When it comes to teacup pigs, one of the best places to send them to is sunny California; more specifically, in the Central Valley where farming and agriculture are prominent. So if you live in the Central Valley and you want a teacup pig of your own, visit us at teacuppig.us. Our dedicated staff and breeders guarantee that your teacup pig will be shipped to you and arrive safe and sound. We care about our pigs as we do about our customers, and nothing satisfies us more than having one of our pigs reach a customer safely in sunny California.
You might be wondering just what on earth a teacup pig actually is. First off, they are called teacup pigs because of their unique size, and yes, they actually fit into a standard teacup when they are a few days old. They are actually called miniature pigs, but it doesn’t sound as cute as teacup pigs or even “mini pigs”. These pigs were first used for medical research in Europe before being introduced to the United States in the 1980s. Since then, the animals have been used in studies by scientists around the world, and have also risen and fallen in popularity as unusual pets. When Paris Hilton bought a teacup pig back in 2009, suddenly everybody who loved Paris wanted a teacup of his or her own. That’s popularity for you.
Now there are some out there who say that teacup pigs don’t make great house pets. After all, there are articles about how since there is no established breed called “miniature pig” that there is no guarantee that the pig the breeder sells will actually stay small. See, back in the mid 1980's when Vietnam pigs were brought over to Canada and then down into the United States, people thought they would stay small because they were being bred young and sold young. But the truth of the matter was that they didn't stop growing until way over three years old. All of them were way over two hundred pounds when they died. Breeders started breeding them down by picking out the smallest of the litter and breeding it to another small one from another breeder. Breeders call this "line breeding" but in essence it is "inbreeding" which produces smaller pigs. But the problems become more pronounced. The more inbred, the longer the snouts and legs become. Also they would take a pig with one of those squished up snouts and breed with another like it so that the snouts because shorter and more squished looking. Again problems have developed in practicing this procedure. They actually develop problems within the snout that causes a lot of breathing problems. Some of these problems are not seen until the pig begins to age. By then, the breeder has sold it and it is no longer their problem but the problem of the new owner.
Our staff not only promises but guarantees that each and every pig we breed in our organization is indeed a “miniature.” And that they are in the healthiest condition possible before being shipped to your state. No long legs or misshaped snouts are on any of our teacup pigs.
Once you acquire your teacup pig, it isn’t going to be like owning a dog or a cat. Raising a teacup pig requires a different mindset. Here are ten things to consider:
1) Teacup Pigs need social time. They don't do well if left alone for long stretches (i.e. several weeks). Because they are extremely social and intelligent, they must be with some other animals and/or humans. They can get depressed and disappointed if left without care for too long. You must find a caretaker for the pig when you go on a vacation.
2) Feeding a teacup pig is usually slightly less pricey than feeding a dog or cat, and the feed is easy to find. They like to root and love to roam around.
3) Do not be harsh with training. Teacup Pigs do not respond to power struggles. They learn best by kindness in addition to a little food! Use lots of praise and never let visiting you be a bad experience. Just like puppies, they learn in the present not prior times so don't scold them for a mess that happened hours ago!
3) Teacup Pigs are omnivores. They love vegetables and weird enough dog food.
4) Keep in mind, and underfed pig is usually just as unhealthy as an overfed pig. Do not listen to some people’s belief when you only feed it small amounts the pig will continue to be "small". This can be as ridiculous as saying if you only ever feed child a little it will stay small. Sure, it may come to be small, but only because it is malnourished.
5) Pig’s root because they're hungry (in most cases). Giving them a good amount of fruits and vegetables help keep them satisfied without putting excessive fat on them. Never give them chocolate... it could be poisonous to them.
6) Feed your pig according to instructions on the bag, but the rule-of-thumb is usually to feed about 3% of their body weight in food, and divide this into 3-4 feedings on a daily basis while a piglet and 2-3 times a day when an adult.
7) Never feed your teacup pig just once a day.
8) Pigs love to graze on your lawn. This also helps provide for their special nutrient needs. They love to be outdoors grazing, in the sun, and rooting.
9) Teacup pigs love to be clean. So clean their litter box everyday.
10) Teacup pigs really don't sweat and don't have hair or fur to keep them warm or cool them down. Teacup pigs can be susceptible to heat. Having a wading pool or water if get temperatures over 75 degrees to keep your teacup cool during hot summer days pig and you just must provide warm and toasty bedding for days under 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
We hope this article has been helpful to you.