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Do Miniature Pigs Make Good Pets?

Updated on January 13, 2012
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Miniature pigs can make wonderful pets for the right person. Not only are they incredibly intelligent, they are fun, loving, and playful additions to the right family. Make sure you do your research before choosing to adopt one of these pot bellied mischief makers.

  • Choosing the right pig

Once you've decided that a pig is right for you, how do you choose the right one? If size is important, make sure you either purchase a pig over four years of age, or get a size guarantee from the breeder or rescue you are buying from. Some breeds don't get very big, but others can overtake your home quite quickly. When you choose a pig, you're committing to yearly vet checkups for many years. Be sure you can afford to keep a pig before you bring one home. Pigs also need structure and schedule. If you can't provide that, maybe a pig isn't the right choice for you.

 

  • Habitat

Pigs can live in your home if you aren't a clean freak. The same way you find a three-year-old child getting into everything and making messes, your pig will explore and help himself into anything he chooses. They can be litter trained or house broken, the same as a dog, but you have to be consistent. They need a place to sleep, a place for food and water, and a place outside. It's important for them to have outside time every day. Pigs love water. Give them water to play in. If having a manicured yard is important to you, don't invite a pig into it. They like to make mud and root around in it. Be sure to keep him and his area clean to promote good health.

  • Food

Miniature pigs need special food made just for them. Check with your local feed store to make sure they carry it, or can get it in before you bring your pig home. Follow the requirements for the size of pig you choose.

Over time, you will learn that pigs are very loving and funny, and provide years of entertainment. They are very curious, and demanding, so a pig will surely keep you on your toes.

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      radgirl 5 years ago from Somewhere in outer space

      Pip-To find a pig, you should start by looking for local breeders. Go to your local feed store and start by asking there. A lot of times they will know who has them.

      Alex-Thanks for the info!

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      alex 6 years ago

      Hi Ive just started to breed miniature pigs and do believe them to be great pets! Ive worked around pigs all my life. i wouldn't advise getting a pig if you have limited space for them or a busy schedule! Pigs need a good routine and adequate space for movement or they can get a little grumpy! if you intend on keeping a pig in a cage in your house and letting it out once a day for a short time then a pig is not for you!i am more than happy to advise anyone the best i can!

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      Pip 6 years ago

      Hi, I'm currently researching the idea of having two small pigs. I have 4 children (ages 10, 7 4 and 15 months), 6 chickens, 4 guinea pigs and 2 rabbits. Unfortunately I'm allergic to dogs but have read that Pigs are 'non' allergic. Basically is my youngest child too young to bring 2 baby pigs into the house and how the heck do I go about finding a reputable breeder from whom I could get these pigs?

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      jake, again 6 years ago

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      jake 6 years ago

      i'm 7 and i want a pot bellied pig. i have 2 dogs 2 cats 2 toads 1 lizard 1 bird and 3 hamsters.so could anybody tell me about a pot bellied pig's behavor with the dogs and cats.

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      patdmania 7 years ago from waterford, mi

      I want a pig! They are so cool. I don't know what my neighbors would think!

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      Courtney 7 years ago

      Im 13 and i already have 2 dogs a 1 cat, are these pigs good around other animals?

      Is there any other kinds of pigs that are smaller that can still be house broken?

      how long do they live?

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      Ellie 7 years ago

      i'm 11 and i want a miniature pig. i already have a hamster we have a medium sized garden but i am at school from 8:30 until 4:00 but my mum gets home at 3:oo when i do get home i will be able to giv it all my attention, would a pig be ok for our lifestyle?

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      cb2556700 7 years ago

      I wrecken that miniature pigs are ssssssssssssssssssssssssooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo adorable:)

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      radgirl 8 years ago from Somewhere in outer space

      Olivia-sorry to hear about your rabbit trouble. Mini pigs are not known to have bad chewing habits. If you come across one that does, they are smart, and just need to be trained not to the same way you would train a dog not to chew on something.

      Usually if they are chewing on things, it's a sign that there's something wrong such as an internal parasite, or they are in heat.

      Good luck!

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      Olivia 8 years ago

      Ummm.... I'm 11 and I want a mini pig. We have rabbits and they ruin everything.Mum wants to know if they would chew (One of our rabbits once broke a big-screen tv and it took heaps of money to buy it).

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      radgirl 9 years ago from Somewhere in outer space

      This article blankets all miniature pig breeds. They can grow to 150lbs if you get a larger breed. They can be litterbox trained or potty trained to go outside on a leash. Training is about the same as a dog, although pigs are said to be more intelligent. The biggest difference is that dogs want to please their owners, pigs want to please themselves.

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      Jason Menayan 9 years ago from San Francisco

      These are Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs, right? I had heard George Clooney had one. How big do they get? Can they be potty trained (or use a litter box)?