So You Want A Teacup Pig
A Teacup Pig By Any Other Name
So you want a Teacup Pig. Sometimes known as miniature pigs, micro pigs, but always known as pigs. Rightfully so; these pets are hungry constantly and at times I think they would eat their owners if they were not so worried about who would feed them when they were done. Believe it or not I am a big fan and that sentence is actually a tribute to the mini pigs’ intelligence. They are very trainable. They make wonderful pets for people who live in the city or have an apartment.
Micro Pigs are very trainable
With a little effort you can litter train them and they love to take walks on a leash. Like most other pets, they do need exercise. You will want to find a safe place for them as dogs of all sizes love pork and the little guys have no way of defending themselves.
They learn basic obedience commands like sit, come, and stay very easily and you will learn quickly that they love to cuddle once they get attached to you. My little friend Pete even sits and watches TV with me. His favorite show is Ghost Hunters! He even knows what time it’s on!
Long Live the Teacup Pig!
One extremely important factor when considering a Teacup Pig for a pet is longevity. These micro pigs tend to live 15 to 20 years. That’s a long time to be responsible for another life. That said, if you’re like most pet lovers, you will quickly become very attached to your new friend and 15 to 20 years won’t seem like enough.
I will be making an area on this website where we can post pictures of our mini pig friends. I’m looking forward to showing you Pete. He’s quite the character!
Beware of Unscrupulous Breeders
One last thing I need to touch upon on the home page here before I start building the rest of this in Pete’s honor (of course) is another extremely important factor in picking out your Teacup Pig. Because they are so sought after, there are many, many unscrupulous breeders out there that will sell anything under the name of Teacup Pigs. I have heard of a couple places selling regular full-sized pot belly pigs as micro pigs when they’re small. Always, go out of your way to find a reputable breeder. Not just one either. Look over a couple or even 3 or 4 before you make your decision. I’m sure if you have a tiny apartment in the city you won’t care for a 200 lb pot belly pig running around eating everything in sight! So the due diligence is well worth it.
Most Teacup Pigs will be 15 to 30 lbs (some I’ve heard as much as 60lbs but these are either the exception or extremely overweight) and stand 14 to 16 inches high. That’s a far cry from what some breeders would love to sell you. Count on paying around $1500 from a good breeder. Be very suspicious of anyone selling Teacup Pigs for under $1000. The chances are pretty darn good you will end up with a pot belly pig. They are legally called miniature pigs so I can’t stress this fact enough; Find a good breeder and remember, if it seems too good to be true, it usually is.
- John Allen