Pigs as Pets | Best Friends Animal Society

Jen Reid of Best Friends Animal Society's  offered her expert opinion about keeping pigs as pets.
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First, check with local government officials to find out if the area where you live is zoned for potbellied pigs. Some residential zones do not allow potbellied pigs as pets. Other places allow them, but impose restrictions such as housing requirements or weight limits. If your home is part of a homeowner association (HOA), you’ll need to check the HOA rules and regulations to see if pigs are permitted.

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We often receive emails and phone calls regarding pigs showing aggressive behavior. Our first question is always this: “Do you have more than one pig?” Pigs establish a pecking order quickly. If they do not have another pig to communicate with, they turn to their human companions and treat them as part of their sounder. (A sounder is what a group of pigs is called.) If a pig lives alone, he or she will likely challenge you, your spouse, your pets or your children for dominance in the household. While some sources on the Internet advise people to respond aggressively to this challenge, we've seen it backfire, resulting in pigs who are aggressive in turn. Guinea pigs as pets
Photo provided by FlickrBut Jones says it's likely the amendment will be hammered out and the rules will permit pigs as pets.
Photo provided by FlickrIt turns out that small pigs are popular pets, but not legal in roughly half of California cities and now Benicia has made them legal. (KGO-TV)
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VegasPigPets receives a percentage of all sales clicked through this link to help with the costs of vetting, spay/neuter programs and placing pigs in new homes!If you're interested in adopting a puppy-sized pet pig who will stay small forever, prepare for a harsh reality. Though the concept of an eternally tiny porcine pal may be cute, much of it is a myth, and it's easy to be fooled by irresponsible breeders making false promises. Still, smaller pigs suitable for keeping as pets do exist -- you just have to do your homework if you want to avoid raising a full-sized pig with an appetite to match.Smithsonian that a Chinese firm responsible for producing genetically altered tiny pigs for use as lab animals was planning to sell them as pets. No word on that yet.
Vietnamese Potbellied pigs were imported into the U.S. from Canada in 1985 as companion pets. They were promoted by the national media as clean, smart, small, and affectionate pets. The first potbellied pigs sold for extravagant sums—as high as $25,000!There is no such breed as a "teacup," "micro" or "miniature" pig. It simply does not exist. (All domesticated pigs, both those farmed for food and those kept as pets, are the same subspecies, Sus scrofa domesticus.) Breeders may use terms like these to describe the size of a pig, but adopting a "teacup" or "dandie" pig doesn't guarantee your pet will remain small. Many factors determine a pig's adult size, and two pigs who are the same size at birth may attain radically different sizes as they grow.
In general, pigs have the potential to be great pets—or terrible pets. It really depends upon the expectations and efforts of the owners. Pigs are not small. They are not easily transportable, and they do not belong in apartments. They get bored easily, can become aggressive, and can make a mess of your house. And, OF COURSE, pigs will do ANYTHING for food! That's what being a pig is all about!