Pigs aren’t considered the most glamorous of animals, especially when considering keeping them as pets. But there are an increasing number of people who are keeping them as pets and it turns out that apart from being cute, they are quite lovable.
In the United States, pigs are considered an exotic pet and zoning laws exist as forms of control over where they can be kept. Ironically, this is because pigs are recognized by the law as swine animals that exist for meat production purposes. Swine are found in thick herds, which often make disease easy to spread. A pet pig’s “exotic” status comes from their high authority in Chinese and Asian cultures, where pigs have been kept as pets for centuries. Extremely intelligent and social, pigs can be demanding pets. Their size also calls for some modifications to the standard duties of owning a pet. Even miniature pigs can weigh up to 125 pounds, making them miniature only in regards to hogs developed for food production. Pet pigs should not be treated to be the same as or have the same needs as a pig bred for production purposes. A complete guide to their behavior and body, below are the pros and cons of owning a pet pig.
Pigs are intelligent and territorial animals, this means they would need to be guided and trained on better interaction with the owner lest they become unmanageable.
Your pig requires a specially designed harness because they have no neck to speak of. A pig can easily slip out of the traditional dog harness so start out correctly with a pig harness. My personal favorite is Ross Mill Farm’s Comfort Fit Safety Harness, available from them or me. With all the colors to choose from, you are sure to find one that suits your pig’s artistic taste and wardrobe.