When I began the search for my first piglet I quickly learned shopping for a mini pig can be quite confusing. All the different breeds, prices and size labels had me incredibly overwhelmed. I was so scared I would end up with a 200 pound pig. The more research I did on the internet the more scared and confused I became. I finally decided to buy an adult pig that was bred. I thought that would ensure the size of the mom and we would then have our first beautiful litter of piglets. That began my love for mini pigs and my passion for bringing families together with their dream piglet.
One thing I have learned through my experiences shopping for, raising, and living with these amazing animals is that they can and will continue to grow up until 3 to 5 years of age. Skeletal growth is minimal after 2 years of age, but they can continue to gain weight through out their lives, just as humans do. You will see ads and websites offering piglets that will be 15-25 pounds full grown and I find this to be misleading. There is no way to guarantee the weight of a piglet into adulthood. A 5 year old, 15-25 pound is just impossible. Pigs carry their weight very differently. They have very dense, compact bodies. A mini pig that looks 20 pounds will weigh in at 40 pounds. A mini pig that looks 40 pounds will weigh in at 80 pounds. A 50-55 pound pig is an extremely small pig!! A good indicator to size is height and body length. When shopping for a piglet look at the height of the adult mini pigs to determine if the size is a good fit for your families lifestyle.
I am continuing to learn about these amazing, loving animals everyday. I meet pig lovers all over the globe that share their experiences and knowledge, and love for these pigs. My hope is to share that combined knowledge and improve the quality of life for pigs by finding them their forever homes.
Note: You will see terms such as Micro, Super Micro, Teacup, Nano, Super Nano, Pixie in ads. These are labels that breeders use to imply a smaller adult pig. These labels have no standard or guideline so any size pig can be labeled as a teacup, micro, nano, pixie, super micro, etc. It is best to find an American Mini Pig Association registered breeder who has had to provide proof of birth dates and photos of the actual measurements of their pigs. It is always best to ask the age and the height/body length of the parent pigs to get the best possible idea of estimated size. The AMPA has done that work for you and you can find a trustworthy, responsible AMPA registered breeder by clicking here.
We also follow the American Mini Pig Breeder Code of Ethics which can be seen by clicking here. This sets us apart from other breeders and shows our dedication to our pigs.