There really is NO SUCH THING as a teacup pig, or micro-mini!
Miniature pigs are mini compared to a domestic farm pig that can reach 600-plus pounds. So-called teacups are actually potbellied pigs who are either underfed to stunt their growth or who are sold under false pre-tenses.
Pigs are able to breed from as young as 6 weeks old, meaning the parents of these ‘mini’ pigs could actually be piglets themselves, so their size might not be an accurate measure of how large their offspring will be in adulthood, regardless of what the breeder claims.
Potbellied pigs can continue to grow for five years and in most cases reach well over 100 pounds. Unfortunately, most people believe sellers/breeders and neglect to do their research before buying a pig, resulting in heartache for everyone when owners can no longer provide the adequate care that these intelligent animals need. There have even been cases where well meaning individuals have blindly followed their breeder’s instructions, only to end up with a severely malnourished pig that needs specialized medical care for the rest of their lives.
Compared to the average farm pig, which can weigh more than 1,000 pounds, potbellied pigs are miniature, but they are in no way the size of a teacup. Breeders are interested in one thing: your money, and they will perpetuate whatever lies necessary to get it in the hopes that by the time your ‘mini’ pig grows too large for you to handle, you’ll be too attached to it or won’t want to go through the hassle and expense of returning it and attempting to get a refund.
When the novelty wears off and the pig is fully grown, it is not uncommon for them to be turned out as strays, taken to shelters and euthanized, sent to auction, stuck all alone in a tiny enclosure in the corner of someone’s yard, or worst case, ends up on someones plate.
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