Animals / Minipigs

Vietnamese Potbellied Pigs

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Вьетнамская вислобрюхая свинья (ру.)

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These pigs are originally from Vietnam, but where imported to the U.S. & Canada in the 1960s.

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.

Внешний вид

Height: 12-14 in

Weight: up to 60 pounds

Legs are short

Snout is short

Back is swayed

Belly is pot

Tail is straight and long

Ears are small and erect

Appearance is very protly and round

The primary colors for the Vietnamese pot belly and teacup pot bellies are black and white. Breeders often set pricing on colors and patterns and also eye color.

Характер

They are extremely social animals, but are also known for their stubborn and independent streaks.

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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

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