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Pig tales: Meet the house-trained micro pigs


Cute, clever, and surprisingly low-maintenance, these little piggies don’t need taking for walks and won’t leave fur on your furniture. Meet the micro house pigs who are fast becoming the suburban family pets of choice

This little piggy stays at home

Happy pigs make perfect pets…

Pigs enjoy company, so two are better than one. They’ll quickly become part of the family and, if you pick micro pigs with docile personalities, they’ll mix well with children, and with other pets too.

But they can be little trotters

Pigs make less demanding pets than dogs, and are happy to get their exercise in a good-sized garden. But they’re also notorious escape artists, so strong, secure fencing is essential. Check it regularly to make sure there are no breaks or gaps.

Not so high on the hog

Little piggies can live for up to 15 years, and can grow very big if they’re not true miniatures, so always buy from a reputable dealer. At their largest they can be the size of a labrador, but they should be no taller than 40cm to 45cm.

Pigs need pampering

Contrary to popular opinion, pigs are very clean animals and love a good hose-down. Add a tiny amount of baby shampoo as a treat and then wrap your pig in a soft towel to complete the experience.


Wooden pig houses should be cool in summer and warm in winter. Make sure the structure doesn’t leak and is draught-free. Add plenty of straw bedding (barley is best) and ensure that there is a constant supply of clean, fresh water

Personal space
Micro pigs can live either indoors or in the garden, space permitting. They will quickly master your cat or dog flap, and learn to let themselves in and out without supervision

Adapted from This Little Piggy by Jane Croft, published by Kyle Cathie, price £9.99. To order a copy for £8.99 with free p&p, contact the YOU Bookshop on 0845 155 0711,
Please note you need a licence to keep pigs of any kind.

source: dailymail