Teacup pigs are a new growing trend in North America. Many animal lovers have started adopting these adorable micro pigs.
Pigs are one of the most intelligent animals on the planet. Despite popular belief mini pigs happen to be a very clean animal as well.
Amazingly teacup piglets at just a few days old can learn to be litter box trained.
These Micro pigs can also learn their name at learn their name at a young age. This allows you and your new piggy to start bonding right away.
As far as personality is goes teacup pigs are much more friendly than a regular size pig. They don't get as aggressive and they love human attention.
It is important when you first start out with your new teacup piglet that you let them know who the boss is. Just like a child they will try to get away with what you allow them to get away with.
The best way to train a mini pig is by giving them small treats and awarding them for good behavior.
When your piggy messes up make sure you let them know you are not please but don't be too harsh or you will hurt your piglets feelings. They are very sensitive and when they get their feelings hurt they can get depressed or act scared of you.
The first day with your teacup piglet will most likely be the hardest day. The piglet may cry and whine and act scared of you.
The second day it will start warm up to you and start acting more friendly.
The third day it will try challenging you to see if you will let it be boss. Stay stern and let it know you are the boss and you love it.
After that the teacup piglet will want to be babied and cuddled.
You will want to make sure that your teacup piglet has a designated sleeping area as well as a designated bathroom area.
Generally speaking about week 6 your teacup piglet will be ready to start going on walks with a halter and a leash. At first this may scare the piglet and to avoid it throwing an absolute fit when you pull it along the best way for it to learn is to have someone in front of it as well as behind it when walking on the leash.
If you are taking your micro piglet to the park be prepared to have several people come up and want to pet your teacup piggy. I always make sure if young children are petting the teacup piglet they pet it on the top of the head or rub it's belly. You want to make sure they stay away from it's mouth in case they startle your piggy you don't want it to accidentally bite them.
As tempting as it may be to constantly give your teacup pig treats make sure they stay on a strict diet. We highly recommend you feed you teacup pigs Mazuri mini pig food. On the bag they will have directions to exactly how much to feed the piggy. DO NOT give your teacup pig regular pig food. Regular pig food has growth hormones in it that is designed to fatten a pig up for slaughter.
Before adopting from us we always advise that you check out your local animal shelters to make sure they don't have any available teacup pigs. Those pigs deserve good homes too!
Please feel free to ask us any questions that you may have. We are hear to guide you through the process of parenting a teacup piglet. We won't to make sure both you and the piggy are completely happy!!!