Ongoing fight for pigs

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I am so sick of hearing the stories about people having problems with pigs as pets. There are tons of posts on Facebook asking for people to sign a petition so that they will be able to keep their pet pig in their home.  This is really sad to me, because it seems like the people that are bitching the most are the ones that either don’t have any pets at all or they are the ones that have little tiny dogs.

I worked in the cable industry for 15 years visiting multiple houses per day in all kinds of different areas. I have to say that I have NEVER been hurt by a pet pig. I have been bitten, scratched, clawed, and charged, but never by a pig. I hated going to houses that had those little yippy dogs, because honestly they scare me. Three out of the four times that I was bit ( where customers actually admitted that their dog bit me) was by small dogs. One time 2 Yorkies jumped on my leg and kept biting my until the owner finally came over to help. Another time it was a Chihuahua that bit me just for walking in the door (while in the owner’s arms). And I can’t tell you how many times a small dog bit my ankle when I walked in the door. The thing that always bugged me though is I ALWAYS got the same response from their owner ” Wow, he/she has never done that before”. I find that very hard to believe in most cases because of their highly aggressive nature. Cats are another story, they can be loving one minute and then just change because you touched them in the wrong place. I can’t even begin to count how many times I  walked out of a house with cat scratches. And last but not least, I was actually chased out of a yard buy Geese. I know, this one is pretty funny, but I was paying too much attention to the barking dogs that I didn’t even realize that the Geese had cornered me on the porch.  I really didn’t realize how mean and fast Geese could be until I made a mad dash to my car and ended up with bite marks on the back of my legs.

So I guess my question is, Why are people so against having pigs as pets? I have never been bitten,scratched or chased  by one. They are very clean and do not bark at all hours of the night. They do not run around the neighborhood getting in to people’s trash. Chances are that they are not going to break out, and even if they do, it only takes a few Cheerios to get them to come back.

There are tons of people opposed to having pigs as pets, but they never actually say why they are opposed. Is it because they think that they are smelly and dirty? Or maybe because they can’t imagine eating their bacon in the morning while looking next door at the pig in the back yard.

I would love to hear the reasons that people are giving for not wanting pigs in their neighborhood. So please comment below. Maybe we can help people understand instead of fighting constantly about the issue.





About Brenda

I am the owner and operator of Mini Pig Farm as well as PigGear.
I no longer breed mini pigs, but I still have 4 of my own.
I started making pig harnesses in 2010 when I couldn't find a harness that fit right. PigGear was created when my mini pig customers needed a bigger size harness when their baby grew out of the one I provided to them.


  1. Diana says:

    I’ve had my PB Pig, Ollie, for almost 2 years now. He’s my first and I am totally in love with him. I have always loved dogs and do have two small dogs as well. However, a PB Pig is so incredibly smart, almost freaky smart and is so affectionate. Ollie was litter trained in only a few days and how long does it take a dog? Up to 6 months! The only reason I can think of why people don’t like pet pigs is they’re ignorant in believing pigs are dirty and belong on a farm or in their BLTs. It’s ignorance. Unless they have actually owned a pot belly pig as a pet, they really have no intelligence in their opinion. Give me a reason a PB Pig should not be a pig and I will be able to prove you wrong!

    • Brenda says:

      I agree with you 100%
      I really think that it is the older generation that is having the most problems with our pet pigs. They have been brought up thinking of pigs as a food source and getting an older person to change their beliefs it pretty hard sometimes. I know that most of the people that I hear complaint from are people in the 70s and 80s. I may be wrong, but for the life of me I can’t figure out any other reason.

  2. Michelle McGrath Youngman says:

    I am so glad I stumbled on this article. I am the proud owner of a pot bellied pig. I knew when the breeder told me she wouldn’t grow more than 20 lbs unless I feed her more than half a cup of food a day…..I knew she was a liar. But I was perfectly ok with the fact my baby would grow large. She is going to be 2 yrs old this month and she is almost 200 pounds. She sleeps in bed with me and “hogs” the blankets. Her “brothers” are 2 pitbulls(who also get a bad rep for no good reason) and a cat. She cuddles and snuggles and kisses. She is smart as a whip. She watches tv. She is very clean and she doesn’t have any scent at all….except on her head between her ears she smells like syrup. I swear. She does…always. She loves her walks and when she’s playing she spins and barks. Other than that she doesn’t bark or make loud noises. She talks to me a lot, in pig grunts. When I walk in from a hard day she makes happy grunts and kisses my legs and follows me everywhere. She will not go to bed until I go to bed and it doesn’t matter how tired she is. She is without a doubt the absolute sweetest, best pet I ever had. I agree, it seems to be ignorant older generations that have an issue. They classify them as farm animals and fear the site of pigs will trash the value of their neighborhood. Even the American pot belly pig association classifies these pot bellies as domestic animals and specify they are not livestock. It usually boils down to fighting for your rights…and the pigs. I dare any close minded person to come and spend a night with my pig Lily Bean. She will make you laugh….her kindness will make you cry and when you leave you will miss her. I have been looking into moving into a big old farmhouse with lots of land so I can rescue some of these piggies. To be honest, I would rather surround myself with pigs then people these days…..Thank you for recognizing a huge problem. Bless you. Lily says thank you too.

    • Brenda says:

      First off, thank you for your comments. I started laughing as I was reading your post, because I thought I was the only one that thought their pig smelled like syrup. LOL
      I also have 2 pit bulls and 4 mini pigs. I LOVE all of them and have NEVER had a problem with any of them. Right now we are trying to send a service to to a convention in Burbank California so that we can help people understand how domestic they actually are. don’t know if you have ever watched Supernatrual, but if so you will love the video.
      You can see it here.

  3. Samuel Chell says:

    Pigs are closer to nature and “wilder” than either dogs or cats. In captivity, most are separated completely from nature, never allowed to interact with their own kind, their small but tight family, or to set their feet on the ground (steel bars and cement instead). We fatten, then kill them at 6 months of age. But try to find pictures on youtube of mini pigs that are a year old let alone 5 (the completion of growth). They too tend to become fat, aggressive, morbidly depressed, even in the sanctuaries. Most people will not, or cannot, handle a 100-200 pig in their household. Pigs require lots of pastureland to graze, explore, root and wallow. They want contact with mothers and pig companions. Wild pigs are never fat, sluggish, depressed–yet they eat as much as they can find. The question is: what happens to all of the “mini pigs”? Why do we see nothing but pictures of piglets–often, in the presence of children or wearing baby clothing? Are “pet pigs”–on the whole–any better treated than the cruelly abused animals of the pig farming industry? Is there fate any better?

    • Brenda says:

      I do understand where you are coming from with your comments. But until you have actually owned a pet pig, you will never understand how different they actually are. I currently have 4 that are older than 5 and they are not obese at all. No they do not live in my house and they do get to root and graze, but they are still very calm. Wild pigs are never sluggish, because they are always running for their life. There are tons of hunters out there looking for them. To answer your question, there is absolutely no comparison between pet pigs and factory raised pigs. Pet pigs have beds and blankets to snuggle in where factory pigs are kept on concrete and behind bars. Most people don’t eat pot bellied pigs, not would you want to. These are pets, just like your dog or cat. As babies, piglets are “wilder” than puppies or kittens, but they learn and trust there new environment pretty fast.

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