No such thing as a small potbellied pig

I am the director of Goat Mountain Animal Sanctuary in Leicester, and some of the calls we get regarding pigs are from people who believed, when they purchased their potbellied pig, that it wouldn’t grow large — that it was some new, mini-type that would only grow to be 30 pounds. When the pig grows to the average size 80 to 125 pounds — and sometimes up to 150 pounds or more — they either can’t handle it, or their landlords tell them to get rid of it.

There is no such thing as a mini-potbellied pig! I was told by the director at a Ross Mill Farms pig sanctuary in Pennsylvania, which is home to 150 potbellied pigs, that perhaps an inbred runt could grow to be only 50 or so pounds, but that instance would be very rare. We have some here at Goat Mountain that are nearing 200 pounds.   

It is my opinion that most people shouldn’t ever buy a potbellied pig anyway, since so many are available for rescue. So if you are in a position to own a potbellied pig —meaning you own your house or property, you have at least an acre, or a few acres, you know that they will be large and you have the proper fencing — please, of course, rescue one. Otherwise, don’t buy a potbellied pig believing that it might be a mini one, because they don’t exist.

Here is a website dedicated to educating people about this issue: teacuppig.info.

— Rob Levy
Leicester

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