The Designer Pet of Tomorrow: Teacup Piglets

And this little piggy went to Paris Hilton… With so many toy breeds going around in women’s purses, the latest miniature pet should come as no surprise: meet the Mini Pig.

I don’t know when it happened, but sometime in our recent history some people decided to have pigs for pets. For the most part, the breed of choice for pets is the pot-bellied pig. Well move over bacon, ‘cause now we’ve got something leaner.

Meet Tetley

These “Micro Mini” Pigs are sure to become the new rage. They are also known as Teacup Piglets because when they’re babies, they are small enough to fit in a teacup. These little piggies are from a rare New Zealand breed of pigs. They are officially called the Pennywell Miniature Pig, as they were first bred at the Pennywell Farm in Devon, England.

Just like anything new and trendy, expect to pay an arm and a leg. A little Micro Pig can cost you somewhere between 1000 to 2000 dollars in American, but you may be able to find them for as low as $300 in England.

Usually pigs have a bad reputation for being smelly and dirty and stubborn. Not exactly what you’d want in a pet. However, many people claim these mini pigs are affectionate and have the intelligence level similar to that of dogs. Do be warned that they are prone to laziness and aggression if not given proper exercise and socialization.

Other benefits: They have about as long of a lifespan as cats do. For the most part they are non-allergenic. Supposedly, they can be easily trained to use a leash and a litter box. And of course, another plus side… they do not bark.

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  1. Rebecca Butler

    On September 13, 2009 at 10:30 am

    How are these little guys going to be bred for the demand?… In a way that is going to be similar to “puppy mills”… mass quantities with the offspring being sold, while the mothers and fathers are kept in poor, abusive conditions living an entire life of hell????
    That is what comes to mind when I see things like this.
    We all know how greedy people are and will make a profit off anything at the expense of suffering and abuse of those who are innocent and states laws are so freaking weak on how they are treated it makes me sick!!! I am not thrilled with this new “trend” of pet… Once again, it is going to cause problems in the world of animal rescue… Wait and see….:(((((((((

  2. iearnonline

    On September 13, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    good article

  3. Irina

    On November 28, 2009 at 4:17 am


    I’m really interested in getting a mini pig, especially if they stay little. But if they stay small, how is their mom (in the video where they’re being breastfed) so big?

    Thank you!

  4. fddddddddddddd

    On December 3, 2009 at 12:05 am

    In reply to Rebecca Butler, the breeders are people who really care about their pigs, you can tell that. Just because people buy the pets they breed does not make them greedy, bad people.

  5. fdxxxxxxxxxxxx

    On December 3, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Also, they’re not being bred for the demand. Why do you think they’re so expensive? The mothers are probably well kept and the public have to wait for the next litter, by which time the prices are higher. There are waiting lists more than two years long. Do you call that being mass produced?

  6. Mandy

    On December 31, 2009 at 4:05 am

    Yeah, I think that the mother is only large because she just had a litter of piglets, similar to when after a human has a kid, they are kind of big for awhile. Plus, she had short legs, which tells me that if she slimmed down a bit, she’d be as small as they promised

  7. tomas

    On January 12, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Hi! Just wondering where i can get this little cute piglets? Anywhere in Scotland?!

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