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post #1 of 15 Old 07-05-2013, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking of Getting a Teacup Pig as a Pet

Im Thinking of Getting a Teacup Pig as a Pet and just wanted to know if there are any mini pig owners out there that are wanting to give some advice on owning one.

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post #2 of 15 Old 07-05-2013, 08:30 PM
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Regardless of what they say, most of these pigs will get fairly large, compared to the promised size. My co-worker rescues pigs and she will attest to this. The photos most show are juvenile pigs, and not full grown. The ones that really are tiny, are often dwarves with many health issues. She gets many pigs that "outgrow" the owners desires. They are often just thrown away to whoever will take them.

I would say that I, for one, would not support that questionable industry.
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I have done my research and i'm very well aware that the word 'teacup' is just used to describe the size of the piglet at birth and when full-grown will be about the size of a medium sized dog (50-100 lb) wich in some peoples eyes is not miniature but compared to there 800 lb+ cousins is very small for a pig.
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A friend took a runt piglet that was going to be disposed of. He started out small but once his growth spurt began there was no stopping him. He was huge at maturity.
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that was most likely due to the fact that he was a traditional pot bellied pig which can get to be around 300 lb whereas mini's will be about 40-100 lb
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Are you aware of the sheer destruction a 100lb pig can do?

Furthermore the "Teacup" pig was NOT named for it's size but because it was discovered they enjoyed drinking tea. A supposed miniature or teacup pig can get to be 350lbs!!! I butcher REAL pigs long before 350lbs and let me tell you, they aren't cute or "pets". They STINK, are beyond stubborn and can destroy anything they put their mind to.

Think goats are hard to contain? Get a PIG!
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A friend of mine got a pot bellied piglet. Or that's what it was sold to her as! Ends up, it's actually a real pig. If you can't tell the difference in the piglets, then don't get one unless you have room for your "Oopsy".
This piggy is lucky because he's always got a home on the farm.
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Please, add this to your research.

The truth about teacup pigs

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I don't want to sound like a "downer", but having a friend who ends up with unhealthy or unwanted pigs when they realize that they have been misinformed has shown me the really bad side of this "cutsie pig" market. You will be given STRICT feeding instructions with your micro-pig when you get it. This malnourishes the pig so that it becomes stunted and gives the pig lifelong health issues.

Again, I will urge you not to buy into this awful pig trade.
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We have two of these micro pigs. I recommend getting a female. Thy we're so cute as babies, and only about the size of a soda bottle.

The male is a territorial jerk. He is very protective of his horses, and appears to monitor the herd. If they are separated into different fields or if a mare is brought in,, he goes through the fence or under the gate to check on every one of them. He is not tamed in any way, though he is not afraid of us. He hangs in the barn, comes up for his breakfast, and keeps a watchful eye on everything. Occasionally we have to run him out of the barn if he starts popping his mouth at us, but he hasn't done anything beyond that as far as aggression. He is UGLY as sin too. He is lean and scruffy and muscular from running in the field all day. He sings little songs as he is doing his mare checks. It is cute.

The female is a real sweetheart. She doesn't really tolerate handling unless you have treats. If you have treats, she will sit and lay down and let you pet her, and I think mom might have taught her some othe tricks. She is typical fat piggy. She does not get a whole lot of food a day. She shares a tiny bit of grain with the male for breakfast, and just spends her day rooting in the fields at a slow walk, or sleeping in the hay. She is a lazy thing and chooses not to get the kind of exercise the male does. She is last from all of her rooting. She can pack up and run if startled, but prefers a slow waddle. She is a very pretty piggy.
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I've had my pot-bellied pig for 5 years and she is the sweetest thing! She is about 200lbs and there is not a mean bone in her body! She walks on a leash and is potty trained! I could not have asked for anything better than her! She loves getting her belly rubbed and rolls right over for it :)
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