Frequently asked questions
What is a Micro
Micro pigs have been selectively bred over many generations to produce a pet pig that is much smaller than a typical sized farm pig. Vietnamese potbelled pigs that grow to be 150-300 pounds were sent to zoos in western nations in the 1960's and were later selectively bred smaller for scientific research. In the 1980s miniature pigs, generally weighing less than 150 pounds, were introduced into America as pets and have been bred down in size ever since.
So how big is a fully-grown Micro pig?
Micro pigs can vary in size just as you would expect of any breed of dog or other animal so it is very important you request pictures of fully grown adult breeding stock from specialist breeders to understand how your piggy will look in a few years time.
We believe our Micro pigs are some of the smallest in the World and would
encourage all potential owners to visit to meet our piggies and gain a thorough
understanding of these beautiful animals and their ongoing welfare
How much do Micro pigs cost?
Prices will vary with each litter. Contact us on 01525 288532 for up to date availability and prices.
NOTE: All boys are sold castrated.
Can I keep my Micro pig indoors?
No! We would not wish to see Micro pigs kept indoors. By all means enjoy your pet in the house when you are present but ensure your Micro pig has access to suitable outdoor space and sleeping quarters.
Are Micro pigs
expensive to keep?
No. An adult Micro pigs main diet of specialist pig nuts will cost around £3 per week. Additional weekly costs may include treats i.e. apples, pears, carrots, monkey nuts and barley straw if you choose to use this as bedding.
Do Micro pigs get on with children and other animals?
Yes. Micro pigs are very sociable and enjoy the company of people and other animals. Being a herd animal they should not be kept alone as they may suffer from depression. We recommend keeping at least 2 Micro pigs if other animals or human contact is not available on a regular basis. NEVER keep an uncastrated boar as a pet!
Are Micro pigs
Micro pigs are very clean. Provided they have access to outside space they will always choose to toilet outside and will never mess in or near their sleeping area.
Can I toilet train my Micro pig?
Yes. Micro pigs respond quickly to litter training. Use a large litter tray filled with Pine shavings when your piggy has to be kept indoors and install a large dog flap to allow free outside access. Avoid cat litter pellets as these may harm your piggy.
What will I need to own and care for my Micro pig?
You must obtain a CPH (council parish holding) number before buying or keeping a Micro pig, this is a legal requirement and available free of charge through the Rural Payments Agency on 0845 6037777. You will also need a securely fenced outdoor enclosure of at least 36 sq meters, the bigger the better and draught free waterproof housing i.e, large kennel or small pig ark.
How long do Micro pigs live?
Expected life span is 10-15 years.
When are Micro pigs fully grown?
They are fully grown at 2-3 years of age.
Indoors, a dog or cat basket is ideal for a Micro pig with some blankets or a duvet to provide extra warmth. Barley straw is recommended outdoors in waterproof draught free housing.