There was a time during the latter 20th century when teacup pigs gained widespread popularity as pets. Various breeds of these pigs were crossbred to get new breeds and they gained massive popularity for their small size and different features. Talking about the current scenario, the popularity of teacup pigs as pets is reducing. There are several reasons that account for this fact.
• Teacup pigs are small-sized only when they are young. This is a misconception that they remain tiny forever because that only happens if the pigs are malnourished or having some other health issue. Usually, these pigs increase their size to a great extent by the time they reach adulthood. This makes most of the owners abandon their pets because it is hard to keep a big pig in the house since this animal is not so easy to handle. The conditions in which this animal is kept thereafter are not good. Therefore, their being is really a myth. Also, sometimes to keep their size small and make them look like teacup pigs; they are made to starve and are not properly bred. This is very painful for the animal.
• While adopting, one sees the size of the parents of the pig. Pigs can breed at a very young age and at that time they just a few weeks old. Therefore, one cannot rely on seeing the parent size of the pig because they can grow enormously big in their entire lifetime.
• Most of these pigs are derived via cross-breeding and that is what makes them more prone to serious and unknown health-related issues. Since no one is well aware of their genetic history, this makes it hard even for the vets to recognize the kind of diseases they suffer from.
• Pigs often tend to stay in their natural environment and to make them get adjusted to living in a socialized environment is a hard task which requires a lot of time. A pet pig demands wholesome attention from its owner. Although it is also very affectionate giving so much time to a pet is not an easy task for everyone.
• Many cities of the United States and Canada disallow keeping pigs as pets because these are considered to be livestock animals. Keeping a pig as a pet in such an area can get the owner into trouble when the pig needs medical supervision. Also, finding appropriate pig food would not be easy.
• Miniature pigs are very expensive. Not only they cost high but their maintenance is also difficult. It is always advisable to get the pigs spayed. Their sterilization is an expensive and difficult process, also all their vaccinations are costly. This is not a one-time investment as it seems to be because the owners have to spend a hefty sum of money on their pig each year which is not a cup of tea for all.
Owning a pig may look like an easy task from outside but it is actually very hard. Pigs are just like small kids and their behavior remains the same forever, even when they grow big in size. All these reasons have accounted for their decreasing popularity. One has to be very cautious and well aware of all these factors before bringing home a so-called teacup pig.
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