The Truth About Mini Pigs


Juliana Piglet

We raise pet Juliana Pigs on our farm, commonly referred to as ‘mini pigs’ or ‘tea cup pigs’. Juliana pigs are the smallest breed of pig, typically light gray in color with black spotting. It all started a little over a year ago when my husband surprised me with a baby boar for my birthday. It was instant love for this adorable boy.

Baby Boar

About six months later, we had the opportunity to adopt a female from a family whom she had gown too big for. The female came to us very overweight and in dire need of a hoof trim. But she had a great temperament and she was happy. Long story short, she was put on a strict diet, got her hooves trimmed up and lost a lot of weight. Once she was a much healthier pig many months later, we allowed our male and female to breed and had our very first litter born.

Newborn piglets

So while our Juliana’s may not meet the breed standard for size and height to be registered, they are purebred, they are amazing pets and we love them. So are you ready for the truth about mini pigs? Here’s what owning them entails and what to really expect when bringing home a pig to join your family.

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👏👍I agree, pigs make great, entertaining, loving pets and they are very intelligent and sociable. A few years ago a family friends kids saw two tiny wild baby piglets one night alone trotting down the center of a back road. So of course they stopped, gathered up the two, noting they still had embilical cords attached, and bought them to me. Poor little things did not even know how to nurse. And my reading and learning began as did my attachment. I started them in a 1-1/2'x3' chick cage with infrared heat lamp and a mix of pine and cedar shavings for bedding (rooting) set on a wood box near my wood stove, yes, in the house. Although hungry, teaching the baby boys to nurse a bottle was rather difficult regardless of any nipple I tried. After three days they decided their milk was easier drank from a bowl. I also made them a baby mixed cereal mush with a a pinch of Vi-Tal mixed in, they loved this. Milk, mush and water were kept filled 24/7. Over the next weeks I added All Purpose Poultry then pig feed to mush and gradually thicken. They didn't care for fresh fruits or vegetables, but couldn't get enough of their mush. I handled them a lot and let them out several times a day to exercise in the house as well as letting all my critter kids get used to one another. After outgrowing their 2'x2'x4'L cage, weather being nice, I moved the Boys out to their new 8'Wx16'L pen with house and toys, stuffed bear being a favorite. They were about 2-1/2 months old. After sum three weeks or so, I gave up and took the pen gate off because they were not going to stay in the pen period. They wanted back in to eat and nap, but the rest of the time they wanted to run and play with the chickens, ducks, dogs, cats and goats who would run and play back. Not once, even when full grown, did these two wild pigs ever attempt to bite or cause any harm to any of the other animals nor me. The Boys loved playing tug-a-war including with my dogs. They would roll over for belly rubs, hold heads up to have their neck, face, ears, nose scratched. I had a large 6'W swimming pool for the ducks, but there wasn't enough room for them and the PiggyBoys to swim at the same time so, I bought the Boys their own pool. They would bed down in cedar shavings with my goats and it was not unusual to see chickens perched on both goats and pigs taking a snooze too. They'd come when called by name; at night, when escaping from my 160'x130' fenced yard for neighboring over grown areas, I'd open a gate and after 45 minutes to 1-1/2 hours tops they'd return home and to bed. I even took them out occasionally during the day for walks and let the nearby kids pet the Boys. As for their rooting habit, pig holes are lot easier to fill back in than those that dog's dig. Pigs will go after and kill snakes. I've been told a snake bite won't kill a pig as their body will discharge the venom from behind a hoof. And, unlike a dog's, pig droppings can be utilized in fertilizing a garden. But the best part about belonging to a Pig is the enjoyment and reciprocal love. CJ.D.

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