Over the last few years people have started buying pigs for pets, a trend which seams to have been generated by celebrities around the world. There are horror stories of little squealers turning into monstrous oversize battering rams and causing damage and havoc.
In general, pigs are not suitable as pets, due to their very specific needs.
It is strongly advised that people do not to try to keep pigs, as it’s very difficult to care for them properly without a lot of knowledge and experience, large amounts of land and the correct facilities. Before getting any pigs it’s important you consider if you have the time, resources, commitment, knowledge and facilities to care for them.
Size of pigs
Whilst piglets may look cute, even miniature breeds (e.g. the Vietnamese pot-bellied pig) soon grow up to weigh 35 to 70 kilogrammes (over 150 kilogrammes if overfed). Other breeds will grow as large as a commercially farmed pig i.e. 200 to 300 kilogrammes, sometimes even larger.
The average life span of these breeds is five to ten years, although some can live up to 25 years.
Whilst some pigs have a very good temperament others should be handled with care.
Take a look at the following pages for some important considerations for anyone considering or already keeping pet pigs.