Interesting Facts About Miniature Pigs
Pigs have dreams
They can run at speeds of up to 11miles per hour (wild boars can run faster)!
Pigs make up to 20 different vocalizations apart from squealing!
Mamma pig sings to her babies whilst feeding them. Also, she calls them when she has enough milk to feed her babies
Miniature Pigs do not sweat
They can swim
Miniature Piglet Development from 3-6 weeks of age
Continue to grow fast
More interested in eating adult pig’s diet
Beginning to grow more teeth (by 4 weeks of age the piglet had two front incisors on lower jaw and two more on upper jaw), by 6 weeks they all had premolars at the back of their jaws (6 on upper and 4 on lower)
Their personalities are changing! Shy piglets becoming friendlier and more trusting!
By 4.5 weeks of age, mamma Connie started to push the piglets away when they compete for her food!
Miniature Pig Nutrition and Diet
Miniature Pigs have a varied diet. As pets, they are fed a specialist pelleted food containing essential vitamins and minerals to ensure they get a balanced diet. The best miniature pig food we have found is Allen and Page Pot Bellied Pig Food as it contains a higher fiber content and less protein than other types of pig foods on the market, which are designed for larger pig breeds reared for food production. These feeds typically have higher protein and fat content and less fiber. Miniature pigs fed such feeds can easily put on too much weight, which can be detrimental to their health and well-being.
Lactating sows (mamma pigs who are breastfeeding their babies) have much higher needs of certain nutrients such as amino acid lysine as well as other proteins and fat. To ensure their diet meets these new requirements, sows are fed pelleted foods which are higher in these nutrients. Consequently, the piglets will be eating the same foods as their mother until weaning time.
However, no commercially produced pig feed is absolutely complete. For this reason, it is important to supplement a miniature pig diet with a variety of vegetables, greens, weeds, grasses, roots, nuts and seeds. Fruits are also beneficial in moderation as they contain a lot of natural sugars, and if fed in excess can result in mini pig obesity.
When feeding Miniature pigs it is vital to be aware of and follow the European Legislation, which states that pigs must not be fed any foods that have been processed in a kitchen, even vegetarian kitchens. This is due to the fact that, having been processed in a kitchen in some way, pig food, such as vegetables, could become contaminated with oils or foods of animal origin. These have been found to be a source of a very serious Foot and Mouth Disease in 2001 which affected thousands of pigs and other livestock in England with detrimental consequences to the farming industry. Vegetable and fruits must, therefore, be carefully sourced and kept away from a kitchen.
A Pig’s Sense of Smell
Pig’s sense of smell is said to be 2,000 stronger than that of a human! Each animal species has a different number of genes responsible for scent as well as their olfactory receptors. It is believed that the total number of these in an animal species defines how strong the sense of smell is in those given species, however this has not been proven.
According to a much loved holistic vet Dr Becker who examined a scientific Study carried out in Japan, the animal with the most Olfactory Receptor (OR) genes and receptors was an elephant. An elephant was found to have 1,948 OR genes. The top 10 animals with the largest number of OR genes were:
- Guinea Pigs: 796 OR genes
- Dogs: 811 OR genes
- Western Clawed Frogs: 824 OR genes
- Horses: 1,066 OR genes
- Mice: 1,130 OR genes
- Chinese Softshell turtles: 1,137 OR genes
- Cows: 1,186 OR genes
- Opossums: 1,188 OR genes
- Rats: 1,207 OR genes
- African Elephants: 1,948 OR genes
According to another study performed in 2012, pigs have been found to have 1,113 functional olfactory receptor genes and 188 pseudogenes responsible for the sense of smell! In comparison, humans have only 396 OR!
Looking to Buy Your Own Piglet?
If you are considering buying your own piglet or, perhaps, a young trained adult Miniature Pig, we sometimes have Piggies for Sale. We encourage all prospective buyers to take a look at our Buying a Miniature Pig Guide to ensure you are fully prepared before you get your own bundle of joy!
Alternatively, you may wish to consider our Borrow My Piggy Service – an amazing opportunity to spend a day or two with our Miniature Pigs in the comfort of your own home. Find out more on our Borrow My Piggy page.