Pigs as pets... I dedicate this to a man with a love for his fellow animals, Mark

johnnydodStarred Page By johnnydod, 6th May 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A look a keeping pigs as pets, but be aware not all pigs make good pets

The pig "Big Ben weighed 2552 lb.not what you would call a lap-pig

Your average farm pig makes terrible pets; they can grow up to hundreds of pounds and often topping out over 1,000 pounds,( in fact the largest pig was a Poland-China hog named "Big Bill." He weighed a portly 2,552 lbs and was so large that he dragged his belly on the ground. He had a shoulder height of 5 feet and a length of 9 feet) what I want to talk about is the miniature or potbellied pig.

These pigs make great pets, they are wonderful with children, contrary to believe the pig is a very clean animal (Actually pigs are mammals) they keep their toilets far from their living or feeding space. Even piglets only a few hours old will leave the pen to relieve themselves. , they have the ability to learn very quickly and have a good intelligence but as they never seem to grow up constantly staying in their “Piglet” state they will often test you with their naughtiness.

A pig will quickly learn right from wrong but like any animal including man he has to learn the rules, a pig has been likened to be similar to a very young child loveable but a little naughty like a child he will need watching or he will get into all sorts of mischief.
And again just like a child if it’s there it will go straight into his mouth, but unlike children who soon learn as they grow older to stop putting everything in their mouth, a pig never does, like I say he never grows up always acting like a child, which in one or his redeeming factors.

Show your pig you are the boss

So as long as you treat him just as you would a child, discipline and a gentle understanding will get you results, pigs are very playful and love to play ball, I once knew a pig that thought he had a little bit of David Beckham in him and love a good game of football.

If you are going to have your pig as a pet its always best to have him spayed or neutered as soon as possible, one problem you might come across is holiday time, at this moment there are not many places you can house you pet pig, but with a little effort I am sure you will find a likeminded person that will be only too happy to care for your pet while you are away.

Pigs are on the whole quiet, odour free, and usually non-allergenic some can be lease trained and therefore can be taken for a daily walk with you and because of their nature they will need to have lots of thing to do and or play with and just like a puppy if they become bored with then become a little destructive.

Tiny pigs sometime called teacup pigs

Pigs love to eat and seem to be looking for food all day and can ever “beg” for food, they love to “root” with their snouts so it’s a good idea to have an area of soft ground where they can root as much as they want. hence the saying “This place looks like a pigsty” again like dogs pigs need to be told who is the boss (You) once learned they will follow and treat you as the leader of the pack.

Pigs live on average 12 -18 years but can live up to 20 years or more, pigs are social animals and so need attention it might be a good idea to have more than one pig for company.
Of the types of pig one of the most favourites are the potbellied pig because of its charming appearance and docile disposition, growing no more than around 18” in height.

Gestation period of a sow is 112-114 days

Listed below are some of the different types of miniature pigs

  • Vietnamese Pig (also called Potbellied Pig)
  • Juliani Pig (also called Painted Miniature Pig)
  • African Pygmy Pig(also called Guinea Hogs)
  • Yucatan Pig (also called the Mexican Hairless)
  • Ossabaw Island Pig (also called 'Feral" pig)
  • Kunekune Pig
  • The Mangaliza Hog
  • The Grayling Striper
  • The Masked Pig
  • Mule Footed Pig
  • European Wild Boars (Russian Boars-Sus Scrofa)
  • The Regal Pig

Lots to choose from
Pigs can give birth to 8 to 12 piglets and sometimes more, they have two litters a year, the record so far is 37 in one litter.

And finally

Some fact that have nothing to do with the above article apart from the word pig, but I thought I would add it anyway.

  • To pig out.(To eat ravenously; gorge oneself)
  • In a pig's eye( Under no condition: never)
  • Pig in a poke ( Something that is offered in a manner that conceals its true nature or value.)
  • Pig it ( To live in a piglike fashion)
  • Pig sick (Same as sick as a dog)
  • Piggie in the middle (Game)
  • The basic game is played by drawing a circle on the ground about ten feet in diameter. One person stands in the centre (and is called it, the piggy or the pickle) and the rest stand outside the circle. A player outside the circle must then throw the ball through the circle to another person outside the circle with the goal being to prevent the person who is it from getting to the ball. This continues until the person who is it catches the ball or otherwise gains possession due to a failed catch, deflection, etc. An intended recipient who fails to catch the ball replaces the person in the middle, unless they fail after the ball touches any part of their body. The ball cannot be torn out of any of the players hands.
  • Piggyback (is to ride on someone's back or shoulders or head.)
  • Then of course we have
  • Piggybank
  • Hogwash
  • If pigs could fly.

  • And some famous pigs
  • Babe
  • Piglet
  • Porky pig
  • Little miss piggy
  • The thee little pigs
  • Petunia Pig

  • Foods
  • Pig in a blanket

  • Winston Churchill once sai"I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals."

    They sailed away, for a year and a day,
    To the land where the bong-tree grows;
    And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood,
    With a ring at the end of his nose,
    His nose,
    His nose,
    With a ring at the end of his nose

    From the poem The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
    EDWARD LEAR 1887

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
11th May 2011 (#)

Thanks for writing this Johnny, I am touched.
I have seen pigs for sale at the exotic pet auctions, often they have bottle baby piglets, I must say, I find lambs LOTS quieter on that matter!

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
11th May 2011 (#)


"that'll do Johnny, that'll do"

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author avatar Delicia Powers
11th May 2011 (#)

Wonderful pig facts, they are very lovable, and after reading this I am not sure I can ever eat bacon again...Thanks for a great article, I enjoyed reading it very much!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
11th May 2011 (#)

More information on pigs than I ever wanted to know. Great pictures, humorous writing. Well deserved star page. Loved Miss Piggy.

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author avatar Songbird B
11th May 2011 (#)

Wonderful article and video, Johnny! Well deserved Star Page my friend...

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author avatar Pink&Blue
11th May 2011 (#)

I loved miss piggy as well very informative. Thank you.

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author avatar Maria Malone
12th May 2011 (#)

well done and very informative, they are cute : )

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author avatar James R. Coffey
14th May 2011 (#)

Remarkable presentation. But, you forgot Arnold Ziffel, the only pig I would even consider having around.

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author avatar johnnydod
14th May 2011 (#)

A big miss for me, thanks you Jimmy how the hell did I miss the Presidential Candidate for 2012
anyone else with any I have missed.?

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author avatar Denise O
16th May 2011 (#)

I think between you and James, you have summed up all my pig knowledge and more. Very fun read my friend. I really enjoyed it. Great tips and info also. Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
6th Jun 2011 (#)

Added to Facebook -
Love the Arnold Ziffel link!

I wrote a link about the first pig to fly

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author avatar johnnydod
6th Jun 2011 (#)

Thanks Mark

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