Why We Love Pigs

When Your Pig is Home Alone

Spending Time With Your Mini Pig

The Social Mini Pig

Why People Love Micro Mini Pigs
What's Not to Love!
Mini pig putting pieces of a puzzle together
Micro Mini and Teacup Pigs Make Amazing Pets!


1. Why do we love teacup pigs and micro mini pigs? They are extremely intelligent and super affectionate. They are very hardy animals and surprisingly clean! 

2. Pigs do not shed and cannot acquire fleas. Pigs do not have fur (they have bristles), therefore people are not allergic to them or their saliva. For people who could never before have a pet due to allergies, these pigs may just be the solution. 

3. They are very active and are very compatible with children as well as other pets. Our piglets easily get along with other animals because they are raised with cats, dogs and all types of farm animals. Being raised with other animals is the key to ensure they get along with your own cats, dogs, etc. A pig is an animal of prey, whereas; dogs and cats are predators. Both cats and”dogs will attack other species of animals, including their own, as a part of their natural instinct. Pigs, as prey animals, are non-aggressive by nature. Their first instinct is to retreat (run) rather than attack. Part of the reason they squeal when picked up and held in the air is because their ability to retreat or run has been taken away. However, the more you hold them, the more they trust and the squealing decreases.

4. With the proper time put forth and the adequate love given, your micro mini pig will become an amazing pet with endless possibilities!

Learn About Pig Health and Training


Do you know when a pig is sick? Need information on caring for your pig? You can also find out how easy it is to potty train a miniature pig in just 5 easy steps! We hope you will take a minute to look around our website and see micro mini pig photos and descriptions, mini pig prices and other helpful information about our amazing Mini Pigs for sale and Tuxedo Teacup Pigs for sale. 

You can be sure that we will always be here for our mini piglets and their new parents from the first contact throughout the life of the pig; call or email barbara@minipigs4sale.com anytime. We will offer our assistance with any questions that you may have when acclimating your new mini pig or teacup pig to his or her new home.  

We invite you to experience the love and companionship that only owning a Micro Mini pig or Teacup pig can bring to your life. Contact us with any questions or concerns you may have; before, during and after buying one of our Miniature Pigs and we will be pleased to answer you promptly. USDA Registration # 00JZX79 Shipping available within the U.S.

Make a Root Box for Your Miniature Pig:

1. Build a box out of plywood for your pig to root around in since this is one of her natural instincts. Make the box about 4 inches deep and at least 2 feet by 2 feet in size. The box can be bigger if you have the space or you have a large pig who requires more room to root.

2. Fill the root box with hay or large, smooth river rocks. Rocks should be large enough to prevent your pig from accidentally swallowing them or choking on them. Damp hay will also keep the mess level down.

3. Hide food or treats like natural popcorn or Cheerios in the root box for your pig to find. Select low fat treats for the healthiest option.

If you don't want to build a root box, you can use a shallow kiddie pool instead. Make sure it's not too deep so the pig can get in easily.


Spending Time With Your Piglet
by Barbara Dunham

Keeping your piglet stimulated and entertained is important, as an idle piggie can develop negative behaviors. Pigs are social animals. In the absence of human or other pig contact, they like to play with toys. When you select toys for your pig, you should take into consideration what pigs like to do. There aren't a lot of pig toys on the market; but you can make some yourself.
Things You'll Need:
Treats
Toys
Box
Ball
Newspaper
Hay
1. Select a Pet Pig Busy Ball to keep your mini pig occupied. Made from hard plastic, these balls are hollow and hold treats and pig chow. There's a hole in them just big enough for some food to spill out, providing hours of entertainment for piglets.

2. Buy baby toys for pet pigs. Simple baby toys made for children under the age of 18 months are appropriate for pigs because they don't have any parts that can be broken off and swallowed.

3. Make sure the baby toy you have chosen is too big for the pig to swallow
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Home Alone

When you are not around to supervise your new baby, you should have a small kennel or playpen. In your pen you should have their bed, blanket, food and water dish and litter box. Do not leave your pet alone in your home until you are sure it understands and respects the house rules and is old enough to get to the litter box from one end of the house to the other.

Don't expect a new baby to be able to get to the litter box in time if it is way across the other end of the house. 


Baby pigs normally will go through an initial period of screaming when picked up, this is a normal response. We  work a great deal with handling our baby piglets many times during the day and give them individual attention so that they are used to being held by the time you receive your little one. We love our pigs and our piglets give their trust to us.



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Mini Pig in Rooting Box
Mini Pigs Playing Soccer
Crate to keep mini pig in when you are not home
pink pig for background
What Do Mini Pigs Like To Do?
They love to PLAY! Give your piglet toys or they will find their own. Rubber or Tennis Balls, Squeeky Toys, Plush Toys all make great toys for mini pigs. Just be careful not to give them anything with small pieces that can be a choking hazard.  If it's ok for a baby person to have, then it's ok for a baby pig. 
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Environmental Enrichment for the Miniature Pet Pig 
Valarie V. Tynes, DVM, DACVB 
Ceva Animal Health
 Sweetwater, Texas 

To understand the pig’s environmental needs, it is necessary to be familiar with the time budget of the pig in the wild. Feral pigs spend the majority of their day either foraging for food or resting.

1 When foraging, they use their excellent sense of smell to locate food sources and their strong snout to dig into the earth for invertebrates, fungi, roots, and seeds. Pigs eat most anything while foraging, including carrion.

2 Pig-Proofing Although miniature pigs can be house trained and make good indoor pets, they still require time outdoors. Restricting a pig to living completely indoors is not in the animal’s best interest and makes providing for its physical and mental health needs extremely difficult. Owners who choose to keep a pig indoors much of the time and allow it outdoors primarily for elimination need to be educated that the pig’s indoor area must be carefully “pig-proofed” (Figure 1); otherwise, a pig will use its nose to root up flooring, move furnishings, and sometimes even remove wallpaper and drywall. When a pig cannot be supervised, it needs to be confined in a room where the owner will not be too distressed if a certain amount of damage occurs. The room should contain a variety of items for the pig to manipulate with its nose, such as old blankets or other bedding; stuffed animals; newspapers; large and heavy, rubber, vinyl, or plastic balls; and pillows (Figure 2). Avoid any toy that is fragile or has small parts that could be broken off and ingested. Most toys that are safe for small children are safe for pigs. Studies show, however, that pigs prefer items that they can manipulate and destroy; otherwise, they quickly tire of them.
3 Offering paper that can be shredded and is unlikely to cause harm when eaten is useful for indoor pigs. Ropes made of natural fibers with ends to fray are often provided to pigs housed in commercial or laboratory swine facilities and are good alternative toys for pet pigs. 

Foraging 

Many owners complain that their pig is “always hungry.” Actually, they are mistaking the pig’s drive to forage for hunger. Even though the pig’s need for food has been met, its motivation to spend time investigating and manipulating its environment has not. This drive is best satisfied by feeding the pig its ration in rooting boxes and by offering foraging toys or puzzles. A rooting box (Figure 3) can be made of any container with sides low enough for the pig to step into and large enough for the pig to turn around in. Small, plastic wading pools are excellent for this purpose: cut a small entryway to allow the pig to easily step in and out. Fill the bottom of the box with smooth, flat stones, small plastic balls (Figure 4), or loosely crumpled newspaper. Advise the pet owner to sprinkle a portion of the pig’s daily ration in the rooting box and allow it to hunt for the food. Not only does this slow the pig’s eating, giving it more time to feel satiated, but it mimics the time that the pig might spend foraging in the wild. Because the rooting box will smell like food and be associated with food in the pig’s mind, the animal will go there frequently to root. Time spent performing this appropriate, species-typical behavior is time not spent performing destructive behaviors. Foraging toys (Figure 5) are another enrichment device pigs enjoy. Foraging and puzzle toys available commercially for dogs can also be used for pigs. These devices can also be homemade and created from plastic bottles or jugs by cutting holes of approximately the same size as the pig’s feed in the bottle. Pour feed into the bottle and give to the pig to manipulate with its nose. As the bottle moves, food falls out of the holes. To provide variety and to keep the pig “thinking,” feeding can be rotated between the rooting box and other foraging puzzles.
 There is no reason to ever feed a healthy adult pig from a bowl. 

Outdoor Pigs 

Pigs that are housed primarily outdoors will live a more enriched life simply by being outdoors. However, they can still get into trouble and make owners unhappy by damaging a well-groomed yard. Encourage owners to fence off a section of yard in which to confine the pig. A rooting area, which can be a depression filled with sand or soil or even a plastic wading pool, should be provided. Areas of softer soil naturally draw the pig, especially if food is periodically scattered there. Straw and hay are also compelling to most pigs, and they will spend time investigating and rooting in these materials, particularly when first offered. Pet owners who are less concerned about the beauty of their yards can be advised to spread pig food across the grass; this is an excellent way to make the pig forage for its food. Providing foraging toys and rooting boxes can still help limit damage that a pig will do to a yard. Warn owners in hot climates to expect that a pig will dig in an attempt to reach cooler subsoil for resting. Pigs also up-end water containers to make their own mud puddles for cooling. It is important to secure drinking water sources so pigs do not run out of drinking water on a hot day.

 Positive Reinforcement Training 

Pigs are intelligent animals, and positive reinforcement training stimulates the pig’s mind and reinforces the human–animal bond (Figure 6). Some owners may think that training their pigs to do tricks is somehow demeaning, but positive reinforcement training is an excellent way to enrich a pig’s life. Positive reinforcement training also helps teach the pig to participate in its own health care by learning to allow examination of body parts, venipuncture, weighing, and simply tolerating handling by people. Because pigs are prey animals, humans interacting with them in a consistent, predictable manner helps establish trust. Social Enrichment Pigs are by nature highly social, so housing with conspecifics is one of the most valuable forms of enrichment. Although human companionship is valuable, it is unlikely to provide the equivalent degree of companionship as another pig. Ideally, pigs should never have to live without a conspecific. Pigs do not naturally accept unknown pigs into their family groups, however, and severe aggression is likely when 2 unfamiliar pigs first meet. While unfamiliar pigs can be introduced and eventually learn to live together quite peacefully, encourage pet owners to acquire at least 2 pigs at the same time to avoid the trauma of introducing unfamiliar pigs later in life.

 In sum pigs make unique and charming pets, but their behavioral needs make them challenging to maintain. Providing appropriate enrichment can make the difference between enjoying the pet pig and perceiving it as a destructive nuisance. Social enrichment is extremely important, but providing a pig with a variety of items to manipulate with its nose is one of the most important forms of enrichment. Training the pet pig with positive reinforcement also provides an effective form of enrichment and helps establish a bond between the pig and owner.

 References
 1. The behavior of pigs in a semi-natural environment. Stolba A, WoodGush DGM. Anim Prod 48:419–425, 1989.
 2. Behavior and ecology of wild and feral swine (Sus scrofa). Graves HB. J Anim Sci 58:482–492, 1984. 
3. Why do pigs root and in what will they root? A review on the exploratory behavior of pigs in relation to environmental enrichment. Studnitz M, Jensen MB, Pederson LJ. Appl Anim Behav Sci 107:183– 197, 2007. 
4. The establishment and nature of the dominance hierarchy in the domesticated pig. Meese GB, Ewbank R. Anim Behav 21:326–334, 1973.
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Figure 1- A Mini pig's "room"
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Figure 2 - Young pig surrounded by manipulative toys and blankets
mini pig in a rooting box
Figure 3 - Rooting Box
mini pig in a pool filled with colorful balls
Figure 4 -Plastic pool filled with balls
Ball that can be filled with treats
treat puzzle that will test your pigs intelligence
musical cake toy that holds treats
treat dispensing toy
Figure 5- Foraging Toys
Mini pig putting pieces of a puzzle together
Figure 6 - Positive Reinforcement Training
Does Your Micro Mini Pig Like Wearing Clothes?

Micro Mini and Teacup Pigs can wear pet clothing too. There's no reason you can not dress your pig just as you would dress any other pet.  As a breeder, I have raised many micro mini and teacup piglets and I have always loved dressing my piglets up in pretty outfits.  However not all mini pigs enjoy this activity.  While they are so cute wearing clothing, make sure they are not uncomfortable.  Check that the neck opening is not too tight and that they can move their feet freely. I have raised my piglets to be socialized and to accept wearing a harness, but that's about as far as some as willing to go.  While the majority have been very accepting of clothing.  The photo on the right is of my pinkie, Myra, who is 3 years old.  She has been letting me dress her since she was a newborn.  She even lifts her feet to put them in the dress sleeve holes. Such a good girl!