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Teacup Pig Rant


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If you have ever had a passing “Uptown Girls” fantasy of owning a teacup pig, I’m here to tell you that it’s never going to happen.

First of all there is no such thing as a teacup pig. There are many breeds of mini-pigs but none are as small as most people expect them to be. Most people expect the pigs they buy to grow to about 12 pounds but at the least will end up to be around 40 or 50 pounds at least but some can be hundreds of pounds fully grown.

Teacup pig breeders are able to trick their customers because pigs are able to breed between three and six months of age. And show their naïve customers how small the parents all, tricking them into thinking their new piglet will only get that big too.

Breeders also will starve the piglets in order to keep them small longer. Which eventually will cause irreparable health problems for the pig.

Finally it is often illegal to own livestock outside of a farm setting in many states. So this trend is not only ridiculous but against the law.

So basically, don’t play with your food.

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  1. Meritt Salathe on November 12th, 2015 10:19 pm

    great post. possible pig owners should also be aware that pigs are much craftier than dogs and much harder to care for! however, many find that pigs are extremely loyal and rewarding companions (George Clooney and his pig Max were steadfast friends for 18 years). There are breeds that are smallish, such as the American Mini Pig (this is a good article if you’re seriously considering making the commitment to owning a small pig: http://charmingminipigs.com/minipigeducation/about-mini-pigs/), but there is no such thing as a true “teacup pig.” I think that pigs can make wonderful pets, but like children they require a lot of care and attention, attention that we college students cannot provide!

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