If you have never considered having a potbellied pig for a pet, you might reconsider after reading this blog.
You may be thinking, “Why would I ever adopt a pig as a pet?” Well, many people have pet pigs and enjoy them for several good reasons, actually. Pigs are very intelligent creatures, and they can be trained. Also, you may not have necessarily thought that these animals could be affectionate, but they are! Other great qualities that these pets have are playfulness and, contrary to popular belief, they’re clean and odor free. Whodda thunk?
However, just as if you were considering adopting a dog or a cat, there are also other factors to consider. While pigs can be trained much like dogs, they are also very curious animals. This means that when a pig gets bored, he can be destructive. And true to the stereotype, most pigs are always on a quest to find food. If you thought that a dog was bad about getting into garbage, you may think a dog’s a saint when compared to this pet. They’re also solidly built and can weigh in at 100 lbs, even if they’re the size of a small 40-lb dog. Finally, these animals are also known to be aggressive. They can be territorial as well as have a drive to be the dominant pet.
Other things to consider when considering adopting a pig are that they can live for up to 12-18 years, require good quality food and access to a large outdoors space. You will also want to find a veterinarian in your area that knows how to treat this animal.
So, is a pig for you? Sound off in the comments!