Many people see mini-pigs and would love to have at least one. Yes, they are lovely pets, but they are not like dogs in various ways. First of all, pigs are generally much more intelligent than dogs and if you invest some time into training your pig, you will be surprised at what they are capable of doing!
But before buying them, please remember that mini-pigs, like all pigs, can live up to 20 years and that is a long time to look after a pet. And yes, pigs like to eat a lot and almost all the time, but you have to put a break on that and I like to recommend to feed them with a lot of greens, even grass and less grains or commercially available pig food, so your piggy is always in good shape.
I also think it’s a good idea to have a garden and a special hut or stable for your mini-pig, we bought a dollhouse once and that was absolutely ideal. Line the hut with some straw and let your pig find a space where it can do the necessary, they always tend to go back to the same place if it’s cleaned up regularly, so keeping everything clean and without smells should not be a problem. If there is a smell, get a spray bottle and put some vinegar into it and spray the hut and any other areas where smells may come from.
Many people like their mini-pigs to come into the house. If you want that then I think it’s a good idea to train your piglet to come in, have a wash or a bath and get it used to being picked up early in life. Generally pigs don’t like to be picked up and squeak, so being picked up should be the first training point.
If you think of having only one pig, get a female one as they are much more docile and friendly. And if you want to breed, get a couple and tell your male early in life who the boss is, they tend to forget that at times!
Please think carefully about breeding. Pigs can have up to 20 piglets and mini-pigs often have up to 6 or more. If you don’t know what to do with them, you may have to consider slaughtering the offspring if you can’t find new homes for them. This is the year 2012 and many people just don’t have the means to feed yet another big eater!
I hope this little mini-guide in mini-pigs will have answered some of your questions if you want to get one as a pet or if you want to breed them on a self-sufficiency farm. Mini-pigs only get up to 45 kg and that is still a lot of meat to process, but it’s possible, whereas I find it impossible to process a 200 kg pig.
Times may become tough, so we have a couple of mini-pigs, a couple of chickens and a couple of rabbits here to make sure that we will have meat if we need to produce ourselves. For the moment all our animals are pets and I really hope that it will stay like that.
And here’s a couple of videos I made of my mini-pigs! Enjoy!
My Mini-Pigs as Piglets
My Mini-Pig as Adults
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