- Fixing a piglet young for example will keep them smaller due to hormones.
- Sows who have babies will gain weight with every litter they have, and will grow larger then normal having a litters and needing more food then pigs as pets.
- Mini pigs kept mainly indoors will result in a smaller pig vs. your outdoor all day grazing pigs. (My friends sister-pig to my sows is half the weight only owning 1 pig, 100% indoors, on a strict healthy diet for example, 29 pounds maintained weight 2.5 years old)
- Good healthy diets of a low fat pellet and veggies will result in a smaller pig vs. fatty foods and dog foods. We feed our pigs Mazuri Mini Pig Pellet, which is specifically formulated for mini pigs, low in fat.
- Beware of largerer mill breeders who have tiny pigs that are caged instead of pets, caged pigs will stay smaller as they are only given a small amount of food and have access to no treats, grass, or training. As well, beware of breeders having too many pigs and litters to handle. You want your baby HEALTHY and HAND HELD daily.
- Owners are ultimately responsible to feed their pigs a proper and strict diet, because of their constant demands. Over feeding your pig can drive their passion further. We do encourage 2-3 smaller feedings a day coupled with vegetables, 100% oats, and occasional fruit. Lots of healthy snacks are encouraged!!! I cannot handle a hungry animal, it really bothers me!
Our Teacups- Teacups mini pigs are the largest of all mini pigs and are essentially miniature potbelly pigs. Don't let the name fool you, they are not tiny and will NOT fit in a teacup full grown. You get an occasional runt or a pig with a non-varying lifestyle which can result in a smaller teacup in the micro size range, but it is unlikely most of the time. We are trying to get away from this name as they are essentially miniature potbelly pigs and can have varying weights, due to genetics and the factors including the list above. Our teacups on average will range in the 65-85 pounds full grown and 16-18 inches and 22-28 inches long. You can compare them to a medium size dog as far as height and seem much smaller then their poundage, when comparing to a dog as their bones and muscles are 3x times more dense. Breeders are typically heavier then their offspring, because they are not fixed, have litters which add weight and they need to be fed 50% more, graze as much as they want, are NEVER caged, well fed and trained with lots of treats, communally fed, and steal eggs from our chickens and fruit from our trees. We do not try and keep our breeders smaller, so our breeders are on the larger size and you can expect your one pig as a pet to be smaller then our parents. Mini pigs are a very dense weight and stand anywhere from 16-18 inches short. They can be compared to an American Bulldog and are not tall. So they sound larger then they are, but are very muscular and dense. I find teacups to be a perfect size for most homes, especially those with animals, a large backyard or acreage, kids, etc. Although mini pigs can have happy life's indoors and in small homes as well.
Our Micros- We have Micro Mini pigs and a mix of micro-teacup pigs. We can only estimate their full grown size according to their grandparents height and weight coupled with comparing their growth to our teacups, as our micros are not yet full grown, which you can gauge by year 2 better as all pigs grow until 3-5 years old. They are much smaller then our mini pots and much slower to grow, their bodies and frames are more slender, but will still be in the 40-50 pound range roughly when full grown, and the taller they are the heavier they will be. Their bodies and bone structure are much leaner than a mini pot (aka teacup) and they do not have the potbelly. Micros are easier to hold throughout the duration of their lives and the bonding experience can be greater as a result of the close affection. They originated in Europe and they where bred down for easier use in the laboratory for testing using different breeds of pigs. We have blogs explaining where each type of pig was originated.
How do I know what size of a pig I am buying and How can I TRUST a breeder?
To me this is a very simple question to answer, as we have been in the market buying mini pigs ourselves and I believe we follow very responsible breeder practices. If you follow my lead here on what to look for in a great breeder, I believe you will be extremely happy for decades to come with your pet mini pig.
- First and foremost, a GREAT breeder will always have you sign a contract! In fact the most important part of our contract is, that in the unlikely event you can NO longer care for your mini pig, that they can NEVER be sold or given to a 3rd party!!!! 25%-40% of American pet pigs will be displaced, that is why we will NEVER let any pig we breed go to a 3rd party or rescue and we take full responsibility for ALL of our babies as EVERY breeder should!!! We get it in writing and screen our parents thoroughly to ensure the BEST possible homes. If you cannot care for your mini pigs throughout their life entirely, your breeder should absolutely care enough to help adopt out, place, or take back their own piglet. A GREAT breeder should NOT want to see their pigs help flood the problem of rescues and sanctuaries and should take an active role in placing pigs with no homes. We will even pay the travel costs if necessary for our pigs to be re-homed, that is a promise that every breeder and buyer should require! If rescues and sanctuaries would work with me, I would gladly help them place their pigs as well, as who better to help as I get so many calls and emails, however they will not let me help which seems contradictory to making sure these pigs are homed for life and would erase the stigma of good breeders sentencing pigs to a lif in these rescues. We have offered money for every piglet sold, and they will NOT take it from us. So if you are a rescue or sanctuary owner that would allow us to join in your efforts, we would gratefully help! If anybody obtains one of our mini pigs without a signed contract by us, we can and will sue them!
- A GREAT breeder will ALWAYS fix their piglets prior to sending them to you or pickup, or at the very least for smaller females screen a local exotic veterinarian themselves. It is a horrible breeding practice for any animal breeder to not fix their babies. First, you are not getting the best pig as a pet if they are not fixed. Hormones can cause issues and females have their cycles every 3 weeks, while males display interesting behaviors and a very foul smell. Not to mention I just got an email from a prospective owner that got her un-fixed pig from a piggy mill, she took it to a local vet and it developed a hernia and died after a week of owning it! Breeders typically have vets who "Specialize" in fixing tiny pigs, as they are typically under 6 weeks old and only 5 pounds or less. Not any vet can fix a mini or micro pig! Also, fixing a pig keeps them a bit smaller which is good for an in-home pet.
- A GREAT breeder will NOT have a "Buy it Now" feature on their website! In my opinion, this is a horrible breeding practice if they are selling mini pigs without screening or pre-educating them. Anybody can buy their pig and they have no idea who they are, how old they are, if they are stable, or a good fit for pig ownership! This is VERY bad especially considering they can live up to 15-20 years. In order to own one of our pigs we HAVE to know that you are in a stable home, old enough to care for a piglet, have the right housing and setting for a mini pig, and want to know you. If I can push a Paypal link to buy a pig, I would be VERY leary! I have kids and teenagers call me and would never sell my pigs to anybody that is too young without their parents being the primary owner. People who are in rental type situations will have a hard time getting new rentals and therefore we do not sell to anybody that could potentially have to give up their pigs to a landlords whim. People who work excessive hours and will keep their pigs locked up and/or alone all day everyday is not a good fit for a piggy, etc. etc. etc. Typically our pigs go to stable families, owners who have experience with other types of pets, and generally people who own their own homes and can ensure a decade or two of an amazingly awesome life!
- Ask your breeder how many pigs they have and if they are caged!? I have spoken to many breeders that have up to 30-40 pigs, and that is a lot of litters to care for. You can be rest assured that they can in NO way shape or form hand hold the amount of babies produced with that many pigs without a lot of help. If you have multiple litters all months of the years, it is more of a piggy mill type of a breeder and your piglet will not get the attention and affection necessary by the time it reaches your home. Since we only have 7 pigs including our boars, they are ALL our pets! The amount of devotion that goes into each of of pigs is unreal. If we had double, triple, or even worse quadruple the pigs, we would not be able to train, love, and give our own pigs a proper home, let alone their babies. The more pigs a breeder has, the less attention, affection, and training your piglet will get. Price should not be your number one factor. This is truly important as a piglets personality is greatly shaped in the first few weeks and months of life.
- A GREAT breeder will have plenty of pigtures, video, on an informative website, as well as great social media sources for open communication such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and the like. Social media is important so you can see up to date information, constant posts of videos of babies and parents, and other previous owners post pigtures and comments letting you know how committed the breeder is to their piggy parents, prospective parents, and their own pigs. Social media also shows that the pigs on their website are really theirs and that they are not just posting one picture of each of their breeders on their website from years previous when they where younger and smaller. You want to see your breeder interacting with their own pigs, showing them affection and training them. The website should have a plethora of information and the research should be done for you. If there is limited information on their website and social media, I would be concerned about their level of commitment to their business and the time they are willing to give their prospective parents and parents who have questions.
- A GREAT Breeder will spend as much time on the phone with you as needed prior to and after purchasing your pet mini pig. Our first breeder we worked with gave us NO information, had no blogs or information on their website, and was extremely difficult to get a-hold of after we obtained our pig. We where on our own to figure out how to train and care for our mini piglet. Luckily, we are obsessed with our pigs and with research, however I cannot assume everybody is like us, and it is important your are given all positive and negatives prior to owning a pig, and along the way will have questions that should be answered by experienced pig owners.
- A GREAT breeder will have references of past piglet owners on their website or upon request so that you can ensure they are great breeders and you are really getting what they promise. Who better to back the breeder then owners that have worked with them.
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