Pigs as Pets

Pigs as Pets

Wow, who would have ever thought you could have a pig as a pet. The idea brings horror and repulsion to some who think of a pig as a dirty smelly animal wallowing in mud. Eating out of a slop bucket and making grunting noises.  Well even a farm pig will stay clean if allowed to be. Out in a pen all the pigs will go to one area to poop and pee. They don’t want anything near where they eat or sleep. I have seen a mama side swipe a two day old baby for not going outside the house area to potty.

When you have a house pig you do not have a smelly animal. If you wash a day three days later it smells like a dog again. You wash a piglet and a month later you do not have a skin or hair odor. They learn to use a litter box when in a small area in less than a day. When moved to the house area they are good with litter box and usually only a few accidents before they are consistent.  I just recently put in a doggy door and it goes out to a small fenced play area and Blueberry our current floor piggy was going in an out within an hour or showing her even going up and down the steps from the porch. They are very smart animals and to have a pig as a pet is awesome. First they are unique and also because of their intelligence often challenging. Much like a 3 yr old they are constantly looking for interesting things. Some are more agile than others. The Mini Juliana bloodline is a quite agile and that is what Blueberry is. She can jump straight from the floor to my bed. my couches and up the  steps. So with that in mind I have to keep papers and whatnots up so that she does push them to the floor. Yes just like a 3 yr old. But they make up for that by lying between your feet, lying with you on the couch or following around the house just to be with you.

Their intelligence also leans towards them learning tricks a lot faster than a dog.   You can teach a pig to sit or to spin in circles in one day. You also do not have to keep retraining for years like a dog as they remember what to do.

To have a pig as pets is to have a small vacuum cleaner walking around your floors constantly monitoring for invisible particles to snort up. I have often told my husband that I swear they eat dust mites because they are like little Hoovers. In a piggy home there is no 5 second rule. If you drop food it is theirs just for the fact you dropped it. Finders Keepers and they can scoop up before you can bend over and pick it up.

They bond to their family just like a family member. Knowing your moods and knowing if you are sad or happy. If you scold them they hang their heads and pout just like children. They can learn the meaning of about 40 words if you take the time to train them. But if you don’t and all they know is “come” and “no” they are still sweeties.

Pigs as Pets

So if you are thinking about having a pig as a pet please first check with your zoning and to see if you are allowed to have one in your area. If you have a landlord you will need to get permission from them and I would suggest that you get it in writing.  Next make sure that all family members are on board with a piggy in the house. Some people still cannot get it past their heads that it is a pig. With all that taking care of look forward to having a unique, sweet, loving animals smarter than a lot of people you know. A pet that will wrap your heart around their hooves and keep it their for 14-16 years. Yes they are little heart stealers even when you don’t know they are doing it.