10 Facts About Potbellied Pigs that You Probably Didn’t Know

Think you know everything about pot bellied pigs? Read the list below to find out something new!

Potbelly pigs were brought to the United States in the 1980’s.

Potbellied pigs can be taught many tricks including sit, stay, and can be litter trained.

Our potbellied pigs know some of these tricks and they are litter trained to go outside and inside our house. You may ask how do you have them going in your house? Well we went and got a giant kiddie pool, cut a giant opening in the side and filled it with litter. Our big potbelly is almost 200 pounds so she has a little trouble using her box but she likes it.

Some pigs love getting bathed and some don’t. For our pigs it varies, some days they may be hesitant and not like the water at first. Leann will sometimes make “grring” noises before she gets used to the water. Then when she gets used to water she will either stand there or lay down and roll in the muddy grass. Leann piggy (our nickname) is pretty silly sometimes. Our little piggy, Daisy, doesn’t really like getting sprayed by the hose, so we usually have to hurry up and wash her.

Potbelly pigs can’t really get fleas but they can get ticks. Luckily I never really had to deal with the problem of disease or ticks with my pigs. They only got sick twice and that’s about it.

Pigs shed their coat every year and grow it back. Our pigs Leann and Daisy start shedding their hair in the late spring to early summer and at the end of the summer they start growing it back. The pigs look really silly without their hair in the summer but in the fall they grow the the cutest Mohawks. It’s funny when they get startled or when you scratch their backs and their hair stands up. The only bad part about when they shed is that it literally gets everywhere; it will get in your shoes which hurt, on your couch, all over the floor, and more. The pig hair is sort of difficult to sweep up with a sweeper too.

Pigs do not have sweat glands to help keep their body temperature at a normal steady rate. So try to keep them cool throughout the summer months. When our pigs get hot we either hose them, give them cold fruit, put some crushed ice in their water, put the air conditioning on or they will stay inside and not want to go outside.

Potbelly pigs like to root the ground outside with their snout and forage for bugs and plants to eat. We have so many holes in our yard from Leann rooting our yard but she does eat all the prickly plants that we don’t like to weed out.

Pigs have a wonderful sense of smell or hearing. If I am in the kitchen and I peel an orange Leann will come running out from the bedroom and beg for it. Also if I open the refrigerator in the middle of the night and barely make a noise Daisy or Leann will emerge from the bedroom and they will start begging. It is amazing how keen their sense of smell and hearing is.

A scared pig’s squeal is a little louder than a jet engine taking off. I believe this fact, when we first got our pigs every time you would try to hold them in your arms they would scream really loud and continue until you put them down. Leann eventually got used to being held but Daisy never did.

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