New York, United States
Posted Jan 16, 2014
Other reviewers here have correctly noted: These are *not* miniature pets. For that reason and others, I was extremely wary of taking in a pot-bellied beeb, but eventually acquiesced. Daum was just about the sweetest - and most intelligent - animal I've ever had. Socializing went well since he came to us young, and he rapidly became a much beloved member of the family.
As he grew, he was friendly without being overwhelmingly pushy as piggies can sometimes be. We were able to give him some daily outdoor romping and rooting where we lived at the time, but he was mostly an indoor pig. Lots of space inside, though, and he was always happy, engaged, and content. We had a dog at that time, and they got along very well.
Daum was almost unnervingly smart - he once trotted off and returned with my purse in his mouth after hearing me mention the word purse to someone I was chatting with in the kitchen. It wasn't a trick; we hadn't trained him to do anything like fetching. One of many "Oh my gosh, _the pig actually understands English_!" moments. Daum was super cuddly and affectionate; although an unneutered male, we didn't experience any aggression or territorial problems.
What we did experience was poop. Lots and lots of it. If you think you're ready for just how much of the stuff a 145 pound pig can produce in a day, I beg you to reconsider. They require a lot of food, and that means a lot of fertilizer. He was litter box trained (fun fact, the "litter box" was actually an industrial sized mortar mixing trough), but even so it was hard to keep up with. Not all pot-bellies grow as big as our darling fella, there's some genetic dice-rolling in the mix, but there's no way to know just how very *not* teacup-sized your pig will turn out to be. Food also proved expensive ongoing; they eat *so much*.
Daum was truly sweet, but he was just too much. We were glad we found him a happy farm-home to live out his golden years, and certainly he was a joy to have when he was with us, but bringing home a pig as a domestic pet isn't something to be done lightly.