Micro-Mini pigs are quickly becoming favorite pets of people the world over. And for good reason. These adorable relatives of the most prolific breeding animal on the planet are extremely fun loving, smarter than your average dog, and can be kept in a house or an apartment.
Micro-Mini pigs usually weigh around 9oz at birth and will range from 29-50 pounds at maturity. Micro-mini’s also have a rather long life span. These little cuties can live up to 18 years. We have a friend that has a mini pot belly that is 13 years old and still doing well. Although they have a tendency to feed her a little more than required, which shows in the middle like a beer belly more than a pot bellie.
If you are considering a micro-mini pig, be sure to get your pet pig from reliable breeders. Make sure are reputable breeders with many years experience in breeding and raising micro-mini pigs. Royal Dandies even created a special blend of feed for their micro-mini pigs to ensure they get the proper vitamins and minerals that are lacking in most commercial food blends for pigs this small.
Caring for pet pigs is a little different than caring for a dog or cat. Usually, when you purchase a pet pig, it will be very small. All baby pigs come with a built in survival technique. They are afraid of anything bigger than themselves. This doesn’t mean they won’t love you, but trust is earned by building a healthy relationship with your micro mini pig. Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! do some reading on how to care for micro mini pigs before you buy one. The North American Pot Bellied Pig Association (NAPPA) has some great information on how to care for pet pigs. While you are there, take a look at how many pet pigs end up in a rescue facility. Again, please do some reading first, micro mini pigs are great pets, but they live a long life and need responsible owners.
There is a boatload of information on the web about how to take care of your new mini pig, but when I got mine, none of that information really helped. I bought books like Pot Bellies and Other Miniature Pigs, Pot-Bellied Pet Pigs, etc.. and they were packed with information, but the one that I learned the most from was Potbellied Pig Behavior and Training: A Complete Guide for Solving Behavioral Problems in Vietnamese Potbellied Pigs, Revised Edition. by Priscilla Valentine. This is a physical book sent from Amazon, not one of those books that you have to ready from your computer. She made me laugh so hard that I was in tears with some of the comments that she made. I really enjoyed the part where she put her customers question in a chapter of the book, then answered them. I couldn’t believe how many mini pig problems were the same ones that I was having. Many new pot bellied pig owners get frustrated because of the antics that most small pigs are prone to. For those of you that don’t know who Priscilla Valentine is, you can go to YouTube and check out her videos here.
Trust me, you really need this book if you want a micro pig that will listen to you and not try to control you. She will also help you teach you potbellied pig to do 20 of tricks. Once your pig trusts you, you will have a long and enjoyable life with you new mini pig.
To see some pictures of our Mini pigs have a look at Mini Pig Farm
If you are planning on purchasing a mini pig, you will need a mini pig harness. Visit PigGear.com to purchase one and also check out the video on how to harness train your pet pig.