Feeding Your Little Pet Pig

While we can guarantee you will receive a healthy piglet from us, we cannot guarantee the full-grown weight of the pig, as we have no control over what (and how much) you feed your pet pig and how you care for it. If you follow our feeding guidelines and make sure your piggy gets some daily exercise, then you piglet will grow to a size similar to its healthy adult parents.

  • If you feed your pet pig correctly, it will grow at a proper rate – which is slow. Remember that a commercial pig reaches over 200 lbs. by six months. Our piglets are usually about 20 to 30 lbs. around that age.

  • Our little pet pigs are bred to be indoor pets, so their needs are different than a standard potbelly pig.

  • We recommend feeding your mini pig Our Little Piggy Pet Pig Food, which is available exclusively through our online store, The Market. Our Little Piggy Pet Pig Food was specially designed by an animal nutritionist to provide all the nutrients mini pigs may lack from being indoors, as they don’t eat grass or root for food on a regular basis.

  • Store food in an air tight container, in a cool, dry place.

  • Pigs need LOTS of water to help digest their food. One option that we often use is to add water directly to the food dish when we feed them, especially if your piggy is not much of a water drinker.

  • Please note that too much grazing is not healthy for your little pig, especially in the spring, when protein levels in the grass are too high for your little piggy.

Marvel & Ham curiousA curious little pair, Hamilton and Marvel, watch while Suzanne trims down a little pool so that they can get into the water more easily.

Socialization & Behaviour

  • Pigs need at least six weeks with their mother and other litter mates, not only for nutritional needs, but also to learn manners and discipline

  • Just as with other animals, pigs get destructive when bored. Your mini pig can play with “dog toys” designed for the same age/size.

  • Pigs naturally root and dig up grass; this is an instinctive behaviour. If you have a yard, designate a spot in your yard for your pigs to root around in by scattering treats in that area. This will teach your piglet to dig in this spot only

  • Pigs by nature will only soil in one area of their pen. This makes it quite easy to litter train or house break your pet pig. **Please note: we caution AGAINST using clumping cat litter for your pig. Pigs have been known to ingest the “clumps” and become very sick. Instead, try using pressed wood fuel pellets for litter.**

  • Pigs don’t sweat, so you must be cautious in hot weather, and keep your mini pig in a cool area, with access to lots of water and SHADE. Here’s Wynn enjoying a bit of dappled shade in the piggy yard. Wynn standing

  • Create an environment of intentional parenting to your pig. Pigs learn quickly, and it is better to teach them habits you’ll want them to have all their lives. That’s easier than trying to train them out of bad habits.

  • We spend time daily with our piglets from the day they are born, until they go to their new forever home.


  • Most potbelly pigs have an under bite and crooked bottom teeth.

  • By age five, a pig should have all its adult teeth.

  • Mini pet pigs do have tusks, however size will vary from pig to pig

  • Pigs foam at the mouth when cutting teeth – this is very common in pigs. Pigs also foam at the mouth when very excited – like at meal time!

  • Pigs lose their teeth several times a year

  • Pigs grind their teeth when cutting new teeth

Harness Training

  • Pigs don’t like having things put over their heads, so find a harness that can be slipped under the piglet and buckled on their back.

  • Baby pigs instinctively hate being held or restrained, as this is what a predator would do before eating its prey. The piglet’s instincts are telling the piglet that being held is a BAD thing; this is why we make sure to spend lots of time socializing our piglets, as this leads to a smoother transition when it’s time to take your piglet home.

  • If your pig is not yet harness trained, then spend a day or two getting your piglet used to the harness; hold it next to him, let him see it, smell it, rub it on his body, let him smell it some more. After a few days of this, place a few small treats on the ground, slip the harness under him, and buckle the harness, all the while offering positive reassurance in a calm, soothing voice. Repeat the routine above for a few days, distracting your piglet with treats.

  • It is easier to train a piglet new behaviours, than to try to change an older pig’s bad behaviours, so Our Little Piggy recommends harness training your piglet shortly after you get your piglet home.

Skin Care

  • Pigs have a tendency to get dry skin, so don’t bathe your pig more than necessary.

  • Brush your pig every day, just as you would a dog (this encourages bonding) IMG_20140307_102017787_HDR

  • When necessary, supplement your mini pig feed with a drizzle of flax oil on its food daily, and continue brushing as the dry skin improves.

Veterinary Care

  • All of our pet piglets will have already had their veterinary check-ups with our Swine Specialist, and will only be released if given a clean bill of health.

  • Talk to your veterinarian about vaccinations for your piggy friend. You may need to de-worm him/her from time to time. Our vet prefers to test for parasites before de-worming.

  • Your pet pig’s hooves may need to be trimmed from time to time, though this is something you can do at home with a pair of hoof trimmers. We also have a step-by-step Hoof Trimming Lesson page, created by Jaime Neeb, which will walk you through how to successfully trim your pet’s feet.

  • We suggest taking piggy to the veterinarian at least once a year. Your vet will have great advice about the amount you are feeding your pig (too much, not enough, or just right), hooves that need to be trimmed, and whether piggy is getting enough exercise.

Our Little Piggy Pet Pig Food is available to purchase here on our website. Simply visit our Pet Pig Food page to learn about all the great ingredients we have packed into this mini pet pig food and then go to our online shop, The Market, to purchase food for your little piggy.