• Teacup Pigs

  • So you want a teacup pig?

     

    Teacup pigs are a myth

    Teacup pigs are a myth. This is a piglet. He will grow up to be between 80-120 lbs.

    At Rooterville, over the past 25 years, we have taken in many “teacup pigs” after they have grown much larger than a breeder promised.  So we think we have good experience that can help you make the best decision for your family.  Please take a moment to check out what a “teacup” pig is, what to expect, how to care for them and how to make sure a pig is the right pet for you.

    First, can a breeder promise the size of a pig when grown and what happens if the pig exceeds the size they promise?

    A breeder is typically interested in one thing, getting you to part with your hard earned money to buy what you want.  People will pay crazy prices to get what they want, too!  So we recommend instead of supporting a breeder, why not rescue instead?  A rescue has every intention of putting the right pet into the right home and will likely adopt out an animal at a financial loss, just to make sure they get a great home.  A rescue will also be honest with you, if they feel a pig is not the right pet for you or your expectations are not grounded in reality, they will be honest enough to tell you.  Profit will be a breeder’s motive in finding a home, as long as the price is right, a sale will be made.

    Typically, when someone tells you to only feed a small amount of a particular kind of feed, a secret recipe, this is the first sign of danger.  Breeders will tell you to basically starve a pig to keep it small (teacup pig), that way, when you disobey this command, they can blame you for the animal getting bigger than they promised.  We know of one breeder who tells buyers to feed 1 TABLESPOON of feed twice a day!  Starving an animal, especially a pig whose world revolves around food, is criminal.  Hang the phone up on anyone who recommends small amounts of food.  Mazuri and Manna Pro make a quality mini pig pellet.  That is what your pet pig needs and the recommended feeding amounts will be listed on the bag.  Babies need more than adults and Mazuri even makes different formulas based on age.  We’ll talk about diet later.

    A pet pig is not full grown until it is 3 years of age.  At 1 year of age, it is about 2/3 the size it will be when grown.  Females can breed at 3 months of age and males, 8 weeks!  So don’t be surprised if you get to see parents of piglets who are very small.  That’s a common trick, showing parents that are not full grown themselves.

    An average “teacup pig” or mini pig will be 80-120lbs when grown.  There are some exceptions but they are few and far between.  An 80lb pig is about the size of a cocker spaniel and can be as large as a lab at the 120lb range.  If that is too big for you, then please adopt a dog or cat.  Beware of anyone making claims that their pigs will stay smaller than that!

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    After all of this, Is a Pet Pig Right for YOU?

    Some people are going to do whatever they want to do without listening to anyone’s advice.  Don’t let that be you.  Ask your friends and family about getting a pet pig, see what their reaction is.  Do your homework!

    Let me say this one extremely important thing to you before you run out and get your teacup pig…..  In the event you can no longer keep that pig, what will you do with it?  What if it gets too big for you to handle?  What if you move, get married, get divorced, have kids, go to college or any one of the hundreds of excuses people have to dump an animal they expected to have forever???  Then what?

    Here is the truth:  THERE ARE FEW, IF ANY, OPTIONS FOR ADULT PET PIGS ANYMORE!!!!!  Did you get that?  When you can no longer, for whatever reason, keep your pet pig, there is nowhere for him or her to go.  NO WHERE.

    Do you know what that means?  You’re going to put your ad on Craigslist or SwipSwap or any one of the free ad places out there and you’re going to get a whole bunch of interest but not from folks wanting a used pet pig to be a pet!  People scour these places looking for a pig for their BBQ or freezer, dog bait (oh yes, people love to watch dogs tear a live pig to bits, its great family fun these days especially in the South!), target practice or even snake food!  Is that what you want for your pet?  Call your local shelters or animal control agency and ask if they take pet pigs, ask what they do with them when they get them.  Many places actually AUCTION THEM OFF to the highest bidder.   If they humanely euthanize them, they are in the minority.  Some will even let employees take them home to butcher them.  Nice….  But reality!

    Sanctuaries are full because too few people do their homework or understand what a lifetime commitment is.  They want something like it’s a toy to be thrown away when the cuteness wears off.  Unfortunately, few people see the value in supporting a sanctuary so space is always limited.  So please THINK carefully, before getting any “pet”, about what you’re going to do when you have to get rid of it or if you’re the kind of person who will stick by that animal through thick and thin.

    Here are some questions for you, if you answer “yes” to any of them, a pet pig is probably not the right pet for you.  Trust the truth!

    Do you have small children or plan on having kids?

    Did you want the pig to live solely in the house/apartment?

    Is your yard beautifully landscaped and maintained:

    Is your yard un-fenced?

    Do you have dogs that like to play?  Especially large dogs?

    Does it bother you to have an animal scream at the top of its lungs when being handled?

    Do you want a pet who will play with you?

    Do you want a pet who will take walks and go places with you?

    Do you want a pet you can take to the vet by yourself?

    Having a pet pig is like having a wild deer for a pet in many ways.  They may bond with you and be a great friend but at the end of the day, they are a wild animal and they will revert to their instincts to protect themselves, even from you.  They will run when frightened and will not come when called.  They are difficult to train for the average person.  Pigs are aggressively territorial.  They need room to be a pig and forage and express their natural instincts to be happy.  They will always do best with another pig for their companion.  Pigs are great pets for the right people, but terrible choices for most!  Visit a sanctuary and spend some time with pigs to be sure they are for you!  Please support your local sanctuaries, they are the only hope for these wonderful animals!

 

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