We’ve all seen the ads and videos featuring “teacup pigs,” “micro mini pigs,” and a variety of other cutesy names, all of which claim the adorable piglet(s) in question won’t grow any larger.
These fictitious pig breeds are in fact one species: potbellied pigs. Originally bred in Vietnam, the potbellied pig is a domestic pig that is indeed miniature — but only when compared to the average farm pig. While adult farm pigs can weigh in at around 1,000 pounds, most potbellied pigs end up somewhere between 100 and 200 pounds, making them FAR too large for most suburban households to accommodate comfortably.
Pigs are incredibly intelligent. As a prospective pet guardian, it’s your duty to be smart too. There are countless pigs in need throughout the U.S. who were acquired by people who thought they’d stay tiny.
Don’t fall for the hype. Get the facts first. And if you’re interested in having a 150-pound piggy BFF, with all the work and responsibility that entails, please consider rescue. Our friends at the California Potbellied Pig Association (CPPA) would be happy to help you find the pig friend you’ve been longing for. ♥️🐾