How to Care for a Mini or Teacup Pig

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How to Care for Micro, Mini and Teacup Pigs

If you are considering buying a pet pig, these tips will help you care for a micro, mini, teacup or pocket pig. 

1. Check local regulations to make sure keeping a mini pig, even a small pig, is legal in your neighborhood.

2  Be sure you have the means to keep a mini pig healthy and happy. 

Mini pigs are very social, so you need to be able to spend time interacting with them, and you need to be able to assert yourself as the leader (much like with dogs) or else you'll end up with a spoiled, pushy and possibly aggressive mini pig, which could be dangerous for children. Consider getting two mini pigs or teacup pigs so that they can keep each other company, as well.

Remember that mini pigs and teacup pigs are very smart and curious. Once they learn how to do something (open the fence door, and so on) they won't forget, and you need to stay one step ahead of them. Mini pigs can also be very sneaky, not unlike a toddler who'll try to manipulate you to get their way. It's important to keep a miniature pig preoccupied and stimulated, or else they can be destructive when bored.

Part of micro, mini, teacup and pocket pig care should be providing them with an area outside where they can exercise their rooting instinct. If this is not possible, then a rooting box will suffice.

3  Adopt or buy a mini pig from a reputable miniature pig breeder. A piglet from a pet store or farm might seem cute, but it might also turn into an unhealthy and unsocialized nightmare. Visit the breeder's facility and ask to see the parents of the prospective piglet (the boar and the sow) so you can judge their temperament and know what to expect with yours.

 Love your mini pig! These small pigs, like most pets, enjoy interaction with their 'person' and it is not unusual to see a micro mini pig or teacup pig lying down for a tummy tickle.

5  Miniature pigs love a kiddie pool to cool off in hot weather because they don't sweat and this is the only way that they can stay cool.

6  Be careful of the free range method as pigs 'root' and can turn a reasonably large area into a plowed field in no time. We have found a daily supplement of Selenium with vitamin E will stop the rooting altogether.

7  Be sure you to allow your mini pig access to plentiful grazing and feed your pig a varied and satisfying diet then the problem of rooting can be lessened.

8  Feed your miniature pig special Mini Pig Food, which is especially designed for the miniature pig. They will enjoy a variety of fruits and vegetables too. Never feed your pet mini pig feed intended for a farm pig, other farm animals or dog food.

9  If your mini piglet will be primarily an outside pet, make sure he or she has their own dry and sheltered sleeping spot where they can enjoy hay as their bedding. Miniature piglets burrow into a deep litter of hay to stay warm. An adult pig will be satisfied with wood shavings (not sawdust).

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Micro mini pigs and teacup pigs make remarkable pets for many reasons! They are extremely intelligent and super affectionate. They are very hardy animals and surprisingly clean! Pigs do not shed and can not have fleas. Pigs do not have fur (they have bristles), therefore people are not allergic to them or their saliva. They are active and are very compatible with children as well as other pets. 

What do I feed my micro mini pig and how much?

Your local pet store or feed store should have a special miniature pig food with at least 12% protein or they can order it for you. Miniature pigs can also have hay, fruits, and vegetables, but be careful not to overfeed. This can lead to a very overweight unhealthy pig. Normally you would feed ½ cup for every 25 lbs of bodyweight each day. Always make sure they have plenty of fresh water. Supplement with fresh vegetables. Also, your area may be deficient in Selenium and you will need to add it to your potbelly's diet. We use a mix of Selenium and Vitamin E. Food/water dishes should be heavy ceramic bowls or tip-proof bowls.

 Can I keep my pet pig in the house?

 Yes! They are easily potty trained and are very clean animals. They tend to get along with cats and dogs, but you should never leave your pet pig alone with any dog.

 Should I have two pigs so they have a companion?

 If you want your pig to be bonded to you, then one pig is recommended. You can get a second pig later on after you have bonded with the first pig. If you get two pigs at the same time, they will bond with each other and won't make very good pets.

Does my pig need vaccinations?
 It depends on who you ask and if your pig is exposed to other farm animals. Your vet can let you know what vaccines are important. They should also be de-wormed every 3-4 months. Make sure your vet is familiar with miniature pigs.

 What do I need before I bring my pig home?

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 Litter Box:

You'll want a litter box large enough for the pig to turn around in and with a low opening. Wood pellets work well. If your pig is allowed outside, a doggie door is very useful.

Pet Bed:

 A soft dog bed or the bottom of a travel crate works well. Make sure the area where the pig sleeps is free of drafts and not next to a heat vent.


 Indoors, your piglet will need a space of his or her own, either a large crate, a pack & play or a small room. There it will need its litter box, bed and blankets.
 If your pig will live outdoors, it will need a place to get out of the sun, wind, and rain. If you don't have such a building outside, a nice dog house would work. Its best to have a fenced area that neighbor dogs can't dig under or jump over. Don't use any pesticides or harmful fertilizers on grass the pig will root in or plants she/he might eat.

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Winter Care Tips

Cold winter weather is fast approaching (or already here for some of us) and it's time to make sure you have everything you need to keep your pet miniature pig healthy and happy.

Just like their caregivers, pet pigs seem more susceptible to sickness during the winter months. There are some things you can do to reduce this risk. If your miniature pig spends most of his time outdoors it is very important that he has adequate shelter. This includes a sturdy structure that will retain his body heat and protect him from cold drafts. Provide suitable bedding like blankets or hay. When it comes to bedding it needs to be dry and clean. Condensation and your pig's body heat can dampen his bedding in a hurry. Wet bedding will make your pig more prone to sickness, which is something we all want to avoid.

To prevent frostbite on your pig’s ears, tail and feet, do not leave your indoor pig outside for too long. 

Since your pig does not have much hair for protection against winter’s cold, a coat or sweater can provide the warmth your pig needs. It takes more energy in the winter to keep body temperature regulated, so you might need to provide your pig additional calories if she spends a lot of time outdoors.

Towel or blow dry your pig if he gets wet from rain or snow. To avoid tiny cuts and cracked pads, it is important to clean and dry his hooves, too.

Do not leave you pig alone in a car. It gets too cold and carbon monoxide from a running engine is very dangerous.

Keep in mind that your miniature pig still needs exercise during the winter. It's perfectly OK to go on walks and let him run around during cold weather as long as the conditions are not extreme. Use your best judgment. To prevent frostbite on your pig’s ears, tail and feet, do not leave your indoor pig outside for too long. One thing you do have to pay attention to is the surface your pig walks on during his exercise. Pigs can easily slip and hurt themselves on wet or icy pavement. Please guard against a broken bone or fracture!

In addition to the need for shelter and exercise, you may notice that your pig has a larger than normal appetite during the coldest months of the year. This is usually caused by an increased need for energy. Your pig will need more food to stay warm. If your miniature pig shows signs of a reduced appetite, it could be a sign of sickness so please consult your veterinarian as soon as possible.

One thing we mini pig breeders know well, it that a pig with a respiratory infection can die in a matter of hours. Be vigilant about any changes in pig; appetite, energy level, gait, as these can tell you a lot about how your pig is feeling. If you notice your mini pig panting, this means that he or she is not able to breathe easily and is having trouble getting enough air into the lungs.  This may be the only clue you have to go on, but it is probably pneumonia, which can be deadly to mini pigs. Don't hesitate to call the vet at the first sign of this disease!

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A pig who is outside has no way to dissipate the extra heat from her body except by submersing herself in water. Therefore, all pigs who are kept outside for an extended period of time should be provided a wading pool of clean water. It is recommended that the water in this pool be changed frequently.

A pig kept in the house should have their bed placed well away from drafts caused by air conditioning. Also, pigs who live under air conditioning will need a blanket or sheet to snuggle up with. Your pig's outdoor area should have shade and shelter to provide her a place to rest comfortably.

Never leave a pig in your vehicle. Heatstroke can occur in minutes. Heatstroke can lead to brain damage or death. Signs of heatstroke are rapid excessive breathing with mouth open, rapid pulse, and fever. To cool your pig immediately stand her in cool water. Only cool from the feet up. Do not pour water over your pig's head or body. This may cause your pig to go into shock. Seek immediate emergency veterinary assistance
Always make sure your pig has access to fresh water. Remember to avoid exercise with your pig on extremely hot days and completely refrain from physical activity when the sun's heat is most intense.


We all think we know our pigs better than anyone else, but it is important to remember most of us are not medical professionals. If you ar€ uncertain of how to treat your pig's medical needs or if you have any questions, you should contact your veterinarian immediately. Listed below is some important information to keep in mind with the arrival of summer:

Your pig may be bitten by insects. If your pig is bitten or stung, remove the stinger and watch the site for an allergic reaction. If allergic reactions occur or if there have been multiple wasp, bee or mosquito bites, take your pig to the vet.

Check your pig daily for fleas and ticks.

Most lawn and garden products may be hazardous. Make sure that plants and fertilizers within your pig's reach are not toxic. This includes the products you use on your lawn.

Have your pig's vaccinations updated, if necessary. Even pet pigs are susceptible to swine diseases.

No matter how careful and responsible you may be, accidents can happen. Make sure Animal Poison Control and your vet's phone numbers are close at hand and available to all family members. And, don't forget the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 (a $50 fee may be charged to a credit card depending on the poisoning).


Taking your pig on outings or vacations with you can be a rewarding way to spend time with your pet. However, as a responsible pig owner there are certain precautions you should take.

Provide plenty of fresh water and shade for your pig. Also, you may wish to carry a water mister along to cool you pig down on hot summer days.

If you have a pool to enjoy the summer with, make sure your pig knows how to get out of it. Should she get too hot, she may choose to jump into your pool to cool off.

Mini pigs can sunburn easily. If your pig is not acclimated to the sun, you should app!y a sun block to protect her from sunburn. This applies to both black and white pigs. Also, your pig should be provided a shady area on sunny days. Should your pig experience sunburn, you can treat her with a topical soothing agent, just as you would for yourself.

Cool ocean water is tempting to your pig. Do not allow her to drink too much sea water. Salt in the water will make her sick.

Not all beaches, parks and hotels permit pets. Make sure you are informed before you begin your outing or vacation

If you are unable to take your pig along on your outing or vacation, the best care you can provide for your pig, whether in your home or at a boarding facility, is by someone who is properly trained and is knowledgeable about potbellied pigs.


The majority of pigs can swim and love it. Here are some important tips for teaching your pig how to swim:

Never throw your pig into the water.

Start in the shallow water and call your pig's name. You can try to coax her in with a treat. Be ~sure to be close at hand.

Swimming is a great form of exercise, but don't let your pig overdo it. She will be using new muscles and may tire quickly.

Be careful of strong tides that are hazardous for even the best swimmers.

Never leave your pig unattended. Make sure she knows the way out of the water and can climb the pool steps without problem. You should always be in a position to help your pig get out of the water.

The best time to prepare for a health problem is when the pig is young and healthy. When he is 14, 45 pounds and he is sick. you have a problem, but more importantly he has a problem. Having a planned method to handle moving him and a vet who is willing and able to treat him may save his life. Unlike the human children in our lives we cannot pick him up and carry him to the car, strap him in and drive to the nearest hospital. I can tell you from my own early days with pigs and from the hundreds of panicking pig guardians I have talked to over the phone, the first time you have a sick pig emergency it will scare you so bad you will trade your right arm for an ambulance to come for him. But there's no one but you to save him. Plan ahead for his sake, and yours.

Number one is harness training him when he is very young.  With this training, your pig will be much easier to handle and move into an automobile for the trip to the vet.  Please don't put off this training!
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