Raising a Pot Bellied Pig

As with all exotic pets, your pot bellied pig will require special care. This shouldn't be a cause for alarm as your pet or pets will adapt to living either in your home or in an outdoor enclosure. Like a child depends on his parent, your pet will depend on you to take care of her. Being informed makes the journey fun for both of you.

How large will your pet be. As with all exotic pets, Pot bellied pig or mini pigs as they are commonly called, can make a wonderful pet if you are prepared. A pot bellied pig will reach maturity in 3 to 4 years and weigh around 150 to 200 pounds. If your pig weighs more than 200 pounds or you notice rolls of fat around the eyes or the belly drags the ground, your pig is probably overweight. 

What do you feed your pot bellied pig. Like farm pigs, they will eat most anything, but like children they can and will develop an appetite for foods that are not good for them. They should be fed mini pig food that can be purchased at most farm stores. Vegetables, apples etc. are also healthy. High fiber is good, high fat is not and will make your pig fat. 

Pot bellied pigs are highly intelligent animals, ranking 4th, just behind dogs. They can be taught to walk on a leash, sit, lay down etc. They are herd animals though and as such, they will try to dominate, so it is necessary to show you are the boss. When teaching your pig, do not hit it as they do remember and will refuse to obey. A food treat is the best way to train them. 

Yes a mini pig can be housebroken. If you are going to keep your pig in the house, beware, they are much like a two year old. They will learn to open cabinets, refrigerators and doors. They are very curious creatures. They seem to get along well with cats and older children, but may try to dominate a younger child that they consider to be weaker. They also get along with non aggressive dogs, however, they should never be left alone with one as the pot bellied pig may try to control the dog and even a mild mannered dog may attack. In such cases the pig will nearly always lose. If you remember a few simple rules, you and your mini pig will be best friends.

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