Questions & Answers about Miniature Pigs
Is there miniature pigs in Australia
Yes... there are Miniature Pigs in Australia...
There are registered miniature pig breeders in Australia. www.mpppaustralia.com
The word miniature is describing something smaller than the original.
In Australia... there are miniature cattle, miniature goats, miniature horses,
miniature donkeys, miniature ponies and miniature pigs....!
They have all been bred down from the original breed of animal.
With any new type of animal there needs to be standards set, breeding records
kept over years of breeding and finally getting them recognised.
How big is a miniature pig
There are different sizes of miniature pigs in Australia + there are some breeders
selling normal piglets as miniature's. so be aware when purchasing
At the moment the sows that we breed with range in size from 40-50cm high.
Miniature pigs are measured to the front shoulder
But you can get a variety of sizes of miniature pigs up to 60cm high.
It is up to you to talk or email the miniature pig breeder and decide what size would
suite your family and where you live.
See our Breed Standard for the breeding standard we use for our miniature pigs.
Do miniature pigs have a special diet
Yes miniature pigs do have a special diet..
We feed our pet pigs natural cracked grain (soaked in hot water at least an hour
before feeding) or fruit & veg, + some treats for when you are training, they also like
to graze on grass of a day.
You can also purchase grass hay if you don't have much grass for your pet pig.
Feed your miniature pig:
- piglet are fed twice a day up until 4 months of age.
- adult miniature pig are fed once a day.
They are fed either natural grain or fruit & veg + some treats for training.
Because they graze on grass of a day:
they only need small amounts of grain or fruit & veg to be healthy.
Adults are fed 1% of their body weight once a day
Piglets are fed 4% of their body weight once a day
Their grain, fruit & veg is measured so they get the correct amount of food for
their size. They can graze on grass as much as they want.
Pig pellets can be fed to a miniature pig, but only a table spoon sprinkled on top of
their food as they are made for meat pigs not miniature pigs.
Normal pig breeder/owner's feed their pigs a completely different diet as they
are feeding to produce mass meat production for slaughter as to feeding a
miniature pig as a pet.
When is a miniature pig an adult
Miniature pigs are classed as an adult at 2 years of age.
They do 80% of their growing in their first year.
The studies that we have done with our miniature pigs, have shown that they
will grow up to 3 to 5cm in their 2nd year and this is due to their body fat.
We also continue to study all aspects of the miniature pigs and keep
updates available here on our web-site.
Do I need Council permission
Yes... you need to contact your Local Council.
Phone and ask if you are allowed a pet miniature pig in your shire.
All Councils in Australia have a Different Ruling about pet miniature pigs.
If they say "NO" You can submit to your local Council asking for a review of their
decision as they may be unaware that there is miniature pigs as pets in Australia...
We do have a letter we can email you to put with your review explaining
what a miniature pig is, your Council is also welcome to phone us if they
have any queries.
Do pet miniature pigs need to be de-sexed
Yes... The breeder's of miniature pigs get their piglets de-sexed (spayed or neutered)
at 5 weeks of age that are being sold as pets. Their vet's know how to perform the
surgery and are experienced.
If a miniature pig is not de-sexed as a pet; when they mature they become hormonal
the only mate they know is you so they can become depressed and despondent if you
won't mate with them.
Both male and females will keep trying to mate with you and when you won't they
can become aggressive as they think that you don't love them.
Sows come into season every 21 days and boars are hormonal all the time after 6 months
of age. In their mating ritual they will bite, push & jump on top of anything standing still.
So it is very important to make sure that the breeder includes this in their package
of sell a pet piglet. There is no excuse for a breeder not to get their piglets desexed...!
Is it OK to get a nose ring for a miniature pigs
Are miniature pigs a clean pet to have
Yes.... Miniature pigs are a very clean pet to have.
You can bath your pet miniature pig just as you bath a dog.
We also rinse them with Fido's Concentrate Rinse as it deters... mites, fleas and ticks
on our miniature pigs and dogs and it has a great fresh smell.
Pigs in the past have been known as a dirty, smelly animal....!
This myth is only because of the way people kept them in small pens. They had to eat,
sleep and go to the toilet in that small area...
My answer is... You would be a dirty, smelly person too if you had to live
in those same conditions....!
Can a miniature pig live in our house
Yes/No... miniature pigs like to graze on grass of a day, they are fine to visit and they
are ok to sleep in your home, but they do need to graze on grass of a day in your
back yard. Miniature pigs will come to their name, you can train them to sit, go on a
harness and lead, be litter trained or be trained to go outside, they love being with
Our miniature pigs are adorable and I would not part with them.
Can you litter train a miniature pig
Yes.... miniature pigs can be litter trained or trained to go out side.
I have never been able to litter train a dog, but have had no problem litter training a
We have step by step instruction on how to toilet train a miniature pig in our:
Do miniature pigs get along with other animals
Yes.... miniature pigs do get along with other animals, we raise our piglets with our
dogs, cats, duck and other farm animals.
You will need to have a safe pen for your piglet to be in of a night or day for when
you go out, just while they are small. This is so your piglet will feel safe of a night and
of a day if you are not there.
You do need to supervise your miniature piglet at first with your animals, and never
leave a piglet unsupervised with a dog/s while they are little.
Can a miniature pig be harness trained
Yes.. you can harness train a miniature pig, you can take him/her for a walk in your local neighborhood. The same rules apply for taking a miniature pig for a walk as any pet,
they have to be on a Lead.
There is instruction for harness training your miniature pig in our:
Can a miniature pig be trained to do tricks
Yes... miniature pigs are very intelligent, you can train them to perform tricks, the same
that you train your dog but more.
They can, sit- lay down- chase a ball- come to their name and more....!
We supply a 35 A4 page miniature pig information book with all our piglets:
Or you can purchase the miniature pig information book
Do miniature pigs have tusks
Yes.... sows (females) and boars (males) both have tusks.
They are the side teeth in the mouth of the pig.
Miniature pigs tusks are small and don't normally protrude out the side of their mouth like
Also... a pig that has been de-sexed has even smaller tusks as their lack of
hormones prevent their growth in a pet pig.
Is there a size guarantee for a miniature pig
No... but the size of the parents as an adult are what size the piglets should grow to or
smaller. Even genetically breeding miniature pigs smaller than a large pig, they do need to
be fed according to their size otherwise their body will grow bigger to accommodate
the extra weight.
The Boar (father) of the piglets should be genetically smaller than the Sow (mother),
then the piglet should grow to the size of the mother or be genetically smaller.
The breeder should give you care and feeding instructions with your piglet and should
have him/her de-sexed (spayed or neutered).
When you get your miniature pig/piglet, as long as you follow the instructions given to
you from the breeder, you should not have a problem with your miniature pig.
Pig pellets or pig grower pellets should only be fed to a miniature pig as a treat, about
1 tablespoon on top of their food as they are for meat pigs.
Feeding recommendations from a normal/meat pig breeder/owner are completely
different to feeding a miniature pig. Feeding information for a miniature pig.
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