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The Truth About Micro, Mini & Tea Cup Pigs

Smarter, cleaner and less smelly than the 14 million dogs and cats kept as pets in the UK alone, miniature pigs really can make wonderful pets!

People have enjoyed keeping pigs as pets for many many years and there is no doubt the reward and pleasure gained from owning these beautiful creatures will ensure this continues.

This blog is designed to help increase awareness of the adult sizes of miniature pet pigs and answer the most frequently asked question, 'How big are fully grown micro, mini or tea cup pigs'?

Firstly we must accept that Science has yet to find a way of predicting the EXACT eventual adult size of human offspring so it should go without saying that mini pig breeders, like pedigree dog or other animal breeders, could never guarantee the EXACT height a piglet will grow to.

Putting exceptions like giants and dwarfism aside, a reputable micro pig breeder should be able to explain, and show you, exactly what to expect regarding the eventual adult size of your pet piggy.

Micro, mini or tea cup are all names for the same thing, miniature pigs.

These miniatures should always be much smaller than the worlds smallest domesticated 'breeds' of pigs like the Kunekune or Pot Bellied pigs hence the different names given to them.

Micro pigs are 'Micro' when compared to normal pigs however most people do not realise just how big fully grown pigs are as the the vast majority will become Pork at a very early age. The pink pigs you see on many farms will rarely be more than 5 months old when they are slaughtered having reached a weight of around 265 lbs (120kg)

The largest pig recorded was called 'Big Bill' who weighed in at 2552 lbs. He was 5ft tall and 9 feet long!

 

 

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The Typical Farm pig

A typical farm pig can weigh well in excess of 700 lbs and be over 7ft in length. 'Farm' pigs are not a 'breed' of pig.

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The Kunekune pig

The Kunekune is the Worlds Smallest 'breed' of domesticated pig and a favourite among pet pig owners. Kunekune pigs can grow to 30'' in height and weigh over 220lbs. The British Kunekune Pig Society advises keeping at least 2 pigs in a minimum half an acre of land.

Picture: Kunekune pig at Dudley ZooKune Kune pigs at Dudley Zoo

 

More Kunekune pictures

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Micro pigs at Petpiggies

Micro pigs are a mixed breed of miniature pig and on average will grow to 15''-20'' in height. Apart from their small size, micro pigs have individual personalities and a docile temperament.

Pictures: Fully grown micro pigs at Petpiggies

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Micro pigs offspring will vary in adult size just as you would expect of any animal, or human, and it's true some Micro pig breeders will have smaller breeding stock than others.

It is extremely important that potential micro pig owners request pictures or videos of fully grown breeding stock and research ongoing care and welfare requirements of these wonderful pets prior to visiting a specialist breeder.

Videos of Fully Grown Micro pigs can be seen at Petpiggies YouTube channel, Click here

http://www.youtube.com/user/petpiggiesuk

If you are interested in owning a micro pig and would like to find out more, please email info@petpiggies.co.uk or contact us on 01525 288532