Mini Pig Breeders

baby teacup pigs
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I get a ton of emails from people looking for good mini pig breeders in their area. I put a breeders directory here  and hope to have enough reputable breeders listed so that my visitors won’t have to search forever looking for someone they can trust. I have also included some mini pig vets and pig rescues.
If you happen to know of a mini pig breeder/vet/rescue that you trust, please contact me so that I can add them.  I will contact every one of them before I add them to my site and ask them a few question to determine their validity. I will not list piggy mill type operations. Or people claiming to be a rescue just wanting a hand out. Please make sure the rescue facility is a  501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation.

I have included a rating/review  system on the directory, so please offer your opinion. Even though someone has a great review on my directory site, that does not mean that they are actually honest reviews ( people lie to get your business).

Ask them the following questions before committing to your purchase:
  1. Do you have the parents on the property? ( See how big they are full grown to get an idea of how big your pig will get )
  2. How old are the parents? ( Not full grown until age 3 )
  3. Are your pigs vet checked and up to date on shots? ( Most people don’t use a vet and don’t’ give shots. )
  4. Are they bottle fed or do they stay with their mom for at least 4 weeks. ( It is healthier for the baby to get the nutrition from their mom )
  5. If something happens where I can’t keep my baby, will you take it back (most of the time they will but you won’t get your money back)
  6. Do they offer support if you have a problem. ( Get a phone number )
Hope this helps
If you happen to find one in another state and it needs to be shipped to you, please read my post “When Pigs Fly“. Most people use Delta to ship their pigs. Read that post and you will see why I will never use them again.
Once you get your pig, you should start harness training instantly. I have custom line of pig harnesses, cover-ups and accessories I call Pig Gear.
if you are interested, please visit my site at www.piggear.com.

 

When Pigs Fly

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Who are they flying with? I know that I have mentioned that we don’t breed anymore mini pigs anymore. But when we did breed, and we needed to ship them all over the states, we ran in to a few problems.

Our Delta Experience

We started doing some research and more people than not said that they use Delta.   We saw on their site that they have a program called Delta Dash and according to them,  our piglet wouldn’t be uncomfortable at all and would get to it’s destination very fast. Well that sounded good to us, so we agreed and when the first litter was ready to be shipped, we picked up the phone and made the necessary arrangements. The phone call didn’t go so well because we called a call center in Georgia ( I believe it was ) and they bounced us around a bit before we finally talked to someone that could help us. We got our reservations and contacted our customers to find let them know what time to be at the airport for their new baby.

The next couple days we had to drive to Tampa, which is about an hour drive for us, and go to the cargo area. First of all, I was pretty upset thinking that these babies would be going in the cargo. The man behind the counter reassured me that they would be safe and that they transport lots of pets this way. Still not happy with the idea, I reluctantly handed the babies to them and watched as they put them on a cart to take them to the airplane.  We had all the flight numbers and times at which they were do to arrive and our customers agreed to call us once they got their babies, so we headed home.

Once we arrived home, I quickly go on the computer to track the flights. The first one arrived on time and I didn’t hear from our customer right away so I called them. Yes, the baby got there safe and was as adorable as they expected. The second one arrived a bit late but the customer called and couldn’t get off the phone fast enough because she just wanted to play with her new friend. But before she got off the phone, she informed me that the Delta cargo man just kinda dropped the crate on the floor in front of her and she was pissed. She said that she screamed at him ” Hey!! That is my baby in there”. I guess the guy just looked at her like she was crazy.

Now the problems start

The third  baby delivered out of that litter didn’t work out as well as the other two. He was being shipped to North Carolina with a layover in Georgia. As we tracked this one, we noticed that the flight had arrived on time. We are thinking “Yes, this is great”, but not so fast. We called our customer and told them that we saw their flight had arrived and was just wondering how the baby was. They informed us that they haven’t gotten him yet. they said they would effeminately call us as soon as they got him. We waited almost an hour ( sitting on the edge of our seats ) and finally called them back. They still haven’t seen their piglet. No Way!  What could have happened? We proceeded to call Delta to find out what was going on . They said that all of the cargo was unloaded and they didn’t know where the pig was.  Another hour went by, calling everyone and our customers calling us. Still no pig. I looked on the net and found that the flight had gone back to Georgia and was going back to North Carolina. Delta checked that flight and believe it or not, the piglet was still in the cargo. He flew more in one day that I did in my life. Our customers finally got their baby 3 1/2 hours after they were supposed to. We were so upset and still had one more to go.

The forth and last piglet to be delivered went to New Jersey. We decided to make that a late flight because Delta told us that their cargo was not climate controlled and this was the hottest day in New Jersey so if we shipped him at night then it would be cooler for him. They was great and we were happy for that information. His plane was due to arrive at 12:00 pm. so our customers were at the airport and ready. When the plane got there, the night worker wouldn’t let them have the baby. They told them that they couldn’t have him unless they paid $150.00 or come back in the morning to get him. Since all of the normal worker were gone for the night, they had no way of telling why they needed to pay the $150.00. The flight was paid by us in full so we didn’t understand it either. The worst part was that the couple didn’t bring any cash with them, they didn’t think they would need it, so they had to figure out how to come up with the money to get him out of prison ( Patti’s words ). We ended up calling Delta the next morning to find out why this couple need to pay $150.00 when the fare was already paid for and their answer was, computer glitch.  They agreed to refund that money to us,  and we refunded our customers. One comment that the customer service lady said that we noted was ” You should fly them Continental instead”. I was shocked, but very happy that she told us that because from that day on we never used Delta again.

Now that was much harder than I ever expected it to be. It was bad enough that I was worried in the beginning, but now after all of that, I was frantic about shipping them at all.  Fortunately, we had other litters that need to be shipped and we took that Delta ladies advice and called Continental. Wow! what a pleasure that was.  Here is a quote from their site:

The best way to ship a mini pig is Continental for sure

Continental has a 24-hour Live Animal Desk (1-800-575-3335). Their PetSafe program tracks pets in cargo from origin to destination and offers miles to pet travelers. The cargo area is climate controlled, allows for bigger carriers and has its own designated cargo staff. Continental allows dogs, cats, pet rabbits and birds to be carried inside the cabin on most domestic flights. Only four pets per flight are allowed in the economy cabin.

All of that was true. We never had a problem with them at all.

So I guess what I am saying is, if you need to have your new piglet shipped to you, NEVER use Delta and always use Continental.

What should I feed my pig?

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I know that this is a big subject. There are people out there saying that the only way to keep your pig small is to under feed it. Well I want to prove them wrong. We have been believers in treating our animals as well if not better than we treat ourselves. After tons of research, we found Mazuri Feed. Not everyone can get this in their local feed store and the shipping is high because of the weight. We actually convinced our local feed store in to keeping it in stock and they are glad they did.  Since they started stocking Mazuri, their mini pig feed sales have gone up. We chose this feed because of the in depth data that they provide. Here is the data sheet for the Youth blend.

Read More About Mazuri® Mini Pig Youth Diet

 

Feeding Directions:

Feed on a free-choice basis as creep feed from 7 days post-weaning (8 weeks of age or older). Continue feeding Mazuri Mini-Pig Youth Diet free-choice if rapid growth is desired or feed at a rate of 1.5-3% of current body weight to regulate growth rate. Do not underfeed.
Change to Mazuri Active Adult Diet as desired to regulate growth rate at 16 weeks of age or older. For gestating or lactating females, feed a mixture of 50% Active Adult Diet and 50% Youth Diet for increased energy. For higher energy, increase Youth Diet to 60% of daily intake.
When using a self-feeder, make sure it is adjusted to minimize feed wastage. Feeders should be well managed so as to provide adequate feeder space, prevent moisture condensation, mold and insect development. Always provide a source of fresh, clean water and adequate drinking space.  Provide a draft-free pen with a clean, dry sleeping area.The level of feed intake depends on many factors including environmental temperature, other feed available and activity. The feeding levels suggested below are appropriate for average living conditions.

Product Sheet:5Z90

 

Breeds of mini pigs

Archie Our Micro Pig
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Yes there are different breeds of mini pigs. That doesn’t mean that mini pigs, micro mini pigs, teacup pigs, etc… are the different breeds. All that means is that some people are pretty creative in the way they categorize them.

The below two breeds are the most popular in the states and crossing them has allowed breeders to come up with some pretty unique colors and sizes.

 

  1. Miniature Vietnamese Potbellied Pigs –  These pigs are the most common and the kind that we have bred. Their pot belly is a true sign and that doesn’t mean that they have been over fed, that just means that they are healthy. With that being said, I have seen some that ARE over fed and reach to weights of over 100 pounds. But the normal healthy  weight of a Miniature Vietnamese Potbellied Pig is around 50-60 pounds. They are on average 14-16 inches tall. These piggies also have cute little smooshed up noses.
  2. Juliana – other names for this breed is Juliani and mini painted pigs. One thing that makes this breed so popular is the fact that they stay smaller than the miniature pot bellied breed. Don’t be fooled though, some breeders will claim that their piglets  are Julianas but if the entire  is not spotted, then they are not pure bred.  A healthy weight for this breed is  15-30 pounds and about 10-12 inches tall.

 

We bought a male Juliana/Potbellied cross to breed to our mini potbelly sow in the hopes of raising a smaller more apartment friendly piggy. Unfortunately our little guy couldn’t do the job so he just kinda hangs around now. He is still pretty small weighing in at aprox. 38 lbs and is 13 inches tall.

 

  Click HERE to learn more Mini Pig Facts



Are Micro pigs real?

Archie Our Micro Pig
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An email I received today forced me to write this post.

People in general take advise from people only if it fits their needs at the time. What I mean by this is, say you want something really bad ( micro mini pig ) and all the websites out there are telling you that there is no guarantee that your pig will stay small. Then you find one site that claims they will stay the size of a teacup. You will believe that one site instead of taking the advice of all of the other sites. I am not saying that there aren’t any micro mini pigs out there still weighing in at under 20lbs after 3 years. All I am saying is that I have never seen one in person. Even if I did, how could I guarantee that it is full grown.

Well first off let me say:

  • If you want a really small pig, you are going to pay a lot of money for it.
  • If you think that your pig is going to stay the size of a teacup, think again.
  • Just because a breeder charges a ton of money for their pig, does not make them a good breeder.

Most people ask me where they can get a Royal Dandy micro mini pig without paying the ridiculous amount of money that they are asking for them. Unfortunately, the only way to get a Royal Dandy pig is from Royal Dandy themselves.

I can’t for the life of me figure out where these people get the prices that they charge for there pigs. When I was breeding, I calculated feed cost, supplies ( litter,harness and leash, etc…) vet charges, starter care package and just added a few bucks for taking care of them for the first 6-8 weeks. I’m sorry but 4-5 thousand dollars seems a bit high to me too.

 

From Amariah

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We bought the two of your male pigs back in April, one was black and grey and one was pink. Back when we got them I told them I would email and send pictures and I’m so sorry I never did. As you can imagine the two little guys have kept us quite busy.
Their both doing great! They both can sit on command, are completely house trained, and almost completely leash trained (although we haven’t tried taking them anywhere but around our property) We thought at first that the pink one was just naughty, but later we realized he is at least partly deaf and since we figured that out we’ve adjusted our training method and he’s doing great.

 

 


Getting ready for the cold

personalized mini pig coverup
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Now is a great time to be thinking about how to keep your mini pig warm and dry through the winter months. I know that we are in Florida, and it really doesn’t get that cold down here but we still get some pretty bad weather.

Visit PigGear for a custom made cover up so that you don’t have to worry about the cold weather.

pig hoodie

Gordy in his pig hoodie

 

Since the demand was so high on this product, I decided to continue making it. Hoddies are great and they are even better with a piggy inside. Gordy  is showing us how much he enjoys it.

Mini Pig Breeding


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I want to thank everyone for your interest in our mini pigs. Unfortunately, we have stopped breeding  do to the overwhelming population of mini pigs in shelters.  To all of you that have done your research, I commend you.

Our site will remain up for informational purposes and for referral to reputable breeders and shelter information.

I do still make mini pig harnesses and coverups as well as offer soap and other products on my PigGear  site.

 

 

 

Continental Airlines


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Continental

Traveling with Animals

Continental is committed to providing a safe and comfortable travel experience for all of our customers, including pets. Because we share our customers’ concern that their pets’ flights are stress-free, we have enhanced our animal acceptance policy to transport pets as cargo. Our program is called PetSafe®. Under this program, Continental does not accept pets as checked baggage.

The program offers the following options:

  • Customers can track their animals online at Continental’s cargo Web site, cocargo.com, throughout their journey.
  • Continental will continue to accept small pets for travel in cabin in applicable markets.
  • Continental’s policy for service animals, such as seeing-eye dogs, has not changed, and they will continue to be welcomed on board or as checked baggage.
  • Pets can travel as QUICKPAK®, Continental’s cargo service offering same day, airport-to-airport delivery with features designed to ensure an animal’s comfort and safety.
  • Earn miles for transporting your pet.

Safeguards for Pets Traveling as Cargo

Continental’s PetSafe program will allow pets that previously traveled as checked baggage to experience these safeguards when they travel as cargo, keeping them safe and their owners reassured:

  • Dedicated 24-hour Live Animal Desk (800.575.3335 or 832.235.1541)
  • Confirmed booking prior to departure
  • Weather conditions constantly monitored at all points
  • The ability to track and trace the animal from its origin to its destination
  • Personal handling in climate-controlled vehicles for connections over Continental’s hubs when the animal will be exposed to temperatures above 85°F (29.5°C) degrees for more than 45 minutes
  • Continental recommends (but does not require) that SENIOR DOGS AND CATS (over 7.5 years old) receive a more extensive health examination (i.e. liver and kidney screens).

Fleece Cover up @ PigGear.com

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Style your mini pig in the fleece cover with fringe. This will this keep your mini pig warm on the cold days.

Include your mini pig’s measurements with your order for a more custom fit.

I can add your pigs name on the back in jewel for an additional $5 or embroider it for $10.

We have multiple colors to choose from, so create your own style.

 

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Frilly Fleece Cover-up @ PigGear.com

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Style your mini pig in the fleece cover with fringe. This will this keep your mini pig warm on the cold days.

Include your mini pig’s measurements with your order for a more custom fit.

I can add your pigs name on the back in jewel for an additional $5 or embroider it for $10.

We have multiple colors to choose from,  so create your own style.

Visit PigGear.com  to purchase.

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MAZURI® Diets Keep Pot-bellied Pigs from Tipping the Scales

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By Dorrance Haught Ph.D.

While pot-bellied pigs are physiologically unique and different from other animal species, they appear to share at least one psychological trait with some humans–an ongoing struggle with weight control.

Simply put, when it comes to great tasting, calorie laden food, they just can’t “wait” to get at it.  The result? A notable, and serious, concern about animal obesity.

Although we often think of obesity in terms of weight, weight per se is not really a good measure to use. Your pig can be overweight and not truly be obese. On the other hand, your pig can be close to the established weight guidelines and still be overly fat. Obesity is really the excess storage of body fat.

The composition of fat consumed makes a big difference. Fatty acids in your pig’s body must be correctly balanced. Essential fatty acid content is important to maintain good skin condition among other physiological functions.

On the other hand, excess animal fat affects various organs and can cause heart problems in the pig.

Weighing the Options

 

Improper feeding actually can cut down the lifespan of an animal. Too much body fat hampers your pig’s mobility which makes it difficult for him or her to get the exercise desperately needed to maintain good health.

Sadly, obesity has caused many a pig to stop doing tricks and playing with their masters…because they simply can’t get around.

When you weigh all the options, the benefits of keeping your pig on a balanced MAZURI® diet become instantly apparent.

The Right Diet

 

Horse feeds, high in carbohydrate content, may be sweet and attractive to your pot-belly, but can add to the long-term possibility of obesity due to a high level of sugar intake. Diets formulated for other species are not balanced correctly for the amino acids, vitamins, and minerals needed to maintain your pig’s body for tissue and organ regeneration.

In effect, while a pig fed horse feed may not show any obvious ill effects, chances are he or she might have lived longer if fed the proper nutrients.

Most table scraps also contribute to the problem of obesity in pot-bellied pigs. Foods cooked in butter or animal grease–and high in fat and salt content–have the same effect on pigs as on people.

In addition to heart disease, obesity can cause stress on your pet’s skeleton. Leg and foot problems are also common.

MAZURI® pelleted diet, adjusted to your pigs’ needs based on their condition and a percentage of their weight, will keep your pot-bellies in top condition.

Your pigs are important to you. Show them how much you care by trusting their nutrition to the source selected by the experts…and make it MAZURI® for life.

Some Local feed stores carry Mazuri products but most don’t. You can ask them if they can get it for you, but if not you can order it online via their website HERE

Hamlet

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Hamlet continues to grow and has truly become part of our family. Outsiders still do not understand the concept of raising a mini pig in a domestic setting but has become a real hit at the New Jersey Shore Boardwalk. He possess the kindness and simplicity that mankind has lost and looks forward to all the simple things in life such as having a good meal and sleeping like a log.

After a visit to the New Jersey coast and arriving at home he decided that there is nothing more in life like a good night sleep! Unfortunately, my husband and I were frantic trying to find our lost companion in our NJ apartment. Needless to say, after 8 hours of searching and notifying the local garbage collector of the possibility of our missing pig – he woke up from a long summer night sleep at 6 am – Apparently burying himself underneath several blankets on our living room couch!
Hammy’s lesson taught: Undisturbed sleep is good for the soul

Feeding and Water

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mazuriPot Belly Pigs need a specialized diet to ensure they get all the nutrients needed to live healthy life. You cannot run down to your local feed store and ask for pig food. Be sure to get Pot Bellied pig food or mini pig food. When you get your pig from Mini Pig Farm, we send you a starter bag so you can wean your pig off of our feed onto the feed of your choice. As long as the feed is made for Pot Bellied or Mini Pigs you can use it.

When you get your piggy home, start feeding it the food we provided. Use it for the first 2-3 days to help the pig feel comfortable. It was a long trip and the less stress the better. On day 3 , begin adding the new food in with the feed we supplied. About half and half. Your pig may reject your choice of  feed at first. What brand you feed your pig is up to you.We have done a lot of research and have tried many different brands of Pot belly pig food. We finally decided that Mazuri mini-pig food is what they liked the best and is the most nutritionally complete. Mazuri products were not available at out local feed store but they were able to get it for us. You can search Mazri’s website for a dealer near you.

There are many places to purchase Pot Bellied Pig food, so find one that is going to be convenient for your needs as well as your pigs. Please be sure to choose quality first. Your pig has special dietary needs that it won’t get from eating dog food( oh yeah put up the dog food they’ll eat that too). It is very important to set a feeding schedule for your pig. These are very small pigs, and will only need ¾ to 1 cup of feed per day. We recommend that feed you pig twice a day. Try to set a routine, something like getting up in the morning, take the pig out to potty, come in have you’re coffee, then feed the pig. It’s not critical to feed them as soon as you wake up. However, pigs like routine. They learn fast and will appreciate you for keeping the schedule. Do not feed the piggy every time it beckons. At some point your little buddy will test you. Don’t give in!! Keep them on a schedule and your pig will be understand and know exactly what to do.

Feeding amounts:
Morning = ½ cup
Evening = ¼ – ½ cup

Bringing Home Your Pig

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The time has come, and the weeks and months of waiting are at an end. You load the family in the car and head to the airport with a million thoughts racing in your head. Will my piggy like me? I can’t wait to take my piggy for a walk. I  should call all my friends so they can come see my pig. I can answer all those questions with one word. “PATIENCE” Your pig just got off an airplane. Now you, a complete stranger, are taking him/her home to a place that smells and  looks nothing like what it’s used to. You did set up the confinement area right! Chances are, you’re new best friend has  soiled his/her crate. It doesn’t smell pleasant, but that’s what happens when they are scared. Talk gently to them, use  their name from now on so they get used to hearing your voice. Take a few treats with you, like Cheerios or a few  kernels of corn. Give a little treat while reassuring the pig that “it’s OK”, and “you’re a good piggy”. Don’t let them out of  the crate until you get home and can put them in their safe spot. Then you can clean out the carrier, put in fresh  bedding, and go do something else for a couple hours. Give your pig a chance to settle in, before bombarding it with  demands.

Pigs like to have all four feet on the ground. While we have tried to get them used to being handled, it’s takes a pig some  time to trust you enough to allow you to pick it up. Mother pigs never lift the piglets like a dog or cat would. A pigs main  defense mechanism is flight(run Forest run). You will undoubtedly hear your pig scream at one point or another  and the sound can be deafening when a piggies feat leave the ground. Again, I stress “PATIENCE”. This will be, by far,  the biggest trust factor to overcome with a pig. To them it is the equivalent of being carried off by a predator. Go slow!!!  When approaching your pig talk to them. Let them hear you coming. Try not to make sudden movements that will  spook your piggy. Basically, take baby steps at first. Your pig will learn to trust and adore you in a short time. I am  stressing patience because your pig will be with you for 12 to 15 years. The first few weeks and months will establish  your pigs behavior for years to come. Take the time now to set the limits and gain the trust. These practices will instil a  great deal of loyalty from your pig and you will be rewarded with many years of love from a pet that will make you  smile and laugh on a daily basis.