There is a lot of information available out there on the world wide web – and a lot of misinformation as well.
If you read or hear something that goes against all the other information we have available on this website, you can check with information from other reputable breeders, ask the question on the AllExperts web site, or best of all if it’s something that really concerns you, check with a veterinary swine specialist.
Here are some of the fascinating myths that we’ve found out there, both to educate and to entertain you:
Myth #1: A mini pig’s organs continue to grow while their skeleton fuses and stops growing, leaving the pig in pain, and eventual death.
Truth #1: Really? We can’t imagine anyone who has done the sort of background research we suggest who could give that myth a second thought. You really have to wonder where some of these come from!
Myth #2: A mini pet pig is a runt or a mutant.
Truth #2: A mini pig is not a runt/dwarf/mutant. They are proportioned at a smaller scale than a full-size pig. If a pet pig is 10% of the physical size of a commercial pig, then the pet’s organs are therefore 10% the size of its larger counterpart.
We do NOT breed runts or otherwise less-than-perfect, healthy small pet pigs. Our sows (females) must be at least one year of age before we decide if they will join our breeding program. A sow will be only be bred if she shows exceptional temperament and behaviour, has great body conformation, and is in great health. Healthy parent piggies produce healthy piglets.
Myth #3: Mini pigs do NOT exist. It is just a full-size pig that scammers are selling.
Truth #3: There certainly are some scammers out there selling full-sized pigs as micro-mini pigs. However, small pigs, while still rare, do exist! We are not the only ones who have small pig adults. You can track the growth records of our breeding herd on the Meet the Herd page.
Myth #4: Mini pigs don’t reach full size until 5 years of age, by which point they’ll be over 100 lbs.
Truth #4: A number of people seem to believe this. In fact, we checked this out with our veterinarian, who is a swine specialist. It turns out that their growth rate is more similar to medium to large dogs. A pig will do most of it’s growing, especially in terms of height, by one year of age. (The vet said about 90% of adult growth). Like a dog, they will continue to mature and fill out a bit more for another 6 to 12 months. Any weight beyond that likely due to over feeding! When a pig puts on fat, it puts it on around it’s entire torso and even on its head. The excess fat on a pig’s back can make it appear to be getting “taller”, but it’s just fat. Read our page on using the pig’s spine to determine if it is a healthy weight.