Characteristics: A mature pig will be approximately 13-20 inches tall, with an average weight being 130-150 pounds, but can range in size from 90–175. There is no such thing as a “miniature pig” or a “tea-cup pig.” These animals are genetically bred to reduce their size. Original specimens brought to the United States in the 1980s were black. Now several varieties are available including grey, white, tan and red.
Lifespan: If well cared for, pot-bellied pigs can live up to 20 years.
Pot-bellied Pigs as pets? Pot-bellied pigs have been abandoned when owners discover that the pigs actually grow to larger sizes and require more care than they can give. Sometimes pig owners are forced to give up pet pigs due to local ordinances. If one is considering a pot-bellied pig as a pet it is highly encouraged to adopt from a local shelter or rescue organization. There are hundreds of pigs who need re-homing.
Keeper notes: Polly was born in 2007 and came to the zoo in 2010. Penny is our younger pig (born Jan. 2015). Penny was donated by a family who couldn’t keep her.
Polly and Penny are not the easiest to see in the winter because they bury themselves in piles of straw in the shelter. In the summer, however, they enjoy mud baths, sprinklers, and sunning themselves.
Some of their favorite treat items are: watermelon, apples, peanut butter, and grapes.