Adorable, snuggly and wildly intelligent, pigs are growing in popularity as pets. They’re clean, friendly and can easily learn new tricks, leading many pig fans to say they’re smarter than their dogs! Pigs are also known for being affectionate — when they’re with another pig they constantly “talk” to each other and love to cuddle, and they’ll often form the same sort of friendships with their favorite humans.
Did you know?
There is actually no such thing as a “mini pig.” But the growing popularity of pigs has meant they are sometimes taken advantage of. Many breeders will advertise their pigs as “mini pigs” or “teacup pigs.” However, the cute, puppy-sized pigs you see advertised as “mini pigs” are usually piglets or sometimes even older pigs who are starved to look small. Most pigs who are sold as “mini pigs” are actually potbellied pigs — who can grow to be 100 to 250 pounds as adults.
Because of this, a lot of people buy pet “mini pigs” or “teacup pigs” thinking they’ll stay small, but quickly realize they’re in over their heads when their pig doesn’t stop growing — or when their growing pig’s mischievous, stubbornly playful personality comes out! Because of this, a lot of so-called “mini pigs” are abandoned and left at shelters once they outgrow their baby stage.
If you think you can open your home to a pet pig, make sure you do your research and look for a local animal shelter or pig rescue that has former “mini pigs” for adoption rather than go to a breeder. As long as you’re prepared, you’ll be rewarded with an intelligent, loving pet who will keep you on your toes (in the best way possible)!
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