Teacup PigCredit: Flickr/Ernst Vikne

Miniature Pigs Were first developed and bred to be used as medical research animals. In the 80's Americans began to buy miniature pigs to have as pets.

Miniature pigs are known by many names. They are often referred to as Teacup pigs. Other nicknames for these tiny pet pigs include mini pigs, pixie pigs, teacup pigs, British Micro Pigs, and even potbelly pigs.

Teacup Pig Scams

It is common for breeders to sell tiny pigs as teacup pigs, when in reality they are simply a regular pig who is tiny. As the tiny pig grows, he develops into a full-sized hog. At this point families may be emotionally attached to the pig, yet they can no longer afford to feed it and there home is not anywhere a full-sized hog can live as a house pet.

To avoid Teacup miniature pig scams you should only buy teacup pigs from a reputable mini pig breeder who has goo references. If you buy a cheap pig then you may get scammed. A mini pig can cost upwards of $5,000. If you spend the much money on a Pixie pig then you need to be sure that you are getting a true mini pig and not simply a regular pig that is current a baby but will develop into a large full-sized pig.

Pygmy Hog

Pygmy hogs are even smaller than Teacup pigs, but you will not be able to buy a Pygmy Hog. Pygmy Hogs are extremely endangered, and if you are offered a chance to buy a Pygmy hog you can be assured that it is a scam.

Teacup Pigs For Sale

You can find true Teacup pigs for sale online. There are numerous reputable places to buy mini pigs. For an authentic tea pig you can expect to pay at least $2,000, and ma y have to pay as much as $5,000. Teacup pigs are very expensive, but the cost is determined by market demand.

Exotic Miniature Pigs Weight and Mini Pig Breeding

All miniature pigs will grow to a full-size weight that is usually less than 25 pounds, but can be much less. A good breeding line of mini pigs can be bred and sold to make a great profit, however there is a lot of information to learn about breeding miniature teacup pigs. You need to research in-depth and talk with successful breeders before you drop $10,000 on a quality pair of teacup pigs for breeding.

Minipigs usually develop to full-size by the time they are 3 years old. At full size a mini pig will stand about 12-16". Even if your potbelly pig weighs more than 25 pounds, the height will usually not exceed 16", unless you bought a farm pig.

Teacup piggies can make a great pet. Fully research teacup pigs to learn if they might be a good fit for your home or not. I guarantee you and your kids will smile when you buy some teacup piggies clothes for your mini potbelly pig to wear around the yard.