Probably the most common question we get asked being Micro Pig breeder is;- How big do micro pigs and mini pigs grow? There is now more information about micro pigs available online and in books than there ever has been, but even today this area is still a little murky.
Combing the web for images of micro and teacup pigs returns results primarily of the piglets and never usually of adult micro pigs. The same issues can be found with the newspapers and magazines. Why does this happen and what are the reasons behind it?
The reason for is simple, the micro piglets look cute which make the articles and stories more readable and enjoyable. Information about the adult pigs is often absent from the article, or relegated to a few lines at the bottom of page.
As a business we try provide as much information as possible on micro pigs. We provide a size chart (featured below) on micro pigs and their size. In our photos section you can find plenty of pictures of our piglets and also of our adults.
Members of the public regularly visit our farm just to look at our adult pigs, and a quite a few do not realize how big they grow. This is fine by us, we enjoy the visits and we try to inform and show these visitors what is involved when taking care of pet pigs and as well as trying to educate them. Personally we think that this service does a great job in dispelling the myths that are associated with animals and their height. We get a lot of thanks from people for providing this service and we have probably prevented a lot of people buying a pet that they neither have the correct environment or home to take care off.
Size isn’t that important
Scanning online classifieds adverts for micro pigs often results in the same sort of adverts and claims being made by sellers. You regularly see sellers and micro pig breeders screaming out that they have the smallest pigs in the business, that their pigs are inches smaller than the next seller, etc. Personally I find this whole argument and pitch flawed and wrong. Why do I find this wrong. The reason for this is simple and it is something that we tell every customer or visitor to our farm which is the following;-
The way you treat an animal makes a far bigger difference to its behavior than whether the animal is large or small. The size of the pig (to degree) does not make it easier or harder to keep. A pig which has been spoiled or treated incorrectly will be a pain in the backside to keep regardless of whether it is big or small. A couple of inches isn’t going help.’
However, a pig which has been treated correctly, kept outdoors, is not spoiled, has enough stimulus and space. is a real pleasure to keep. They are also very easy to take care of when things are done right. I’ll be going into more depth on how to keep pet pigs correctly in another article.
Lies, Lies and More Lies
Probably the other items you will have come across regarding micro pigs are the reports of people buying piglets and them turning into monster sized animals. Are these stories true? Yes they are, but there are few different sides to this problem I want to discuss.
All piglets are small
All piglets, regardless of the breed, are small when they are born. This is always the case whether you are looking at a litter of micro piglets or a litter of Large Whites piglets. A common scam, which is commonly reported in the news, is where by a breeder sells piglets of another type of pig whilst claiming they are micro pigs. In cases like this the pig usually ends up becoming far bigger in size than what was originally promised by the seller, this also usually ends with the pig becoming far to big for the unlucky owner to take care of. Often the owners in these situations have also been given duff or no advice on how to keep their pet pig correctly, and this causes a bad situation to become worse.
It’s going to stay small
The other situations I’ve seen and read about in the news are the ones where a person has actually bought a legit micro pig, but it has then grown beyond what they buyer expected or what was promised.
So what can be done
I can offer you following advice when it comes to buying a micro pig;-
- Find yourself a decent breeder. A good breeder will make you fully aware of what is involved in taking care of these pets. They also should be knowledge about the breed and be able to answer any question that you might have.
- When viewing litters of piglets ask to see their parents – Do not just take somebody’s word that the piglet you are planning to buy is a micro pig. Ask to see the litters parents and any other pigs if they keep them. If they are unwilling to provide or do this I suggest you take your business elsewhere.
- If the deal is to good to be true it probably is not true – You should expect to pay a couple of hundred pounds to buy a legit and good quality micro or mini pig. The reason for this are the same reasons you pay good money for a pedigree dog. It takes a great deal of time and effort to breed quality micro pigs. Decent quality animals are more expensive to buy as you are paying for the time and care which has gone into the breed, micro pigs are no different. If you see offers for pigs what are ridiculously cheap then you should be suspicious. If the seller is also claiming that his bargain piglets will end up the size of cat or so another similar claim you should be really suspicious. If a deal is to good to be true it probably is to good to be true.
- The average size of a the current micro pig is around 16 – 22 inches in height. You should be dubious of sellers promising you that their pigs are substantially smaller. As with anything else in nature its hard to tell people that their micro pig is going to be exactly ‘x’ inches in height. Personally we show people on our farm our biggest and oldest micro pig adults and we tell them that – this is the size you should expect to deal with – if they end up with something smaller then it’s a bonus for them. To touch on what I mentioned earlier it is all down to the care and treatment of the animal, the height really doesn’t make things easier or harder when taking care of pigs
- Pigs live anything up to 15 – 20 years of age. This means the decision to keep one as a pet must not be taken lightly.
- Lastly do your homework and do not let your heart rule your head. You may have always wanted a pet pig but if you do not have enough room then you have to face facts that you cannot own one. It would be cruel to do so.
To sum it up
The purpose of this article is put into writing what we tell all the people who contact us regarding micro pigs. We have lots happy customers who love the pigs that we have sold them and they would agree that they are great pets. But these are people who have been shown how to take care of these animals properly and they have been given good advice from the beginning.
I hope you have found this post useful and informative and if you have any questions about anything I’ve mentioned please feel free to get in touch or pop a comment in the box below.Joanne Rowe