Let's talk about "Mini" Pigs!
These cuties have taken hold of the internet and all of our hearts, but they might not be the tiny, sweet friend you've been expecting. So, what do you need to know before bringing home a pig?
First, and debatably, the most important thing for those of you wanting a mini pig is SIZE! Can I get a small pig? Yes, absolutely. The thing is, a mini pig is small compared to other pigs, not compared to your Pomeranian. A good, healthy weight for a mini pig is around 50-60lbs.
Pigs have a specific diet they have to stick to. They can't eat normal pig food. If you're going to feed them a pellet form of food be sure to feed a MINIATURE pig food, like the one pictured above! Pigs will eat if you feed them, so make sure to keep them on a schedule, otherwise you'll end up with a very fat piggy! That being said, pigs are very food driven and this can help with training.
Much like dogs, they are easy to potty train and can be trained to go outside or even to use a litter box.
Pigs do need regular vet checks and vaccinations, just like your other pets. Along with that, pigs do need their hooves trimmed. Some miniature pigs do grow tusks and some of those pigs do you need their tusks trimmed as well.
Pigs also get easily sunburned and have sensitive skin. Shade, mud and sunscreen are good things to help avoid skin problems.
Pigs have very large personalities, and often throw tantrums to get what they want. They are incredibly smart animals, and this can sometimes work against you.
A pig could be the perfect addition to your family, but the internet full of cute piggy smiles may be clouding your judgement.
As with any animal, be sure to do your research before making your final decision.
I hope this helped to answer some questions on mini pigs!
Thanks for reading!
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