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.

 

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

Mazuri Micro or Mini Pig
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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