Teacup pigs Q and A

Teacup pigs Question and Answers

Teacup pigs have been a growing trend in the united states over the last several years. Some pet owners believe they make better pets than dogs or cats. There is a lot of information  and misinformation out there about teacup pigs. So we dug in and have done a little research and tried to find out the answers to some of your questions.

 

How much do teacup pigs weigh?

Teacup pigs weight can vary quite a bit depending on the breeder. Pampered Piglets who is said to have the smallest pigs get on average 15-40 LBS as adults. Most other breeders pigs average between 30-100 LBS. Size wize they are a lot smaller than pot belly pigs which can end up being 100-200 LBS.

Why are teacup pigs so expensive?

True teacup pigs are still very rare. It takes years of crossbreeding smaller adult pigs to be able to produce this tiny breed of pigs. This is why you will see some breeders have more expensive pigs. Be careful with breeders who sell their pigs too cheap you usually always get what you pay for. Real  Teacup pigs will cost between 1,500-3,000.

What is the difference between Teacup pigs, Micro Pigs, and Mini pigs?

These are all names for similar types of pigs. Some breeders will call their pigs  super micro teacup pigs which usually means it is just an extra small teacup pig.

Why is there so many negative articles about teacup pigs?

From what we have been able to tell there are a few reasons why there are negative articles about teacup pigs. There have been plenty of backyard breeders selling pot belly pigs as teacup pigs and there are also a lot of sanctuaries that make money through donations. We have also found a lot of article writers just giving their opinion and saying whatever they can to drive traffic to their articles so they can get paid from advertisement they have on the page. There are plenty of happy teacup pig owners out there would have had their pigs for several years. You just have to be careful who you buy the piglet from.

Are teacup pigs starved to stay small? 

As silly as this question may sound there are some fear based articles that have tried to influence people that pigs are being starved in order to stay small. You can’t starve a horse into becoming a miniature pony and you can’t starve a hog or pot belly into becoming a teacup pig.

Are teacup pigs legal in most areas in the United States? 

Teacup pigs are now legal to have as pets in most areas. You can always check with your city to make sure.

How long do teacup pigs live?

A lot of people don’t realize how long teacup pigs live. Teacup pigs live between 10-15 years. Make sure you take that in consideration if you decide to get a teacup pig.

Are teacup pigs clean?

Teacup pigs can be clean but also don’t mind getting dirty. Just like a normal pig they like rolling around in the mud on a warm day. The teacup pig owners we have talked to claim that their pigs are cleaner than dogs and cats. Having any type of pet will take work and training though.

Do teacup pigs get along with children and other animals?

From all the pics we have seen online it seems like teacup pigs and children love to bond. It also appears they love to play with dogs. Here is a video of teacup pig playing with a dog.

What do teacup pigs eat?

Teacup pigs have a special diet.  They are fed twice a day Mazuri Mini Pig Food. They also can have some vegetables as snacks to award good behavior.

Can teacup pigs be housed trained?

Teacup pigs can be taught to go in a litter box like a cat or be let out to pee like a dog.

Do teacup pigs need to be vaccinated?

This is something to talk about with your vet. A lot of pigs are not vaccinated and the ones that do get vaccinations usually only get very small doses. Most pigs will need to get Ivermectin for mites.

How are teacup pigs for people with allergies?

Many animals lovers who have allergies will look into having a teacup pig. Unlike cats and dogs pigs are hypoallergenic.

Which gender of Teacup pigs or micro pigs is better to own?

This comes down to personal preference. Both male and female teacup pigs will need to be fixed. Both genders are good natured. It is cheaper to neuter a male then it is to spay a female.

What do teacup pigs live in?

Living arrangements for a teacup pig should have a private place like a playpen where the pig can go to sleep and bore down into some blankets.

What does it mean when a teacup pig ruts my arm?

Teacup pigs show affection in several different ways. One of them is to rut on your arm. This can seem sweet at first but if it becomes tiresome don’t be afraid to tell the pig to stop.

Can teacup pigs learn tricks?

Yes teacup pigs can learn to go on a leash and sit. Some Diabetic patients claim that their teacup pig can tell when their blood sugar is too low or high and can be trained to warn them. There are several tricks teacup pigs can learn to do. You just have to train them with small treats.

I hope you enjoyed this article.  Feel free to comment with more questions you may have.

 

 

 

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