Although for lots of people the word pig invokes pictures of a farmyard, potbellied pigs are increasingly prominent as domestic pet. They are a lot smaller sized compared to the standard farm pig, and frequently seen with mixed black and also white coloring; or all black, all white, or silver coloring. Grownups generally weigh around 125-200 pounds, are fully-grown at 2-3 years and have to do with the height of a medium sized pet dog. They have actually a predicted lifespan of 15-20 years, and also are reasonably reduced maintenance pets, needing approximately the very same quantity of everyday treatment as a pet dog. Potbellied pigs are preferred city family pets, and their small dimension lends itself well to home living.
The potbellied pig originated in Vietnam, as well as is a combination of several types. Provided the opportunity, they could interbreed with typical ranch pigs as well as wild boars, as they are all part of the category sus scrofa. Potbellied pigs are exotic animals, which can make them a little bit a lot more frustrating compared to a pet cat or a pet dog for this reason: not all veterinarians treat them which could make it hard to get these family pets the care they need. Pigs need their tusks trimmed every number of years, and also may require their unguis trimmed yearly. A veterinarian, or a proprietor that has discovered just how from a physician, could execute these tasks. Pigs will have to be spayed or neutered and also need regular inoculations.
Potbellied pigs make satisfying animals since they are very intelligent and also caring. Nevertheless, like many pets they are prone to negligence and also hostility if not effectively worked out as well as mingled. At times, an adult pig may rebel against the proprietor in supposed “supremacy hostility”, as well as will certainly need to be reprimanded gently yet strongly, as well as showed to appreciate the proprietor’s authority. They could be well trained, if correctly inspired by food and also other rewards. They take well to favorable encouragement when they are behaving well, yet ought to not be physically punished.
Like any type of animal, a potbellied pig is a significant dedication, and also needs some specific care that demands time and also resources. Sanctuaries are overflowing with abandoned pigs whose owners did not anticipate the type of interest that their family pet would need. However, the intelligence, affection and also individuality of a well educated, properly looked after potbellied pig could be very gratifying for the prepared, liable owner.