Mini Micro and Tea cup Pigs for Sale in Canada

The Newest Canadians - The Micro Pigs!

Arriving November 22nd, 2010!
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Hi all, I am very happy to announce the arrival into Canada of adorable micro and mini micro pigs!. We will have very few litters per year but are happy to help a few Canadians (and Americans) welcome the micro pig into their family! :) www.micropigscanada.com

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lbowen444 6 years ago from Victoria, BC Author

a piglet is a baby ... buy a PIG for life!

* This is what an adult micro mini pig looks like (see below, this is our sow) please understand we do not sell "piglets" ... they are pigs and will grow up into an adult and look like an adult pig ... yes, they are MUCH smaller than the normal, commercial pig, but please know all babies look the same ... there really is nothing cuter than baby animals ... that being said, just like buying a puppy or kitten, you should be interested in the animal at ALL it's stages, not just the cute stage and then throw it away. Please do your homework first before buying a pet pig ... make sure it is the right pet for you as it deserves a life full of love, consistency and care throughout it's life (approx 18 yrs) Pigs make great pets, but for the right people.


tiffany 6 years ago

that is so small to be a mama pig


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lbowen444 6 years ago from Victoria, BC Author

hi Tiffany, the Mom, Katara is in the pic below, she is about 12" at the withers. The pics above are only babies, they are 2 - 3 weeks old.


Wynona 6 years ago

They are so cute, even the Mama. Me and my family are moving to the country. And when I heard about teacup pigs I knew I wanted one. We wont be moving 'till the summer. But I was wondering, is this an okay pet for the family. If I got one, it would mainly be with me. But I have a cat and a two younger brothers.


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lbowen444 6 years ago from Victoria, BC Author

Hi Wynona, they make great pets, but need a friend or people that like to work with them as they are very smart and need stimulation, like fun learning games, agility, going for walks and so forth. You can read more at:http://weelittlepigs.ca/index.php?option=com_conte...


candy blossom 6 years ago

HI I AM CANDY AND I AM 9 YERS OLD AND I AM WOANTING A CUET BABY TEACUP PIGEY SO MUCH AND I SAOW ONE OF THE PIGS AND THE BIAKE AND WITEA PIG IS MY FAVERIT.


Joannie Neveu 6 years ago

Hi,

I'm Joannie, I'm from Quebec. I'm have been doing some reasearch about pet pig for a little while now. I would like to have a micro mini or a Mini Juliana. Do you have some tof these? Where can we find you ? Is it possible to meet and ask all my questions ?


shawninbc 5 years ago

Hi, My partner and I live in Nanaimo, BC on Vancouver Island we have been looking and interested in adopting a pig and giving it a loving home for 3 years unsuccessfully. We haven't had luck finding anyone who has any for sale or adopting and will ship to us. Can you help ? shawninbc@hotmail.com


savanna 5 years ago

hello my name is savanna and my mom is interested in buying me a pig, would u sell me one for under 130$? i have a safe home and lots of acredge


madison 5 years ago

hey, i have always wanted a mini pig..... iam 12.., its very hard to find those types of pigs, do you have any left? iam from Penticton BC. also, would you ship?

thanks. :)


Zoe 5 years ago

Hey I am wondering if there is any difference between a teacup pig and a micro mini pig. I was reading some websites and one of them said that teacup pigs grew into a regular sized pig which is really big. Is this true. I am also wondering if the website was wrong which pig would be smaller because I really want a small cute pig.

Thankyou :)


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lbowen444 5 years ago from Victoria, BC Author

Yes, they can be shipped via Air Canada and West Jet. Here is an article about the different sizes: http://www.micropigscanada.com/index.php?option=co...


Pud 5 years ago

Hey how much for those pigs?it really hard to find out the sellers honestly i want one of those so freaking bad.

How big it is when this pig grown up?Im come from Thailand,bkk.


leia and maddie 5 years ago

hi we are looking for mini pigs and were woundering how much they would be... hopfuly around 0-$200 thanks (:

please email me at maddie_is_kool@hotmail.com or leiaxoxo@live.ca


Kami Ray 5 years ago

We are wanting a pigglet. We live in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Wondering if you could gives a call at 403-504-1003. We would be the perfect fit for a little pigglet in our family.Hope to hear from you soon


Ashley 5 years ago

Hi, we live in a large apartment in Toronto. We have a rescue cat that is declawed. Would a pig be a suitable companion for her? Lexi (our cat) doesn't love other cats but really likes dogs so we're hoping that a pig would be a good fit for her.

Thanks so much!


Sarahlee 5 years ago

Hello, my room-mate and myself have been looking for a Minipig to add to are apartment how much are your piglets?

you can email me at

smallishbear9@yahoo.com


Angela 5 years ago

Hello, im looking to buy a teacup pig/minipig, and wondering what are the price ranges?


april 5 years ago

i love these teacup piglets arnt they ccccccUTE I WISH I CAN HAVE ONE


shianne 5 years ago

hello, im VERY interested in buying a teacup pig. i have done a lot of research on them. if you could email me with the details and prices that would be great!

shianne.aisha@live.ca

Thanks so much, looking very forward to hearing from you.


Laura 5 years ago

We are looking for a micro pig, we live in winnipeg. how much would this cost?


emilee  5 years ago

i really would like one within the next year , when there is more you should email me :) emileemuise@hotmail.com thanks


amanda 5 years ago

hi i was wondering where abouts i could get one? and how much they are? please email me back with details. thank you

moller--@hotmail.com

amanda


coolmike 5 years ago

these pigs are so cute but how much are they? Would they be good with 11 year olds? please email me at charlieslanetz@yahoo.com


Rachel 5 years ago

I've wanted a teacup pig for so long but i can never find one that is available close to home (i live in calgary AB) for a reasonable price. I was wondering ifyou can get any pigs in the colour of pink. how much would they be?

PLEASE PLEASE email me at rachelvans@hotmail.com

thankyou :)


Linda 5 years ago

e-mails can be sent directly to me at info@micropigscanada.com

Warm regards,

Linda


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lbowen444 5 years ago from Victoria, BC Author

Please visit our site directly for information on pricing, availability and care: http://www.micropigscanada.com


K8e 5 years ago

Hi

I love the piggies sooooo much!!! I am trying to convince my mom to let me have one. I think I want a black and white one and name it Bella!!!


K8e 5 years ago

Also, can we own mini pigs in the city? We own land on the countries but were not there at night. I want one sssooo much!!!!


may 5 years ago

hi! i want to get a teacup piggy for my mom !

reasonable price , any colour, a baby perferably but i'll take anything :) i live in Canada, e-mail me please!

xo.megan.xo_14@hotmail.com


sophie.penney11 5 years ago

is it legal to own a mini pig in city limits and if so do they live outside or inside with my family


kristen  5 years ago

your pig lives inside with you i am 13 and i have a micro mini they are amazing you take them outsiide to play and go for walks but they do live inside like most dogs and cats :)


jenni rose 5 years ago

hi im very interested i live in victoria bc ,

my email is jenniirose@hotmail.com please message me with details .


Mikala Cheel 5 years ago

Hi, I was wondering how much is your micro pigs? And where you are exactly in Canada. I am from Ontario. I have done all my research, but i just cant find a little piggy fit to my cost, i would prefer something under 200 $. I would also prefer a black one :)


Brye-ann 5 years ago

Hi I am only 11 years old and my mother says she will get me a teacup pig when they come to Canada but she totally forgot I see people are offering around 200? Well Im sure my mother would offer about 400/500 And i am dying for one I have a cat and a dog but my cat doesn't do anything and my dog is very loveable and friendly around any animal except her own kind but she says I might not get it till christmas is that ok? And my mom doesn't know about this yet but I will tell her ? And when she does i will comment again my email is breezy6@gmx.com!


Brye-ann 5 years ago

Oh and can they be shipped to canada bc Parksville? Where i live And!!! Email me plz not comment back I wont be able to check here again breezy6@gmx.com thanks! I have done ALOT of research on teacup pigs and I have been looking and researching for over a year :)


Kimberly Anne Lum 5 years ago

Hey there,

I'm from Toronto, Ontario and i'm extremeley interested in getting one of these great little guys! I'm currently moving into a new loft so it would be great to see if I could get one before christmas so he can get settled in as my family and I do! Please email me back at kimberlyannelum@hotmail.com


Dawn 5 years ago

Hello my family is looking for a teacup pot belly pig as a family pet. We live near Vancouver BC and we were wondering where abouts you live and how much your asking for one of them. If you could contact me back at dawn.a.archer@gmail.com we would be very thankful. Thank you.


Chelsey 5 years ago

Hi there. im very interested!! i live in saskatchewan and i would like to get one. where abouts do i look?? can i please have any info you can provide?? thank you

sleddin_citychick03@hotmail.com


kaley 5 years ago

Hi, my name is kaley. later in the future I am looking forward to having a little micro piglet! They are so adorable! i was just wondering what they eat, and if they get along well to other animals?


Lindy 5 years ago

Hi there, I live in Vancouver area and I am also interested in purchasing a pet pig. The smallest one I can get preferably. My email address is lplocktis@hotmail.com, please contact me!


Hailee 5 years ago

please email me;

candycane1995@hotmail.com

been looking for ever. deffinately interested!


amember213 5 years ago

i just love your pigs to pieces. would you be able to send me a price list as next year i plan on buying a place in the country and would love to have a small pig. one of the large ones would be nice too but can you immagine it in the house.lol if i have to that is what i will get but hopefully i can get a small one. thanks a million. regards rhea


alexekiert 5 years ago

I am very interested in buying a micro pig, if you could send me an email with prices i would really apreciate it,

these are the cutest pets ever !!!

1ale@queensu.ca


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lbowen444 5 years ago from Victoria, BC Author

for more info on our pigs and purchasing info please visit our website at www.micropigscanada.com, or our facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Micro-Juliana-Pigs-...


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lbowen444 5 years ago from Victoria, BC Author

I get about 5 e-mails per day from people asking for a 20lb adult pig ... THEY DON'T EXIST PEOPLE !!! why is everyone focused on weight? when do we ever buy an animal and base it's value on it's weight if we are not eating it? Mini pigs are pigs under 16" tall, but can vary in weight based on lineage and bone. Just like mini horses, when I bought 2, I never thought of weight, just height ... what is this obsession with weight and pigs ??? I have one here that weighs 35 and another that weighs 80 ... nobody can tell the difference because they are the same height and one just looks rounder, but you would never guess that much of a weight difference ... it just concerns me because fickle people that want a "purse pig" will be the same ones that toss them away to a shelter or worse when they exceed a certain weight, ridiculous !!! This is another reason that I prefer farm homes and people that appreciate a pig as a pig, not as an exotic pet. If you want a pig as a pet, please study their temperament, needs and how they look as an ADULT, please don't focus on a cute baby piglet, ALL babies are cute.


pebbles 4 years ago

are micro pigs hard or not to look after

they are so cute . i love them .


Savannah 4 years ago

Hi my name is savannah and I have a 7 month old teacup potbelly gilt. I live in west Virginia and I want to breed her because so many people want her and keep bugging me to breed her and I was wandering if you know any one who has an older male for sale I don't want a baby I want one closer to her age Thank you carmansavannah@yahoo.com


Rebecca 4 years ago

hey im looking to get one i live in abbotsford BC im jus cant find where to get one.


carole 4 years ago

looking for micro pig Alberta


kelsey jeddore 4 years ago

how much do it cost to but the cute little pigs


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lbowen444 4 years ago from Victoria, BC Author

for information on purchasing please contact us directly at info@micropigscanada.com


Brooke:D :D :D 4 years ago

I love pigs and I have been researching them night and day! I would love to have a mini teacup pig! I live in Kamloops , is it still possible that I can purchase one!?:) thanks !


bumblebaby2000@yahoo.com 4 years ago

hey i dont know why i looked up this website. i mean they are great pics but i want a dog. i want pigs but they dig out. if i got a teacup pig it would have to be outside bcuz my mother hates animals. the thing that she really let me have an animal inside was may 3,2012 bcuz earlier today i found out that the baby rabbit that my golden retriver/pyreness mix draged up died. my grandfather said that she would throw her up in the air then he would fall to the ground then he would try to run then jesse would chase after him then do it all over again


JuliaMayor 4 years ago

Hey I was interested in buying a miniature pig, I live on Vancouver Island. Let me know if this is possible, thanks!!

Julia.mayor@hotmail.com


Gillian 4 years ago

Hi there I am very interested in finding the perfect micro mini for my family. If you could let me know if you have any coming available that would be awesome!


Sierra 4 years ago

How do I get a micro pig in Calgary AB ?


Jamie 4 years ago

hi! I have bin looking for a miniature pig for years now....i live in Haliburton Ontario...was wondering how i could purchase one?


taylor 4 years ago

hi ther i have wanted a small pig for my whole life and i was wondering if i could purchase one i live in calgary alberta let me know. Thanks taylor.....


kelsie 3 years ago

hi i am kelsie and love those little micro piglets!!!! but i have some questions that need to be answered ... can they live outside ... can u feed them milk...can you just feed them vegies or and greens and fruits ... i am 11 years old and want some company at my dads new house !!! oh! and can i buy one of the micro piglets for less then 800 dollars ... PLEASE reply .... kelsieyoyo@hotmail.com


May may 3 years ago

Gim me a pig


Johnk326 2 years ago

Farmville farms even include free gift that is especially designed for the neighbors on their farm visit. fgcdkekfeked


Sadie 19 months ago

Can u show me a picture of a full grown micro teacup pig compared to a full grown human because I'm thinking about getting one as an indoor pet. I also have heard that u have to use a halter instead of a collar to walk them. Do you know what type of food they eat and are they friendly and like to sleep with people under covers.

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    We love our piggies!

    Chloe - mama to be!
    Chloe - mama to be!

    The Proper Mindset ~ The Gentle Path

    Before you begin training, consider the following ...

    The Book: Kinship with All Life by J. Allen Boone and was written in 1954.

    QUOTE..."you must first understand the distinction between training an animal and educating one. Trained animals are relatively easy to turn out. All that is required is a book of instructions, a certain amount of bluff and bluster, something to use for threatening and punishing purposes, and of course the animal. Educating an animal, on the other hand, demands keen intelligence, integrity, imagination and the gentle touch, mentally, vocally and physically.

    The most significant difference between training and educating an animal lies in the matter of emphasis. It depends on whether one places emphasis on the mental or the physical part of the animal. The conventional trainer, following traditional and rigid patterns, places his emphasis almost entirely on the physical. As long as his animal looks its best and obeys orders promptly, he is satisfied. This method is limiting to the animal and stereotyped in its results.

    The conventional trainer starts from a negative premise. He assumes that he is working with a dumb and inferior form of life which even at its best can go only so far in intelligence and accomplishments because of its "limited brain capacity." If he happens to be working with a dog, his primary ambition is so to dominate the animal that it will be completely subservient to him, obey his every command and treat him with idolatrous attention at all times. It is as though he were constantly saying to the dog: "Now don't forget, you down there, that I am your lord and master! So follow and do everything I say, or else!"

    Most of the animals that man has used to serve his own selfish ends down through the centuries have been products of this training-without-educating system. A minimum of intelligence and a maximum of force are employed in order to compel blind obedience. In professional circles this is known as the "make 'em or break 'em" technique. The animal's resistance is so broken down and its spontaneity and initiative so dulled that it supinely does whatever the trainer demands. With its thinking and natural impulses walled off, it becomes a four-legged slave, submissively serving the moods and whims of the human ego that is playing God to it.

    The animal educator does just the reverse of all this. Moving into the situation with insight and intuition, he places full emphasis on the mental rather than on the physical part of the animal. He treats it as an intelligent fellow being whose capacity for development and expression he refuses to limit in any direction. He knows that the animal's appearance, actions and accomplishments are only the outward expressions of its state of mind. He seeks to help the animal make use of its thinking faculties, so that there will be corresponding results in its looks, character and actions....."

    What is the real story when it comes to the size of the "miniature" pigs.

    There is a lot of information, mostly negative, about this miniature pig world. The biggest reason is people's perception of what a "mini" pig is. We would like to sort out the facts vs. fiction on this hotly debated topic.

    First of all, let's start at the beginning ... pigs have been a food source forever (not in this house!) hence, bigger is better! The quickest way we can get the hog to market, so we put them on fattening diets, breed them into bigger and bigger pigs, so that we can have a food source at the lowest price possible (younger and bigger = less expense to raise and feed)

    In the 1980s miniature pigs were brought into the United States as pets. Miniature pigs generally weigh less than 150 pounds (68 kg) and stand less than 21 inches (53 cm) at the withers (compared to 300–600 pounds (140–270 kg) for many pigs with some growing as large as 1,000 pounds (450 kg))

    But what about those of us that know that pigs are not food?, that they are animals, HIGHLY intelligent animals to be exact ~ 3rd most intelligent after the chimpanzee and dolphin, easy to train, sweet and family oriented. Well, we don't want big market hogs, even though they are just as lovable .. they just are too hard on the sofa and an 600lb friend is hard to have on your lap and forget about a dog door that will work, you will need to remove the entire door! Pigs in all sizes are wonderful, but if we want them as pets, we obviously need smaller pigs. And this is where our journey starts ...

    The quest for the smaller, "miniature" pigs began and what appeared was the Vietnamese Pot Belly pig ... much smaller than his cousins, only tipping the scales at 150 - 200 lbs ... from 2/3 to 3/4 smaller, but the problem was, 200 lbs is still a lot of pig and most ended up going to petting zoos, sanctuaries, slaughter and farms.

    Over the last 20 years, a smaller pig has emerged through selective breeding and cross-breeding to produce a smaller breed developed for scientific laboratory research (sad) which has resulted in another public surge in the pet market. Finally people can have a smaller (under 65 lb) pig as a pet!

    The breeds:

    Here are the basic breeds of the "miniatures" that are used in breeding programs to produce smaller laboratory pigs and the currently popular pet pigs, teacup, micro and mini micro pigs (these are not recognized breeds and are more for size reference than anything):

    Miniature Vietnamese Potbellied Pigs - These miniature pigs represent probably the most popular breed adopted today. They have an appealing appearance and docile disposition. Their exaggerated potbellies and swayed backs (a sign of overfeeding in other animals) are completely normal and healthy. Their average height is about 14 inches and their average weight about 50 pounds.

    Juliani (Painted Miniature) Pig - These little guys are truly diminutive, averaging about 10-16 inches and weighing 15-50 pounds. Like the potbellied pig, they have a gentle disposition. They also love to play with toys.

    African Pygmy or Guinea Hog - Truly Lilliputian, these miniature pigs weigh in at an average of 20-40 pounds and reach an average height of 14 to 22 inches. They are active, alert and highly intelligent. In contrast to the potbellied pigs, African Pygmies have straight backs. They bond quickly to their humans and love to be close to their favorite people.

    Yucatan (Mexican Hairless) Pig - These mini pigs come in both a small and not so small model. The larger breed can run upwards of 200 pounds while the smaller variety averages between 50 and 100 pounds. They grow to 16-24 inches in height.

    Ossabaw Island Pig - Averaging 14-20 inches and 25-90 pounds, Ossabaw’s have a fantastic temperament, bond well with humans and are very bright. These guys live up to 25 years so you’re practically adopting a child and raising him through college as much as buying a pet.

    So, you want one as a pet, how do you choose?

    The biggest factor when considering a pig as a pet in regards to size is how it will live. If you happen to live in an urban setting that allows pigs as pets, you would want to find the smallest size as possible as this pig will live in your house with you, with outdoor access much like a dog (walking on leash and yard space) If this is you, you will have to be prepared to spend the most money as smaller is rarer and more money. You would choose the "micro" or "mini micro" sizes.

    If you want a pet pig and live in a place that would allow you to create a nice outdoor habitat, a cozy, draft free and weatherproof house, yard, wallow and so forth ... then you can go with a bigger miniature like a mini potbelly or micro, which should give you a pig that matures to 65 lbs max (of course we are not talking about people that feed their pigs junk food as a daily diet and expect them to stay small, ANY animal, including us, will get heavier) This will keep the purchase price down, but if this is going to be an outdoor animal, it MUST have company, pigs are not solitary animals and it is cruel to keep them alone. You could choose from any size, including the traditional miniature pot belly which has really come down in price, although we do not breed them ourselves.

    One thing to keep in mind: genetics are tricky, even with the most meticulous breeding, the odd one will exceed it's estimated genetic potential ~ we are the same, ever see a 6'7 son out of average sized parents, YES !! That being said, the miniature pig is getting smaller, so much so, that new breeds are being formed and soon to be recognized as such. Until then, the quest continues, supply and demand rule our world and diminutive pigs demand the biggest price but also give the most benefit in regards to fitting into our urban environments.

    Buyer beware, like anything, there are those that will be happy to sell you an adorable "piglet" and then run away as your pig grows and grows and grows! Only purchase from breeders that can assist you through the entire process, introduce you to the parents, give you the facts and offer post purchase support for the life of the pig. Although nobody can give a guarantee on size, (except God) a good breeder can help you find the best pig to fit your lifestyle and when Mother Nature plays a trick on us, they can be there to support you.

    Article source: www.micropigscanada.com

    What is the real story when it comes to the size of the "miniature" pigs - "tea cup pig" "micro pig" and "miniature pig".

    There is a lot of information, mostly negative, about this miniature pig world. The biggest reason is people's perception of what a "mini" pig is. We would like to sort out the facts vs. fiction on this hotly debated topic.

    First of all, let's start at the beginning ... pigs have been a food source forever (not in this house!) hence, bigger is better! The quickest way we can get the hog to market, so we put them on fattening diets, breed them into bigger and bigger pigs, so that we can have a food source at the lowest price possible (younger and bigger = less expense to raise and feed)

    In the 1980s miniature pigs were brought into the United States as pets. Miniature pigs generally weigh less than 150 pounds (68 kg) and stand less than 21 inches (53 cm) at the withers (compared to 300–600 pounds (140–270 kg) for many pigs with some growing as large as 1,000 pounds (450 kg))

    But what about those of us that know that pigs are not food?, that they are animals, HIGHLY intelligent animals to be exact ~ 3rd most intelligent after the chimpanzee and dolphin, easy to train, sweet and family oriented. Well, we don't want big market hogs, even though they are just as lovable .. they just are too hard on the sofa and an 600lb friend is hard to have on your lap and forget about a dog door that will work, you will need to remove the entire door! Pigs in all sizes are wonderful, but if we want them as pets, we obviously need smaller pigs. And this is where our journey starts ...

    The quest for the smaller, "miniature" pigs began and what appeared was the Vietnamese Pot Belly pig ... much smaller than his cousins, only tipping the scales at 150 - 200 lbs ... from 2/3 to 3/4 smaller, but the problem was, 200 lbs is still a lot of pig and most ended up going to petting zoos, sanctuaries, slaughter and farms.

    Over the last 20 years, a smaller pig has emerged through selective breeding and cross-breeding to produce a smaller breed developed for scientific laboratory research (sad) which has resulted in another public surge in the pet market. Finally people can have a smaller (under 65 lb) pig as a pet!

    The breeds:

    Here are the basic breeds of the "miniatures" that are used in breeding programs to produce smaller laboratory pigs and the currently popular pet pigs, teacup, micro and mini micro pigs (these are not recognized breeds and are more for size reference than anything):

    Miniature Vietnamese Potbellied Pigs - These miniature pigs represent probably the most popular breed adopted today. They have an appealing appearance and docile disposition. Their exaggerated potbellies and swayed backs (a sign of overfeeding in other animals) are completely normal and healthy. Their average height is about 14 inches and their average weight about 50 pounds.

    Juliani (Painted Miniature) Pig - These little guys are truly diminutive, averaging about 10-16 inches and weighing 15-50 pounds. Like the potbellied pig, they have a gentle disposition. They also love to play with toys.

    African Pygmy or Guinea Hog - Truly Lilliputian, these miniature pigs weigh in at an average of 20-40 pounds and reach an average height of 14 to 22 inches. They are active, alert and highly intelligent. In contrast to the potbellied pigs, African Pygmies have straight backs. They bond quickly to their humans and love to be close to their favorite people.

    Yucatan (Mexican Hairless) Pig - These mini pigs come in both a small and not so small model. The larger breed can run upwards of 200 pounds while the smaller variety averages between 50 and 100 pounds. They grow to 16-24 inches in height.

    Ossabaw Island Pig - Averaging 14-20 inches and 25-90 pounds, Ossabaw’s have a fantastic temperament, bond well with humans and are very bright. These guys live up to 25 years so you’re practically adopting a child and raising him through college as much as buying a pet.


    The miniature pig sizes:

    The sizes being mentioned on the net, which are not breeds but a combination, are the following:

    "Potbelly Pig": 18 - 26" weigh up to 200 lbs

    "Miniature Potbelly Pig": 16 - 18" weigh up to 100 lbs

    "Tea cup Pig": 16" and under This size is just another name for a smaller pot bellied pig. Most pot bellies are black, black and white and a few are pink with a gray butt.

    "Toy Pig": 14 - 16" (Can be a combination of two breeds) They will be many different colors as well to include chocolate, spotted, pink, and red.

    "Micro pig": 12 - 16" This is a new breed in itself, you will notice a different body type than the potbellies and a longer, squared off nose., straight back, smaller tummy and longer leg. This is what we breed. They are also weigh less than pot belly pigs, which makes them easier to handle.

    "Mini Micro Pig": 15" and under, same as the micro in looks but smaller. The true ones that stay this small are very rare. We will have mini micro pigs in 2011.

    "Mini Juliana Pig": 11 - 14" This is a breed in itself. Unlike the pot bellies the Juliana is very delicate boned and has a long nose and always has spots. Also knows as the painted pig or spotted Juliana. This is the smallest of all of the mini breed but many do not like it's purebred look, we cross them to micros to get the smooshed in nose people want. Juliana pigs are an important part of our breeding program, they bring incredible color and the refined body to the party, purebreds are also very rare. Even if you get a 14 or 15 inch tall pig (which is still very small) it will be mostly because of the longer legs and the body is finer so they do not get as heavy.

    Typical growth from a piglet to adult:

    Year 1 - fastest growth phase, newborn piglets are similar in size in all breeds, they gain weight very fast, up to a pound a week for miniatures, more for the larger breeds. They grow 70% of their final height in this year.

    Year 2 - growth slows down, most have reached their adult height by 18 months, muscle and fat accumulate. Starting year 2, diet should be carefully watched to avoid excessive weight gain, this is a major problem for pet pig owners. A pig that can be healthy and fit at 45 lbs, can easily double that and more with fat gain ... but what comes with that is diabetes, hoof disorders, arthritis, blindness and more. Keep your pig fit! (and of course, NOT underfed either, you should never see ribs or hips bones on a pig) A pig can grow inches taller just because of body fat increases, they gain weight on the top line first, then tummy and jowl. Fat around the face, rolls on sides and a very round rump are signs of an overweight pig. Evaluate your pig like you would your dog in terms of body condition.

    Year 3 and 4 - Miniature pigs are considered adults, weight gain needs to be monitored as bored pigs are hungry pigs, they also do not need as many calories, grazing and exercise is very important at this stage to keep them moving ... once pigs are fully grown and not active, they will get slower, sleep more often and gain weight ... this is up to you as an owner to do things with your pig other than have it live in a pen doing nothing, unless it has lot's of room to roam and companionship it needs something to do. Pigs that have to live in mud pens and eat slop twice a day is not a happy life.


    ~ please note, these size references are general guidelines and can vary, just like us, genetics vary and we can only estimate. For height, pigs are measured from the ground up to the top of the shoulder.

    Article source: www.micropigscanada.com

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