Micro pigs, also known as Miniature pigs or Teacup pigs, are small size pigs that have been gaining popularity as pets over the past years. As well as everything new and odd, they are surrounded with a number of myths and misconceptions. We've tried to have a look at the most common of them.
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Myth #1. Micro pigs remain cup size throughout their life.This is probably the most common misconception about micro pigs. At birth, micro pigs weigh just a little bit more than half a pound, and they do look really miniature. Adult micro pigs, however, weigh about 65 pounds and their height is 12 to 16 inches. Fully grown 'micro' pigs are about the size of a Spaniel.
Myth #2. The organs of a micro pig continue to grow while their skeleton stops growing, which leaves the pig in pain and results in death.This is not physically possible. As it's been stated above, adult micro pigs are about the size of a Spaniel, and both their organs and skeleton stop growing by the time they reach their adult size. It usually happens by about 12 months of age. From that point on, they will just "fill-out".
Myth #3. Micro pigs are mutants.Not at all. They are a result of selective breeding, a mixture of potbellied pigs with the Tamworth, Kune Kune and Gloucester Old Spot breeds.
Myth #4. Micro pigs do not exist, and those who claim to breed or sell them are all scammers.This myth is probably based on the misconception about the pig's real size after it becomes fully grown. Yes, it doesn't remain teacup size, but adult micro pigs are nonetheless always smaller than their adult cousins of other domestic pig breeds. The "micro pig" breed surely exists. However, avoid breeders and sellers who are not honest enough claiming their micro pigs will always remain tiny. This is a pure scam.
Myth #5. Micro pigs do not require exercise and need little attention.Like any other pet, be it a cat or a hamster, micro pigs are responsibility and they do require daily attention and care. They also need regular exercise to stay fit (they're prone to obesity) and burn their surplus energy. The amount of this energy is obviously going to be less than that of a dog, but exercise will surely help your pet pig feel more happy. In addition, lots of socialization is necessary, especially when the pig is young.
Myth #6. Pigs are dirty and dumb animals.Pigs are very clean and smart animals. In fact, they are as intelligent as dogs! Pigs can very easily be trained to use a litter box and to do many other things. They're also quite inquisitive and social. Daily interaction is necessary so your pig remains a happy pet.
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