even want to work on another floor or outside, a playpen is a great option to keep them contained with their toys, especially while training.
Potbellied pigs are completely adorable and unique. I highly recommend this pet for someone who is prepared to put in the time and will be around to enjoy them!.
From raen13 Jan 25 2015 4:15PM
Staying hydrated is very important for many reasons but especially because of salt toxicity. Salt toxicity can cause nausea, vomiting, fever, diarrhea, tremors, decreased appetite, seizures, coma and death. Pigs should always be provided with a clean, fresh, unlimited water supply. .
From Mia B 159 days ago
Mininature Pigs Are NOT What You Think
I had this great idea that I wanted a miniature pig that I could carry around in a bag. I got her and she was only supposed to mature to about 35 lbs... She was fed mini pig food, fruits, grazing outdoors- nothing fattening and when she died she was well over 150 lbs. She was still of very short stature but very long and very large. Her eyesight went very early on- when she was about 2 years old. She ended up dying suddenly (within days) from something the vet could not treat. She did live indoors and was litter box trained (which she used very well). I actually wish I wouldn't have bought her- not because I didn't like her, but because the more you learn about mini pigs, the more you hear about problems. The way they keep them at those small weights is my depriving them. Since my pig died, I've seen numerous articles about rescue homes overfilling with "supposed to be mini pigs" because people buy them and they get too big. This makes me sad because temperament wise and intelligence wise- she was very smart and calm (in most situations). She did live a great life, but it was much too short..
From carolinagirl842 Sep 26 2015 11:59AM