How big do mini pigs get? How much will they weigh?
As ethical and respected breeders, we focus on height rather than weight, because weight is based on diet, portion, environment and overall activity level. We do not give weight estimates or guarantees whatsoever. Just as a medical doctor is unable to determine a baby’s weight at adulthood, the same holds true for breeders and piglets. Skeletal size or height and length of your pig is determined by genetics, and diet determines a pig’s weight. Just as any other animal or human, overeating ALWAYS leads to obesity, and underfeeding leads to malnutrition. Fat layers can add extra inches in your pig’s height if your pig is overweight, and underfeeding will not keep a pig smaller than it is genetically destined to become.
Our pig's average mature size is 15-16 inches in height. We know the backgrounds of all of our pigs and we have multiple generations and family here on the farm to know a better certainty of size without line or inbreeding. In order for our pigs to be registered, we are required to send proof of height and ages to the associations and registries we take part in. We have all of the dated measurement photos of each pig on our website and facebook page for your viewing pleasure and requests.
There are many unethical breeders out there using misleading terms such as teacup, micro, pixie, etc in hopes to lure uneducated buyers with the promise of the infamous "20 lb pig". Buyers beware! Terms such as these are not a breed or breed standard, nor do they guarantee small pigs. Since piglets can become sexual mature as young as 12 weeks of age, some breeders use this to their advantage while breeding underage pigs, claiming inaccurate age and a smaller size. Avoid breeders and sellers who claim their "micro" pigs will remain tiny throughout their lifespan. This is sure signs of a scam. There is no documented proof of a fully mature adult pig weighing 20 or even 35 lbs because they simply do not exist.
How do pigs get along with kids?
Pigs can make great additions to families with children although it is not an ideal pet for young children to be solely responsible for. As with any animal in homes with children, contact should be supervised so the pig is not squeezed, dropped, or chased during interactions. Mini pigs have also been used as service animals as well as emotional support animals (ESA) in families with children with disabilities and autism.
Do Mini Pigs Get Along with Other Animals?
As pigs are naturally herd animals, it is possible for them to co-habituate with other animals. With that being said, it is our duty as pet parents to put the welfare and safety of our animals. There are some instances where pigs and dogs do not mind each other’s company and even seem to enjoy the companionship. However, pigs and dogs no matter the size should NEVER be left alone unsupervised for ANY length of time, not matter how well they get along, how closely they are bonded, or how well the dog or pig is trained. Instincts can override training or normal behavior and the consequences can be fatal for either party as dogs are naturally predators and pigs are naturally prey animals. Normal pig behaviors such as running away, charging, biting, challenging, squealing, or screaming, can trigger the predator instinct in an otherwise docile and friendly dog. It’s not the dog’s fault, as it would only be acting on instinct because dogs and pigs speak completely different languages resulting in confusion, frustration, stress, and aggression. Pigs and cats seem to have a different relationship as cats are more elusive animals and prefer contact on their terms. They have been known to bond and live together in a peaceful manner.
How Can I Check My Zoning?
There are a few websites to help you find your city ordinance, such as AmLegal and Municode. If you don’t see your city on one site, try the other. If neither site has your city listed, check your city’s government website where city codes are sometimes listed. If they don’t have the laws anywhere online, then you will need to go in person to speak with your city office or contact your local animal control officer. Most cities categorize all pigs as livestock. The code is usually found in the “animals” section. Keywords to search are potbelly, potbellied, pig, swine, and livestock. Some codes have a limit on the number of pigs, the vaccines the pigs will need, some require registration or yearly fees, spay/neuter, weight limits, or regulations on how you must house/confine your pig. Read the laws thoroughly to make sure you are in compliance. You do not want your pig ripped from your arms as so many have been already!!
Do Male Or Females Make Better Pets?
Each mini pig has their own individual personalities and no two mini pigs are alike. As far as a specific sex making a better pet, it is usually up to personal preference. Nonetheless, an intact pig will not make a good pet because they are over run with hormones causing bad behavior and dangerous health risks. When females are not spayed they can become sexually frustrated and aggressive due to PMS symptoms every 21 days. While they are in heat they will mark their territory by urinating wherever they stand, and may generally be in a foul mood or destructive in the house. This is a shock to pig parents with a well behaved potty trained love bug when she suddenly goes into heat, and losing her potty training or becoming aggressive to family pets, causing potentially dangerous fights between animals. Intact males are known to hump, ejaculate on you, furniture, clothing, carpet, other pets, guests, toys, and stuffed animals. Even becoming aggressive and are more prone to escaping/roaming as their hormones drive them to find a mate. They have only one thing on their mind, their tusks grow faster in turn needing more frequent trimming. They have an awful musky smell from their prepuce and emit a horrendous odor when scared, excited, or just because. Their urine will also stink very strongly because of that prepuce gland. They most likely will not potty train because they want to leave their scent just in case a female is near. With all that being said, we spay and neuter all of our pigs before going home with their new owners so that you do not experience these problems and avoid dangerous health risks to the pigs later in life.
How Long Do Mini Pigs Live?
Mini pigs can live 12-15+ years. That is typically longer than the average life span of dogs. With life expectancy of so many years, they are truly a LIFELONG commitment.