PIGS GROW UP I get asked numerous times..... (referring to a baby piglet) "Is this as big as they are going to get?" I reply with ALL babies grow, humans, cats and dogs. As a matter of fact there are NO animals born fully grown. All mini pigs are born tiny and can fit into a teacup. Some people use the term Teacup, nano, pixie or Micro pig as if it is a breed, these are not breeds of pigs. They are terms. As for this exact reason we do not measure our pigs by weight. Pigs bond very closely to their families, and re-homing is devastating to them. We do not put any unrealistic expectation that our pigs will never be able to live up to. Our goal is to find FOREVER families, not families that get caught up on a certain weight and if the pig surpasses that weight they are no longer loved and re-homed. In fact diet and exercise plays a huge role on how heavy your pig will become. Some breeders give the impression mini pigs can stay 15-25 pounds when full grown. THAT IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE!!!!!
CAN YOU LEGALLY HAVE A PIG WHERE YOU LIVE? Please do your due diligence and make sure that you are zoned for a mini pig, sometimes referred to a "hoofed animal". Apartment complexes and condos are NOT normally zoned for pigs, and even if they are we prefer not to sell to families in apartments. Please, before any type of heartache occurs make sure it is legal to own a pig where you live. I am talking about making sure it is legal in your county, city, township, subdivision and or your landlord. I don't want our piglets leaving here and then 2 months later you get a notice stating it must be removed. Many towns classify pigs as 'livestock', thus they are not legal to keep as pets. Sometimes zoning regulations can be changed. Many cities and towns that once did not allow pigs as pets, now do as a result of the persistence, hard work and a lot of time by devoted pig people. Contact your City Hall and ask for the zoning regulations showing which animals are allowed as pets according to your residential zoning. You may have to pay a couple of dollars, but it's best to get it in writing that pigs are allowed. This way you will have written proof as back-up in the future should you have any problems. PLEASE MAKE SURE IT IS LEGAL TO OWN A PIGGY WHERE YOU LIVE!!!
PIGS ARE A LIFETIME COMMITMENT Please do not purchase a pig for a child, friend or spouse as a surprise. Pigs can live 15 + years. Are you willing to care for the pig when the child goes off to college? Are you retiring soon? Pig sitters are much harder to find than a cat or dog sitter, and boarding them can be extremely stressful.
IS THERE A PIG VETERINARIAN CLOSE TO YOU? Before purchasing a mini pig, please make sure you have secured the location of a good "pig" vet. Not all farm vets are familiar with mini pigs, they are not farm hogs. Spay & neutering is completely different than farm hogs, and must be performed by a vet that has the experience and knowledge do to so. For routine care a farm vet that services pigs should be ok. It is best to call to confirm and not just assume they will see your pig. Emergencies happen, and that is not the time to find out that there is not a vet near you that will see your pig.