Owning a teacup pig has become a great craze these days; not only are these pigs really cute but they are also very intelligent and loyal. Pigs can be trained to do tricks and even to guard a home. These pigs are also known as thimble pigs, micropigs or miniature pigs. They weigh an average of 9 ounces at birth and can fit into a teacup at that time, hence their name. However, they tend to weigh 65 pounds or so when they are full grown, which is far less than what a normal farm pig would weigh in adulthood.
These pigs rarely live beyond 15 years, although many of them die after 5 years. Some breeders are able to offer teacup pigs that live longer than others. Be sure to find out how old the parents of the pig were when it was born. If the parents were fully mature then you can be sure that your pet will not grow to gigantic proportions.
If you decide to buy a teacup pig then you should first find out exactly what ownership will entail. This will enable you to take very good care of your pet.
1. Pigs do not sweat and therefore they are prone to overheating. Make sure that your pet’s diet consists of lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and that it always has a bowl of clean water to drink from. If you live in a very warm or humid place then you should also keep a small pool of water handy where your pet can take a dip from time to time. Lack of water in the pig’s diet can also lead to urinary tract infections.
2. Do not allow your pig to over eat because this can lead to health problems.
3. Take your pet to the veterinarian for regular checkups. This will ensure that it lives as long as possible.
You will really enjoy your miniature pig as long as you select it with a great deal of care and put a bit of effort into house training it. Thankfully, pigs are as easy to train as dogs since they are extremely intelligent. In addition, they are very clean and do not have a bad odor. Interestingly, pigs simply hate eating food where they have urinated or defecated; this makes it very easy to train them to go about their business outside the house or in a litter box.