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Getting Ready To Buy A Teacup Pig

Updated on August 31, 2011

What To Consider Before Buying A Teacup Pig

Having a pet pig is unlike any other kind of pet you can own. As a pig owner myself, I can tell you that they can be a real handful, especially at first. I also know that a pig, whether it's a micro pig or a full sized potbelly, will continue to be a hurricane on hooves unless they receive the proper training. If you're even considering becoming a pig owner, there is a lot that you are going to need to know.

Pre-Purchase Considerations

Purchasing a pet is always a big decision. Essentially, you're bringing another member into your family. So, if you're thinking about adding a micro pig to your family, there are several considerations to make beforehand. Pigs can be a handful, so the more you know before you buy one, the happier you'll be with your new pet.

The first thing that you need to find out is whether or not you can own a pig in your area. A quick search through your city's webpage or a phone call to your zoning committee will let you know if pigs are permitted. If you rent or lease, you'll also have to check with your landlord about their rules regarding pets.

Am I Ready For A Teacup Pig?

After you know if you can own a pig, you'll then want to determine if you SHOULD own a pig. This is where you have to run through a list of questions to yourself.

- Do you have small children or other pets that may, even inadvertently, be aggressive or cause harm to your new pet?

- Is your home and yard large enough to accommodate a pig and will you be able to set up your home and yard to suit your pig?

- Are you willing to take care of a pet for upwards of 15 years?

These are just a few of the questions that you need to ask yourself to see if you're ready to welcome a pig into your family. Keep in mind that owning a teacup pig can be more difficult (albeit more rewarding) than your average cat or dog, so spend a lot of time thinking about this.

Preparing To Care For Your Pig

So, you've determined that you're ready to take care of your pig, but you're not going to be able to do it alone. A micro pig, just like any other household pet, is going to need a veterinarian. They need regular vaccinations and check-ups, and they will get sick from time to time. Unfortunately, not all vets are able to care for pigs. It's important to call your local vets to make sure that they can help you take care of your pig. It helps to call multiple veterinarians; not only to see if they can help your pig, but to also find someone that is reliable and you can trust.

Buying Your Pig!

With a ready home and care structure, it's now time to select your pig. Research will really help you here. You want to review your local nurseries and rescue operations carefully. Never be afraid to ask any questions that you have to the nursery workers. The more you know about the facility and the pigs themselves, the more informed of a decision you can make when its finally time to bring your new family member home.

Care To Share? - Tell us more about your pig training expectations and experiences.

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      Linda 16 months ago

      Do these pigs like mud too

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      Thalia 2 years ago

      Do pigs have to have a backyard? Because I live in a building and I don't have a backyard , but I could take it to the park I guess

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      jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

      If I got a pig I would definitely do my research and make sure they have a nice patch of mud outside to roll around in. I imagine not many vets would know how to take care of a pig since I don't think they're very common outside of farms.