A miniature pig is a pig that has been selectively bred down in size for many generations to become smaller in adulthood than other pigs. Also known as 'Micro Pigs', 'Mini Pigs', 'Miniature Pigs' and 'Little Pigs'.
Teacup pigs, do not exist.
Micro or miniature pigs come in various sizes, however they usually grow to just below the knee. It is not possible to estimate the size of full-grown micro pig; we can only guide you by showing you their parents and advise on proper care and feeding. We are selectively breeding our pigs to be smaller in size for the purpose of them being pets. During the last 10 years, we have reduced the size of our miniature pigs over generations.
Here at Kew Little Pigs we take pride in knowing that we are the UK's leading specialist miniature/micro pig breeders who are in control of our miniature pig breeding, ensuring that our boars do not run freely with our gilts/sows.
This allows us to choose a boar for mating. We determine the suitability of a boar depending on their size, age and temperament. This process ensures we get the right results from our breeding programme. Our customers then have peace of mind knowing they can see the parents and grandparents of the miniature piglets we sell. All our miniature/micro pigs can be traced back through the Kew Little Pigs family tree.
We have litters born throughout the year, dependant on demand, with most litters born towards the end of April onwards. Please see Pigs For Sale for details on availability. We are dedicated to selling our miniature pigs to people who are caring and passionate, those that are well informed and are ready to accept the process of looking after a miniature/micro pig.
Comprehensive Guide To Pig Keeping Course
With our 10 years of experience in the industry we offer a Comprehensive Guide To Pig Keeping which covers the legalities and husbandry that go into owning a miniature pig.
This course is essential for first time pig owners.
Why Own A Pet Miniature/Micro Pig?
Miniature/micro pigs make wonderful pets for families, schools and small petting farms. They have a gentle nature and enjoy lots of love and attention. Miniature/micro pigs have hair, not fur and therefore, they are hypo-allergenic making them excellent pets for those with allergies. They also require minimal vaccinations and veterinary visits which keeps cost considerably low in comparison to other pets. Miniature/micro pigs are also a lower cost alternative to domesticated pets.
Due to their inquisitive and chatty nature we’d always advise keeping miniature/micro pigs in pairs, as they can get lonely and additional company for them helps reduce boredom and stress. Having two miniature pigs will ensure that when they are outside during the colder months, they will keep each other warm. Miniature pigs are herd animals and are sociable. According to the code of recommendation, miniature pigs should have company of their own kind.
Miniature pigs are fantastic pets for people of all ages, however they are very different to domestic animals as they are still considered live stock. Therefore, there are strict rules on keeping pigs within the UK.
Take a look at a recent blog about The Thomas Family's experience of owning their pet miniature pig called Biscuit - click here to read.
Things To Consider
- Where to Keep a Miniature Pig: Pigs must be kept fenced in pens (approx 6 metres squared) with appropriate shelter. Pig homes are called 'pig arks'. You can buy ready-made pig arks or houses. The ark must be draft and damp free. Pigs cannot regulate their temperature and may overheat, so shade needs to be provided in the summer months. We keep our miniature pigs on woodchip, which you can get from tree surgeons or garden centres. This should be free of Yew Tree and other poisonous leaves and plants. Miniature pigs are natural foragers and may dig or root up your garden, thick layers of woodchip help reduce damage. It is important to get good fencing as miniature pigs are known to be escape artists, therefore, you must have a safe penned area for the pigs to live in. It is essential to install and use the correct fencing. We use a reputable builder who constructs and maintains all of our pens. Miniature pigs are allowed inside your house but must have access to outside space to express their natural behaviour.
- Feeding: We feed our miniature pigs Allen & Page Potbellied Pig Feed which is arguably the best on the market. It contains 12% protein, is non-GM and is vegetarian society approved. We buy ours through a local feed merchant and provide a delivery of feed through our set up service, charging £15 per bag. A 20kg bag will last one pig around 6 weeks and two pigs roughly 1 month according to their size. A feed guide can be found on the back of the bags. It is illegal to feed your miniature pigs anything that has passed through ANY kitchen, scraps or commercial waste. We can supply you with a feeding guide, as it is important not to over feed your miniature pigs. Pigs also love fresh fruit and veg. As an occasional treat we recommend apples, pears, bananas and carrots. Like with all pets, you must always have a fresh, clean water supply for the micro pigs. In winter your hoses and pipes may freeze so always have a bucket to carry the water to the micro pigs or fit an automatic drinker to your pen.
- Husbandry: The way in which you look after your micro pigs is important, including establishing a good routine. Micro pigs must be checked on twice a day for signs of illness and damage to fencing. It is very important to keep things sanitary. Your pig’s equipment (i.e bowls, scoops, water buckets, troughs, etc) must be disinfected with a broad-spectrum disinfectant. You can get this through us, if you are unable to source it yourself. Due to pigs being zoonotic, you must use an anti-bacterial hand gel before and after contact with the pigs and wash your hands with warm water and soap regularly.
- Boar Castration: We can offer this service for an additional £200 per boar. This includes a visit to a trusted farm hospital, castration procedure, medication and 48 hour after care. Castration provides behavioural benefits for the boar and makes them easier to care for. It also reduces testosterone and androsterone in the animal’s body which reduces the effect of ‘boar taint’ which is an odour that a male lets off. Castration also helps limit tusk growth.
The above is discussed in detail during the Comprehensive Guide To Pig Keeping Course and we will work with you to ensure all of your questions and queries are answered.
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