The TRUTH about Miniature Pigs
Miniature pigs are sold under a number of cutsie names, but none of them are true or accurate. Breeders manufacture names such as "Dandy-Pigs," "Teacup-Pigs," "Micro-Pigs," "Tiny-Pigs," "Nano-Pigs," "Thimble-Pigs," "Pocket-Pigs," "Pixy-Pigs," and "Micro-Minis" to help them sell. None of these names, conjured up to reflect a diminutive size, are true breeds of pig, nor are they true "size classes," nor do they accurately reflect the final size, needs, or behavior of the animal.
Squirt arrived 3 May 2012 at only 7 weeks old, having been torn from his mother at less than one week old to be sold off by a horrible breeder... this breeder had promised the people that paid $1000 for him that his dad was only 9-pounds so he wouldn't get any bigger than that! ...The false trend of "tea cup" pigs should be stopped and these breeders should be put out of business.
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Please don't ever purchase a pig based on a picture of this nature! This is a newborn! Look closely, and you can still see the umbilical cord! This is a Potbellied crossbreed. It will take about 5 years for this animal to reach full maturity, at which point it will weigh 90 to 250 pounds as an adult, depending on ancestry.
Kunekunes are a miniature breed originating in New Zealand. Like all miniature pigs, the are friendly and affectionate. They are known for their colorful coats and reach weights in excess of 200 pounds when mature.
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Putting things in perspective: Arnold (left) is a mature miniature pig weighing in at about 165 pounds. Charlie (right) is a mature mixed farm-breed weighing in at over 600 pounds. Bridgette (front and center) was sold as a "Dandy". She is only a few months old in this photo. Since this photo was taken, she has exceeded 50 pounds and still has 3 to 4 more years to grow before reaching maturity.
Miniature breeds available for sale and adoption in the US include Potbellied, Kunekune, Gottingen, and occasionally Yucatan, Mulefoot, or Ossabaw. ALL of these pigs should exceed 90 pounds at maturity; many will exceed 200 pounds. Please don't fall for fictitious breed names created to command a high price on a tiny piglet!