All Potbellied Pigs are miniature when compared to their cousin, the farm hog. Hence the name miniature pot bellied pigs. When full grown, a farm hog can exceed 1,000 pounds. Thus, it is obvious why Vietnamese pot belly pigs are considered miniature. Also, weight is not always the best way to describe them. Their bodies are very compact and solid. A 100 pound pig can be the size of a small dog that weighs 35-40 pounds. A full-grown potbellied pig can be anywhere from 100 to 250 pounds and not be overweight, and is still considered a miniature pig. The average weight seems to be 120 to 150 pounds but just like humans, pigs do come in various sizes, shapes and weights. With proper feeding and exercise your pig will grow to its predetermined genetic size. You can affect your pet pig’s weight through overfeeding, underfeeding, or a lack of exercise (just like us!). This is not a good idea and could cause serious health problems!
Potbellied pigs are also referred to as Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs. They are clever and caring companions. A major characteristic feature of the pig is its unending need to constantly eat making it difficult to curb their diet. They also require ample space outdoors to move around. Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs should, therefore, not necessarily be classified as ideal pets since they require more care and dedication as compared to other pet animals. The average pot belly pig weighs between 100-250 lb. They can weigh more depending on their diet, exercise, and care. When they gain excess weight they usually tend to have fat rolled over their eyes almost covering their eyesight which is extremely unhealthy in nature.
Vietnamese potbellied pigs are generally kept as pets — the actor George Clooney had one named Max. Potbellied pigs, relatively short but densely packed animals, come in a variety of colors, with prickly hair, short legs and, as their name suggests, potbellies. Potbellied piglets from a large litter can weigh less than a pound when they are born, but they grow rapidly for the first year and continue growing, albeit more slowly, until they are 3 to 4 years old. Fully grown adults are only 16 to 20 inches at the shoulder and can weigh from 100 to 250 pounds. In comparison, farm pigs can weigh up to 900 pounds and sometimes more. Pigs have dense, compact bodies — a potbellied pig weighing 150 pounds would be smaller than a German shepherd who weighs around 80 pounds.
Potbellied Pig Behavior And Temperament
Some people equate having a pig with having a dog. And while the species share some characteristics, such as their social and playful nature, pigs do still have a unique set of behaviors. Pigs are very intelligent and trainable. They can be house trained, learn to walk on a leash, and even perform some tricks. However, they are generally a bit headstrong and sensitive. A person must earn their cooperation through lots of positive reinforcement, especially treats.
A pig’s intelligence means it will become bored and potentially destructive easily when it doesn’t have enough activities and social interaction.1 Also, by nature pigs like to root around (use their snouts to search) for food, possibly knocking over objects in your home and tearing up your yard in the process. Hiding some of their daily food in treat puzzles or in a portion of your yard where you don’t mind them rooting can help to satisfy this behavior.
Pigs can form close bonds with humans. They also can learn to coexist peacefully with other animals in the house, especially when raised together from a young age. In fact, keeping multiple friendly pigs together is often better than having just one pig due to their social nature.
Pet pigs love to be scratched and massaged by their humans, and many will happily sit next to you and cuddle. They’re generally friendly animals, though they can become aggressive toward people or other animals if they feel threatened, frightened, or territorial. Spaying or neutering your pig can help to control hormones that often lead to aggression.2 In addition, pigs can produce some extremely loud vocalizations when they express their emotions. If you’re looking for a quiet pet, a pig isn’t it.
Pigs need to be taught to respect their owners by having rules and boundaries. This is one of the most important factors for a pet pig’s overall care.3 Consistently praise good behaviors, and aim to redirect or give a firm “no” to bad behaviors. Repetition and patience are key in producing a well-mannered potbellied pig that has a good relationship with its family.
How Long Do Pot Belly Pigs Live?
The lifespan on the average pot belly pig is now considered to be 12 – 15 years. It was originally thought that their longevity range was from 12 to 20 years. The truth is that nobody knows for certain. The oldest potbellied pig we know of is one that died at 19 years of age. Keep in mind that the potbellied pig has only been in this country since 1985, so this pig evidently was one of the originals. UPDATE: We hear from more and more people with pigs living to be 18-20.
We are still learning a lot about these unique little animals. This is a serious consideration for anyone contemplating a potbellied pig as a pet. It is, quite literally, a lifelong commitment given the longevity of these animals.
How Tall Do Pot Belly Pigs Get?
The average full-grown pot bellied pig is anywhere from 16-26 inches tall at their shoulders. I am 5′ 4″ and my biggest pig, Ziggy comes to just above my knees.
Basic Care Requirements
Potbellied pigs remain a popular pet, several decades after their introduction into the United States. New breeds or types of miniature pigs now exist, with breeders aiming to create smaller pet pigs. Breeding for micro mini or teacup sized pigs does not always result in tiny adult pigs! Before acquiring any potbellied or miniature pig, you will need to be prepared for a pet that may weigh 60 to 120 pounds or more as an adult. The best way to predict how big your pig will grow is to see how big both parents are at maturity. Much of your pig’s growth will occur in the first 9 to 12 months of age but it will continue to grow until it is at least two or three years old. Do not be surprised if your 40-pound yearling pig ultimately grows up to be an 80 pound adult.