Searching for the Truth About Teacup Pot Belly Pigs

Teacup pot belly pigs are adorable, but don't be fooled, they aren't available in the U.S. yet.

Teacup pot belly pigs have been seen as a new craze lately, especially in the celebrity world. The Today Show did a segment about teacup pot belly pigs in England. These pot belly pigs weigh only about 9 ounces when born and grow to be about the size of a small dog and weigh about 65 pounds. If this is true, they do stay a lot smaller than standard pot belly pigs that generally weigh between 120-150 pounds. However, these teacup pot belly pigs are not available in the United States yet. As of today, the rare mix between the Tamworth, Kune Kune and Gloucester Old Spot breeds are only available in England.

Although the “real” teacup pot belly pigs, also called micropigs are only available in England, many breeders in the U.S. still claim they are selling micropigs. However, according to Pigs4Ever, a pot belly pig gift and information site, these breeders are telling customers that pigs will stay small if they are not fed a lot. Pigs4Ever calls these “backyard breeders” and states that this scam will cause serious health problems and deformities in pot belly pigs and often lead to a premature death. The site also says that although many breeders claim to have a special line or breed, they don’t. As of now, all pot belly pigs in North American and Hawaii come from the same line.

So what is the truth about teacup pot belly pigs, do they actually stay small? Lifelong pig lover and book author, Priscilla Valentine said in a Zimbio magazine article that she knows of many people who thought they were buying micro or teacup pot belly pigs and found out the hard way that as they grew into adults they exceeded the promised weight. Some people were told the pigs would only weigh 25 pounds and in reality they ended up weighing over 100 pounds. This happens to many people and sadly results in the pig’s abandonment, whether they are left on the street or dropped off at a shelter. The moral of this story? Do your research! Real teacup pigs are not available in the U.S. yet, so do not expect to get a pig that will only grow as large as a small dog from a breeder in America. Research reputable breeders, or consider adopting one of the many abandoned pigs if you are looking for an addition to your family.

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