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Miniature pigs also known as Teacup pigs as well as micro-pigs are not actually a particular breed of pigs but rather a size classification

Piggy Cuppa

These Teacup pigs have been developed over several generations by crossing Tamsworth, KuneKune, Pygmy hogs, Vietnamese Potbellies and Glouchester Old Spots to create a small enough pig for rearing indoors. The name Teacup pigs was originally coined by a UK breeder named Christopher Murray from Pennywell Farm in Devon whose pigs shared his enjoyment of tea.

Definitely Not Average

Jane Croft, a woman based in the UK who is almost entirely responsible for having brought these pigs to the attention of the media and for making them so popular as pets, says that Teacup pigs should never be larger 45 cm in height and 30 kgs in weight, when fully grown. Although a Teacup pig could never be squeezed into a teacup, it is still far from the average size of a farm pig weighing up to 400kgs

Don't Leave Your Hoggy With Your Doggy

Teacup pigs are highly intelligent and gregarious by nature, however, they need constant companionship and an abundant supply of toys to keep them busy or stimulated. Don't ever leave your pig and dog alone together. In terms of intelligence levels, pigs are fourth in line to humans, primates, dolphins/whales. Pigs can be trained to use litter boxes and are motivated by loyalty, food and an eagerness to please.

Big On Affection

Their small size make Teacup pigs able to live anywhere a medium sized dog can live and their intelligence make them easy to train. They are normally hardy and healthy animals and are very clean. Unfortunately, pigs have been stereotyped as dirty animals, being constantly covered in filth and squalor. Pigs are absolutely mad about water and enjoy swimming when they are hot. Pigs only coat themselves in mud or swill when they are hot and there is no shade. Pigs are great pets for people who are allergic to dogs and cats.

While Teacup pigs are small in stature, there is absolutely nothing small about their personalities or the affection their owners feel for their cherished pigs!

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Intelligent Tiny Pigs, Micro Pigs, Miniature Pigs, Pet Pigs, Teacup Pigs

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author avatar C.D. Moore
23rd Apr 2013 (#)

Great article. Never knew there was such a creature. Very cute!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
23rd Apr 2013 (#)

Hello C.D. I'm so happy you enjoyed the article my friend, thank you for reading:0

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author avatar writestuff
23rd Apr 2013 (#)

Great read. Thanks for this delightful and interesting article.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
24th Apr 2013 (#)

You are so very welcome dear friend. Thanks for reading:o

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author avatar Delicia Powers
23rd Apr 2013 (#)

So very tiny...and cute...thanks Tranquilpen...

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author avatar Tranquilpen
24th Apr 2013 (#)

Hello Delicia, I glad you liked it dear friend. Thanks for reading:o

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author avatar Kingwell
24th Apr 2013 (#)

Loved your article. Had not heard of these pets before but they look adorable.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
27th Apr 2013 (#)

They are indeed, glad you liked the article KW

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Apr 2013 (#)

Like others I did not know of these. And also that they are more intelligent than dogs. Thank you TP for the unique share - siva

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author avatar Tranquilpen
27th Apr 2013 (#)

Hello Siva, I was as surprised as you my friend, so I just had to jot that down too. Thanks for reading.

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author avatar Songbird B
29th Apr 2013 (#)

I am amazed at this article, as its a new one on me too Andre'..They are so tiny!! Informative as always and a real delight to read my friend.\0/x

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author avatar Tranquilpen
29th Apr 2013 (#)

Fortunately they are so adorable and tiny, that their cuteness and size saved their bacon ahem! One could hardly turn them into ham or, hamlets. Ha! ha! \0/

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author avatar Helen Stuart
30th Apr 2013 (#)

I always wanted a miniature pig, now I HAVE to have a teacup pig. I knew a girl who thought she was buying a minipig but ended up with a huge tame hog in her yard. Great article!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
30th Apr 2013 (#)

There is a very real possibility of this happening and one should only buy from registered breeders.

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