The Perfect Pet: A Micro Pig

Micro pigs are the latest new pet fad. If you have yet to hear about them, I will teach you a lot right now! Paris Hilton, the Beckhams, and Rupert Grint (from Harry Potter) own them already, and many stars have been ordering them too. Add me to that list, please!

Micro pigs are called such because they are smaller than your standard pig. They weigh only nine ounces at birth and are literally the size of a teacup. They are basically the tiniest, most precious looking pigs you could imagine! The photos of the baby piglets in their various shapes and colors won me over. There are pink pigs, spotted pigs, and completely black pigs. I Google searched the term “micro pig” and enjoyed browsing the entire image section. If you are currently bored, I highly recommend doing this too. If you have a heart, you will probably fall in love and dream about micro pigs. Or maybe that’s just me and my strange obsession.

Anyway, these pigs grow up to be about 12-16 inches tall, and they will only weigh 45-60 pounds. To compare, the pigs are just about the size of a medium to large dog.

Another plus with these cute creatures is that they are completely allergy free. The pigs do not have fur, so they don’t have dander. Additionally, pigs are one of the smartest, cleanest animals and are easily potty-trained. The pigs are technically a cross breed of Miniature Pot Bellied pigs and Gloucester Old Spot. The piglets enjoy toys, their owners, and cuddling just like dogs! They don’t need as much as exercise or daily walks as dogs, but you can take them out if you want. I can just picture myself walking around the neighborhood with my piglet and puppy now.

But nothing can be quite so perfect, right? When you buy a micro pig, you have to make sure the owner is not duping you into buying a pig that hasn’t had a growth spurt yet. The real micro pigs are inbred repeatedly to miniature their size, which leads to deformities and inherited negative traits and health problems. Did I fail to mention their astronomical price? The pigs are upwards of $1,200, hard to get in America, and you have to be sure that your neighborhood allows the proper zoning for the pigs. You don’t want to get your precious Wilbur taken away from you after all the money you forked over for him!

I guess it’ll be a while until I get a micro pig… if I get one at all.

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