Daisy our pot belly pig was born in London Ontario, on a cold winter night and the hydro had gone off. Daisy’s mom could not find her and she nearly froze to death. When we got Daisy, she was the runt of the litter and was very sick. She had mange and was weak. Daisy needed medical attention immediately and someone that would take the time to care for her.
Daisy lived in our home for the first six months. She was trained to use a kitty litter box and learned how to bark like our dog, Karma. Her favorite toy is her stuffed piggy, which she sleeps with every night. She enjoys belly rubs and back scratches, and will squeal when she gets excited!
At six months we moved her to the barn, where she enjoyed her new surroundings with the other animals. At eight months, Daisy went blind, which is quite normal for pot belly pigs. Even though she is blind, she can still remember how to make her way back to our home, so when the horses break into the barn and she is running free, she will go to the house and oink at the door to let us know the horses are in the barn.
Daisy is a very clean pig and does not like to roll in the mud. She refuses to use her stall as a washroom, but will use the stalls of all the other animals. She is the smartest animal in the barn.
Pot-Belly Pig Facts
Considerably smaller than standard American or European farm pigs, they weigh 43 to 136 kg (100 to 300 lb).
Boars, intact male pigs, become fertile at six months of age, long before they are completely physically mature. Pot-bellied pigs are considered fully grown by six years of age, when the epiphyseal plates in the long bones of the legs finally close.
Because pot-bellied pigs are the same species as ordinary farmyard pigs and wild boars, they are capable of interbreeding. Most pot-bellied pigs have been crossed with various farm pig breeds. A study revealed extreme genetic diversity in indigenous Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs. They were also genetically different from each other according to location of origin in Vietnam. Pig breeds from developed countries were refined over centuries to a specific genetic make-up.
This means a cross between a purebred Vietnamese pot-bellied and another pig type, its genetic material is more diverse and the offspring will resemble the more specific pig imports. The German Agriculture Ministry has been assisting Vietnam with its pork production by introducing large breeds of pigs into Vietnam since the mid-1980s.
Today, the Vietnamese and German governments have realized that the indigenous Vietnamese pig subspecies exist only in mountainous Vietnam and Thailand. The Vietnamese government has begun to subsidize local farmers who continue to raise the indigenous pot-bellied pigs because it realizes they are neither as prolific nor as large as other breeds.
Many breeders recommend the spaying or neutering of both sexes at a young age if the owner does not wish to breed them. Many local laws also require licensed pet pigs to be neutered. The procedure is different from the method used in farm pigs. Neutering is said to reduce the aggression of boars and female pigs during estrus, as well as the risk of testicular cancer and uterine tumors. The hooves and tusks are also recommended to be trimmed.
Pot-bellied pigs have been abandoned when owners discover that these pigs actually grow to larger sizes and require more care than they believed. Others are forced to give up pet pigs due to local ordinances.
According to Adam Goldfarb, the director of the Pets At Risk program for the Humane Society of the United States, “Pot-bellied pigs are really emblematic of what happens to an animal when it becomes a popular or fad pet. We saw this in the ’90s when there was the initial pot-bellied pig craze. A lot of people went to buy them because they are so cute when they are little, but then they get big.”
Pot-bellied pig associations recommend adoption from local shelters instead of buying. Others like the Southern California Association for Miniature Pot-bellied Pigs and the California Pot-bellied Pig Association are actively involved in housing abandoned pet pigs. Despite this, shelters often have difficulty in finding new homes for abandoned pigs.
That’s where we come in; Land O’ Lakes Rescue Petting Farm gives these loving Pot-bellied Pigs a loving home where they receive lots of attention from our guest and visitors like you!
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