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Raising Miniature Potbelly Pigs

Updated on March 23, 2011

Raising miniature potbelly pigs as pets has becoming increasingly popular. These miniature potbelly pigs make wonderful pets due to their high intelligence and affection.

North America has been introduced to miniature potbelly pig way back in 1985. They have their origins from Vietnam and China. These pigs have gained their popularity due to their cuteness, affectionate nature and high intelligence. The family would surely adopt these pigs because they are highly trainable.

There are a lot of pros and cons in raising miniature potbelly pigs. Their loyalty is without question, just like dogs. Just like men, pigs are social beings hence they are very loyal to their family. Though they have a healthy disposition, they can inflict unintentional damage due to their sharp teeth and powerful jaws. To avoid unintentional injuries, their sharp canine teeth should be extracted. If you have children or toddlers at home, you should think twice before raising a miniature potbelly pig.

These miniature potbelly pigs like to dig on earth, or “root.” They can be destructive at home because of their strong rooting instincts. A good way to satisfy these natural instincts is to provide a place in the yard where they can satisfy their rooting urges. You can also try to train them to use a litter box considering they can be housebroken. Proper training at an early age is important so they can become good house pets.

 The devotion and commitment to a relationship takes a long time for their lifespan ranges from 4 years to 18 years. The typical miniature pot belly pig weighs 125 lbs., have black or brown complexion and have pointed ears and cloven hooves. Male potbellied pigs have long tusks that should be trimmed on a regular basis to avoid injuries. Miniature pot-bellied pigs have bad eyesight but they make it up with a tremendous sense of smell.

People consider miniature potbelly pigs as wonderful pets. They are clean, smart and loving creatures. They are very sensitive but there are times they can be headstrong and stubborn. With love and proper care, miniature potbelly pigs would give pet owners a long and fruitful relationship.

Better make sure you know enough about them before getting them as pets. Doing more research about pot belly pigs will help you decide if you want to own this type of pet.


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      Les Trois Chenes 6 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      I'd love to raise pigs as pets. Our local breed of pig in Limousin is the cul noir, or black bottom. It has been raised as a farmyard animal and apparently selected to be friendly and docile, but I think if they want to go one way and I want to go another, it'll be the pigs that win. Your miniatures sound like a better bet.