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.

 

Bringing Home Your Pig

Baby 2
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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.