Miniature pig

Miniature pigs are intelligent, curious and sociable. Pigs are highly intelligent animals, and they like to be cuddled.

  • Domesticated pigs originally derived from wild boar. Humans have long domesticated and kept pigs for their meat, but today they also play a role as pets – particularly miniature pigs. Miniature pigs are bred by crossing the pot-bellied pig with several other small pig breeds.


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    Scientific name:

    Sus scrofa


    Even-toed ungulates




    20–80 kg

    Sexual maturity:

    From 4 months

    Breeding season:

    All year round


    3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days

    Number of young:

    4–12 piglets


    10–15 years


    Both animals and plants

  • Appearance

    The pig’s nose is called a snout. The pig uses its snout to dig for roots, worms, seeds, snails and other tasty treats down in the ground. With its snout and its sense of smell, the pig can find food half a metre down in the soil.

    Pigs are cloven-hoofed animals, or ‘even-toed ungulates’ as they are also known. This means they have two hooves on each foot, instead of just one like horses.

    Miniature pigs as pets

    Miniature pigs are small pigs kept as pets, and they became popular in the 1980s and 1990s. Pigs are omnivores, just like humans, so they are easy to keep as pets. If you get a miniature pig, you can expect it to live for ten to fifteen years. It is also worth bearing in mind that they like to root around in the ground and meet other pigs.

    Miniature pigs in medical research

    Miniature pigs were originally bred for use in medical research. For example, experiments have been carried out to find out whether pigs’ organs can be transplanted into humans. This is because pigs’ bodies, stomachs and intestines are similar to those of humans.

  • Did you know…

    The pig uses its snout to dig with when looking for treats in the ground.

You can find the miniature pig here

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