People think all kind of thoughts when you mention pigs but hardly one of pigs in the house. Teacup potbellied pigs are becoming increasingly popular as domestic pets around the country. They are much smaller than the standard farm pig and the regular potbelly pig, and they are commonly seen with many colors, such as mixed black and white coloring; or all black, all white, silver coloring and even chocolate. They are not really teacup size like one imagines except when they are born when they are around 9 oz. But compared to a full grown regular pig at 600-800 pounds or a full grown regular potbelly pig at 120 – 200 pounds then they are teacup. Pigs are not fully grown until 2-3 years of age, they typically weigh around 40-65 pounds and 11 – 14 ” tall. The pigs require about the same amount of care as a dog and are low maintenance pets, living 15-20 years. People living in apartments find the small size of the teacup pig just the right size. They litter box train in a matter of days and as early as 4 weeks old.
The regular potbellied pig originated in Vietnam and is a combination of several breeds. Given the chance, they can interbreed with common farm pigs and wild boars, as they are all part of the pig family. The teacup pigs were bred first in Devon, England.
It is often hard to find a veterinarian that will treat a pig, something which should be considered when getting a pig. All pigs need their tusks trimmed every couple of years, and may need their hooves trimmed annually. Any pet owner who has learned from a veterinarian can do this job. Pigs will need to be castrated and vaccinate regularly.
Teacup potbellied pigs make enjoyable pets because they are very intelligent and affectionate. You could be surprised to learn that some think their intelligence rivals that of dogs, However, like many animals they are prone to laziness and aggression if not properly exercised and socialized. Occasionally, a grown-up pig can raise a struggle against the master in so-called “dominance aggression”, similar to any kind of pet will at first and they’ll have to get reprimanded softly yet ardently, and also educated to honor the owner’s authority. They carry well to positive reinforcement if they’re performing well, but need to not be punished. Properly motivated these smart pets to discover methods extremely conveniently like sit down and also playing golf.
Pigs need to have everyday leash-led strolls or they will certainly gain weight. If you discover that your pig is getting too fat you can scatter raw oatmeal where they must look for it and will not add up to eat. This will help them exercise while eating. Of course, this is when they are outside. They will eat nearly endless amounts of food, particularly high-carbohydrate unhealthy food, if allowed, so it is vital to restrict your pet’s access to the food it craves. They are relentless in searching for food, and should be kept far away from the kitchen or any food storage. Special pig feed might be bought in a pet shop or special-ordered and nearby feed stores are beginning to transport the specialization feed. Pigs are omnivores, also like veggies, meats, sugary foods, and also carbohydrate-based foods.
Pigs are social herd creatures, and it is often recommended that they are kept in pairs or groups, especially if they are kept outside the house. Pigs want a lot of attention. Give them toys to play with just like children have. This keeps them stimulated and active. Left to their own if pigs get bored they will often become destructive, they are very intelligent. Inadequate attention during playtime can compel pigs to do anything from rooting up plants to taking up linoleum floors and eating drywall. Pigs can be litter trained but need to be kept in a confined area such as a single room. Clean and odor-free they can stay just about anywhere in the house.
Teacup pigs require specialized care of time and resources and should not be taken without a serious commitment. Do your due diligence before getting a pig to make sure that you and a pig are compatible. Shelters are overflowing with abandoned pigs whose owners did not anticipate the kind of attention that their pet would need. However, the intelligence, affection and personality of a well trained, adequately cared for teacup potbellied pig can be very rewarding for the prepared, responsible owner.
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