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Do you want to adopt a pot-bellied pig?

Are you thinking of having a pig as a pet? Do you want to adopt a pot-bellied pig? There are pigs that need a home, just like other pets that have been abandoned. Domesticated pot-bellied pigs: means that they can be trained to do almost the same things that dogs and cats can be trained to do, and they can be domesticated.

All about pot-bellied pig

The color these pigs were when they first arrived in the US was black. Today these little guys can be tan, white, gray and red. Some of these pigs have what is called spotted coloration and a lot of people like to have these with spots. They are all adorable, no matter their color, and they are very intelligent animals.

These pigs can grow to a good size. Its weight can reach approximately two hundred pounds. If they are trained to have good manners, the weight will not be an issue as they get older. They can live ten to 12 years or more.

The difference between females and males and their attitudes (personalities) is similar to that of dogs. The male will be more needy (clingy), but more hostile. The female is softer and less needy. The only time the female will show signs of personality conflicts is when she is preparing to have babies of her own.

Why adopt a pot-bellied pig?

When people want a pet that will always amuse them and keep their interests to the fullest, they may want to adopt a pot-bellied pig. These animals are like clowns and can learn tricks and tasks. They can be stubborn at times, but are usually very entertaining and lovable. The best part of adopting a pot-bellied pig is saving its life from loneliness. It will be very rewarding, especially once he or she shows the true colors of the antics. Even the ones that are tripped up are hilarious. One simply cannot help but laugh at these animals.

train a pot bellied pig

Pot-bellied pigs can be potty trained in a litter box, or they can be trained to tell their owner when it’s time to go potty.

They can be trained to pick things up, retrieve things, and bring things to their owner.

They can be trained to open doors, if the owner wants them to learn this.

The best way to train the pot-bellied pig is to use treats every time they do a task to cheat the way they have been taught how to do it.

The best way to train your pot-bellied pig to urinate in a litter box or other designated area is to place its water bowl next to that area. This may sound strange or funny, but this way of thinking makes sense. Pigs will generally use the bathroom while drinking water. It is good to know this in advance.

Caring for the pot-bellied pig

Treat this house pet like any other pet in the house. Allow some time outside for this pet to get outside and exercise, just like other pets do. The pig will need to receive some maintenance on its hooves every 2-3 years, such as trimming. The local veterinarian will be able to offer more information about medical and other care that may be required. Pigs can get deer and wood ticks, just like other pets. Deer ticks are usually found. Also ask the local vet about this. If your pig is going to have its chances for a long, healthy life, it’s a good idea to vaccinate it for what’s necessary and keep up to date on vaccinations.

Pot-bellied pigs love to be outside and have dirt to dig in, especially if they can find some plants to eat when they dig. Of course, if someone lives where there will be snow on the ground during the winter, the pig will adapt to the change and wait for spring. However, keep in mind that this pet will dig up parts of the garden. It might be a good idea to have a small pen in an area where you can dig, like in the back where no one else can see the dug garden. 😉

Believe it or not, but pot-bellied pigs don’t require that much care. Keep in mind that their eyes aren’t that good, so quick movements can scare them away.

feeding tips

Although a pig will not reject any piece of food that is put in front of it, that is not how it should be fed. They should only eat certain types of food. There is a food for pigs that most people call “pig chow”. A grain store might be the best place to find this type of food for the newest pet in the household.

Preparation before the pet arrives at the new home

This is kind of like having a newborn baby come home from the hospital. The house must be safe for the newcomer. Make sure anything that could be dangerous, or important, is out of reach of the pot-bellied pig. They will be very curious and will probably try to grab anything when they explore their new home, inside and out. 😉

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