Miniature Pig FAQS
What is the difference between miniature pigs and micro pigs?
Technically speaking, micro and miniature pigs are the same and the classification means that they will weigh less than 60 pounds. Please note that the size of your piglet is never going to be guaranteed so if you're working with a breeder who is promising a specific size, exercise caution.
Should I get my pig spayed or neutered?
Yes, it's vital that you have your pig spayed or neutered. Doing so will prevent a host of probable health issues and will ensure that your pet remains well mannered and even-tempered, particularly if you have children.
How much do micro pigs weigh when fully grown?
Most micro pigs vary in size between 40 and 60 pounds when fully grown. Typically, you can get a fairly accurate sense as to how large your pig will get based upon the size of the piglet's parents. However, your pig will not be fully grown until they are 2 to 3 years old so you will not know until this point.
What is the lifespan of a mini pig?
Most micro pigs enjoy a lifespan between 15 and 20 years, making them an excellent companion that outlives most traditional pets.
Can a mini piglet be housebroken?
Like cats and dogs, mini piglets can be housebroken. Some owners choose to litter train their pigs whereas others will teach their pigs to go outside. Often, it's best to train them to go outside as this aligns with their nature more than litter training does.
What kind of training can you teach a micro pig?
Because pigs are highly intelligent, you can teach them specific behavioural traits as well as tricks. This means that they can walk on a leash, come, sit, lay down, move items, and do other easy tasks on command. Often, food is the best reward you can use during training because it is one of the best incentives for a pig.
How much should a pig eat and drink?
It's all too easy to overfeed a pig so when purchasing mini pig food, be sure to follow the feeding instructions to prevent weight issues for your new pet.
In terms of water, it's important to understand that 2/3 of a pig's body is water, making it a vital part of their diet. This means that you should never limit your pig's water intake and instead, should give them water at all times to prevent issues like constipation and blockages.
What do all of the different noises mean?
Pigs are incredibly communicative and have different noises for different needs. For example, pigs will bark when they are either excited or startled, squeal when they are complaining, and huff upon meeting other animals or humans. By learning these sounds, you can learn what your pig wants and how they're feeling at all times.
How can I locate a veterinarian for my miniature piglet?
It can be difficult to locate a veterinarian for mini pigs, primarily because you must find a large animal vet. Through a quick Google search, you can find appropriate veterinarians in your area that will care for your pet properly.