Pig Info and Care:
Advantages: Long Life Span (12-18 +yrs), Clean and Odor Free, Non-allergenic in most cases, no fleas, no shedding, easy to train, no barking, low maintenance, affectionate, clean, highly intelligent (4th smartest animal in world)- can be trained for litterbox, tricks, harness and more!
Disadvantages: You may not be zoned to own a pig, check with the city if you are in city limits, finding a vet who treats mini pigs can be hard-be sure to have the name of one on hand, Pigs can become spoiled and manipulative, they require a commitment of time and energy, they can become aggressive if they get away with bad behaviors and need to be reinforced, aggressive behavior cannot be tolerated as well as any biting
Size full grown: The babies born here should mature somewhere around 30-60lbs full grown and 11-14" tall, so a cocker spaniel or bulldog size as long as you feed it properly. These are micro mini pigs, normal potbelly pigs are 100lbs or more. Any pig is capable of becoming overweight and it is the owners responsibility to carefully manage their pigs food intake and exercise routine. We do not lie about our pigs size like most all mini pig breeders, I am the only one in WA with true micro pigs. Please always ask for pictures of parents, recent ones and next to something for size comparison, see our pig parents page for pictures of all parents.
Diet: It is easy for a pig to get fat, they are pigs! Especially a pig of this size that remains very small. A baby pig up to 4 months old should be getting 1 cup of feed divided into 2 feedings a day. As an adult, they only need about two cups divided in 2 feedings plus veggies and grass time. This amount is a guideline and should be adjusted based on your pigs body condition. If your pig is developing rolls around the face and you have a hard time feeling the hip bones, your pig is getting obese and should be fed less. On the other hand if your pig feels skinny then it needs more feed. The feed I use is Purina Pig and Sow but for one pet you should get Mazuri mini pig active adult (do not get the youth one for babies, only adult) that is at most feed stores in the US, please get this before your pig goes home in case your store needs to order it for you. Another website for pig supplies is www.healthypigs.com which has an amazing selection of skin/hair products, shampoos, vitamins, harnesses and more.
As well as having pig food daily, they also need to be supplemented with some fresh vegetables that should be about 25% of their diet- do not need veggies daily just few times a week. Things such as cucumbers, celery, peppers, carrots, potatoes, broccoli, cabbage, frozen peas, eggplant, squash and green beans are good choices (but try to limit starchy veggies like potatoes). Some fruits like peaches, apples, pears and plums can be fed as well but in moderation due to the high sugar content. Most pigs love treats like apples, grapes and raisins but these are good to be used as treats and reserved for training purposes. Do not feed your pig dog and cat food, it is much too high in protein for them. Also do not feed them chocolate or salty things. They love plain air popped popcorn as a treat, just no salt and also raw unsalted peanuts are a good training treat as well as frozen peas.
Extra fiber can be added to their diet by providing them with alfalfa hay and bran. I feed mine orchard grass hay daily and they love it but it is messy in the house so as a snack outside maybe..;)
I also feed my pigs one children's chewable vitamin 3 times a week and also fish oil gel cap, just the 200mg ones which is great for their skin. Can also add 1 tablespoon olive oil on food daily for skin. I also give powder vitamin E/selenium powder of food, get at healthypigs.com they need selenium as the soil here is deficient but do not give too much and only a few times a week
Pigs should be allowed the opportunity to root in soil and graze on grass (not treated with chemicals). Even if it is a 10x10 area fenced in your yard just for the pig to dig up, they will love it! Also can put dirt in a kiddie pool for them to play in. They cannot live in a 10X10 area, that is just for them to play in dirt.
Make sure your pig always has fresh water available. They love their water and I often have two bowls for mine since they go through it so fast.
Do not feed your pig directly from the fridge or your pig may quickly become an expert at opening the fridge..:)
Do not give into begging or your pig is likely to become a pest and beg constantly.
Care: They are pretty easy to care for but need some maintenance. They should be bathed every so often to clean their skin but not more than every 2 months as it dries them out. You can do this in a kid pool in the summertime or in a tub in the winter. You must feed them the whole bath as they do not like them much..;) you can use dog or baby shampoo on them. For their dry skin you can put Avon Skin-So-Soft Lotion on them daily or weekly, can also use baby oil, but it makes a mess.
On a hot summer day put a kiddie pool out for them with a step to help them in until full grown. Fill the pool half way or so, they will roll and play in it to cool off...:)
The worming medicine helps with the dry skin so be sure to worm your pig every 4-5 months with liquid ivermectin (Ivomec) wormer for pigs and cows. You can get this at any feed store for $50 or order HEREfor $30. If your pig is ever itching like crazy on everything then it needs to be wormed or treated with baby oil. Your vet can also worm them or I can tell you how, it is very easy to give to them orally, do not inject them with the wormer.
Their ears may become crusty and this is somewhat normal as their skin by their ears and neck does get flakey. You can clean inside them with a washcloth and lightly scrub them if they allow. Q-tips should not be used! You can put a washcloth on your finger and go in ear a bit and wipe around, just put ear cleaner on washcloth or light soap.
If their skin becomes red, or they have any hair loss, please contact me or a vet. They will need to be treated with ivermectin wormer and maybe some medicine, mange or mites can also be on their skin and it does need to be treated.
Their hooves do not grow too fast but they may need to be trimmed every now and then. Just check to make sure they are not getting too long on the edges and if they need trimming use some sharp garden shears to trim the hoof edges, there is info online about this as well. I make sure mine walk on gravel to keep hooves short.
Make sure your pig has enough exercise. They should be able to run daily either in a large room inside or out in the yard. They need to burn off energy. You can also play with them to get them exercise or have them learn tricks to keep their mind occupied.
Vet Care: Should see a qualified small pig vet once a yr for a general exam and fecal test to make sure they are healthy. A once a year vaccine of Rhinishield Tx4 is also highly recommended. The dose for an adult mini pig is 1ML. Pig vets are hard to find so I made a list below of WA ones customers have used and like:
Animal Hospital at Murphy's Corner-mill creek- 425-316-8387 This is vet all mine go to
The barnyard Vet-Seattle traveling vet- 206-784-3810
All Creatures Vet-Bremerton-360-377-3801
Valley Vet Clinic-North Oregon by Longview, WA 503-556-3084
Amazia Vet-Brush Prairie, WA - 360-892-7524
Ellensburg Animal Hospital- Very affordable for eastern WA people- 509-925-2833
Tahoma Vet-Spanaway, WA- 253-847-3500
Dr Best-Mobile Vet -Graham, WA 360-893-2210
All Creature's vet clinic- Spokane, WA-509-921-9829
Green River Vet hospital- Auburn, WA 253-854-4414
Vets to AVOID!!
Avian and exotic pet hospital in Bothell- charge way too much and lie
The FarmHouse Vet in Olympia- not a pig expert and over dosed a baby pig
Most all baby males go home already neutered as an unfixed male pig makes the worst pet ever as they have a musky odor, are aggressive and grow tusks. Females will go home unspayed as they get spayed when older, depending on price of your pig, some spays will be included in price where you take them to my vet to be spayed when older and some you will need to pay for yourself to be spayed. Females should always be fixed as well because they go into heat every 21 days, can be moody and not use litterbox during that time and have a higher risk for cancer.
NEVER Ever Hit your pig for any reason, they will never forget and may never trust you again, you must train them to stop the bad behavior, hurting them does nothing, they are very sensitive animals. You may tap their nose firmly and say no though-effective
This is a good website on care as well as the books I recommend and has videos on training them-for bigger potbellies but same care guidelines- click HERE
Bedding: Pigs love to sleep! And nothing is better to them than a nice clean bed. Mine love soft fleece blankets. Sleeping bags are ok if opened but they can get stuck in them if left closed. They love to burrow under the blankets and sleep. Be sure to wash your pigs bed every week or so, your pig will love it!
Litterbox bedding- use white shavings or wood pellets for their litterbox, do not use cat litter as they will eat it. You will need to scoop their box daily and be sure to get a litterbox that is low enough in the front for a pig. A lot of people use a rubbermaid plastic bin that they cut one side out low so they can step in.
Here is how we keep them when inside to sleep and when we are gone.
Recommended Reading: If you want to know what to expect with your new pig, house train and how to understand them, you must get "Potbellied Pig Behavior and Training" By Priscilla Valentine. I would order this well before your pig arrives, it is really a must have for a new pig owner. I also recommend getting some general potbelly pig care books. The mini's care is the same as a bigger potbelly except the food amounts.
Piggear.com Great Website for Piggy Clothes/Harness/beds and More!
Pig Tu Tu's -small family company that makes adorable Tu Tu's for little piggies!
MUST READ THIS SITE- TONS more info that you should read when you have time is this one CLICK HERE
Here are some great videos someone took who has a pig they got from us in 2011, they have worked with him a lot to train him but any pig can be this well behaved with patience and some dedicated pig parents.
Website for lots of Pig Q & A if you have an issue that comes up with your pig is this one CLICK HERE