For several years now the miniature pig has been in great demand as a pet. According to Forbes magazine, he is considered by far the smartest pet in the world and could be easily trained. He can learn to go through a cat flap, to ring a bell to warn his owners that he needs to go out, is hypoallergenic, moults once a year and sweats little.
More and more municipalities are changing the regulations to accept the miniature pig as a pet, but many do not have regulations because it is a new animal. The pig is an animal that adapts very well to apartments, condos or houses, but you have to pay attention to the number of floors, because even though it is capable of going up and down stairs, a second floor would be too much for it.
The dwarf pig is a very physical animal that needs a lot of affection, attention and cuddling with its master. It is far from looking like a rabbit and will not try to spend his days in a cage! On the contrary! He needs to walk, just like a small breed dog. Besides, the cage is not necessary for a pig. He will do very well without and can even stay alone for about eight hours without any problem! However, a pig grinds its teeth and can make about forty different sounds. So, if we don’t tolerate noise, we forget! In fact, it’s like caring for a 4-year-old at all times! You have to be authoritarian and be able to assert yourself, because the pig is very intelligent and has a head of... pig. So, as with a child, it will try. If you are too gentle, it will take advantage!
His intelligence is legendary and has been repeated a few times already! In fact, it is possible to show his pig several tricks: colors, grimaces, give the paw, turn, etc. It is surprising to see how much we can do to this adorable little beast!
The miniature pig is naturally clean. It is possible to get used to the litter with wood pellets or chips. Pine shavings would be the ideal litter, as it is natural, non-toxic and the smell of pine attracts them. The litter box will have to be placed in a room that will be easily accessible to it and will never have to be changed so it can get used to it. If you move him, you will teach him that it is okay to do his needs everywhere. It is even possible to get used to the training mats (pipi pad). Some even teach their pigs to ask for the door, but in the winter, they won’t stay outside very long because they are rather chilly.
The pig eats about a cup in the morning and evening, and to spoil it or give it a small snack, nothing is better than a few fruits and vegetables. Pig feed is not too expensive (about $30 a pocket) and lasts about two to three months. For fruits and vegetables, you don’t have to buy them fresh! A few scraps, cucumber or carrot peels, etc. can do the trick. In fact, your pig will be a bit like your new compost bin!
Water must be at his disposal at all times, because he can die very quickly if he lacks it. And he drinks a lot, so pick a bowl accordingly.
Seeded grapes, rhubarb, salt, butter, chocolate and dog and cat food are deadly to the pig.
You have to be careful when you get a miniature pig so you don’t get screwed! Basically, there are several types and breeds of pigs, and at birth, they are all very small. Only with their curve and growth thrust will it be possible to define what the final size will look like. Very often, what is sold as dwarf pigs turns out to be Vietnamese pigs that will ultimately weigh between 150 and 250 lbs, whereas in general, a dwarf pig will weigh between 35 and 70 lbs or less!
So be on the lookout and make sure you get your pig from a breeder who will be able to give you the proper paperwork.
To buy a miniature pig, it usually costs $1,000 to $2,000 for a baby, depending on the colour of the baby. That said, this price usually includes vaccines, deworming, microchip and sterilization.
His entrance into your home
The pig has a phenomenal memory and it’s very easy to gain their trust… just like losing it! It is therefore important to make sure that his first days with you will go as smoothly as possible. Plan a room or enclosure for his first days so that he can learn the basics of education. This will reassure him and help you clean and socialize. Litter on one side and water and food on the other (and make sure the floor is not slippery).
Don’t approach him from above! Approach him from the side, or you’ll scare him. Give him a treat and wait for him to come to you and repeat the experience until the confidence develops. When he comes naturally to you, you will know that he is confident, and if he lies on his side during a belly scratch, you will know that he is under your spell! Soon he will follow you everywhere and that’s when you can make him discover the other rooms of the house!