Teacup pigs are decedents of pot bellied pigs. They were bred from smaller pigs that back in the 1960′s were used for medical research. These pigs weighed between 140 and 220 lbs. They were selected because they were easier to work with in the labs. They became popular in zoo’s and animal parks because they were small and thier pot bellies attracted a lot of visitors to these parks and zoo’s.
The teacup pig began to become popular during the 1980s when they started being purchased by wealthy pet owners. This trend soon waned when people discovered that a 200 lb pig was not easily kept in thier apartment and houses.
Breeders in the 1990s and early 2000s began to breed the smaller potbellied pigs and the teacup pig was born. Soon standards were set for the breed. The teacup pig is defined as being under 15 inches tall when fully grown and must weigh under 55 lbs.
Today the pig is known by many names including, micro pigs, miniature pigs, pocket pigs and Pennywell pig, which was named after a breeder named Chris Murray who breed miniature pigs on his Pennywell farm. He later called them teacup pigs because he found out that they loved to drink his tea.
These pigs became very popular in 2009 when Paris Hilton purchased one and it went viral.
The teacup pig is extremely intelligent and can make a great pet. They can be trained to do just about any trick that a dog can do. They are very affectionate and make a close bond with thier owner. Even closer than the bond a dog would make.
To be a teacup pig owner you must be committed to spending lots of time with your pig because of the close bond and attention they crave. They can live from 15 to 20 years so be prepared for a long term commitment.
It is important to remember that the teacup pig is not an actual breed of pig. They are just small pot bellied pigs. Paris Hilton’s pig is not so little any more. So buyer beware, try and get a look at the parents of the pig to better judge the size your pig may reach.
When purchasing a micro pig or teacup pig it is wise to answer a few questions first. Will you have the time required to devote to your pig? Remember that they make a strong bond and need lots of attention.
Do you have the room to take care of your pig? Although they can be litter trained they will also require a pool or place where they can cool off in hot weather since they do not have sweat glands.
Once you have decided to take a teacup pig as a pet you will be amazed at how smart they are. They are great for people with pet allergies because they have hair not fur so people with allergies can own a pet like this.