The Pros And Cons of Owning Teacup Pigs

If you are really looking for a steady companion, a teacup pig is perfect for you

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A teacup pig is just a small pig that has the ability to grow up to 12-16 inches tall and can weigh up to 30 to 65 pounds. At birth, it may only weigh 9 ounces which is really small when compared to the traditional pot bellied pigs. Because it is small, lots of people find them very attractive. However, there are both pros and cons of having these cute animals in your house. Discussed below are the various aspects you need to consider.

The Advantages

It has a long lifespan.

If you are really looking for a steady companion, a teacup pig is perfect for you. Its lifespan ranges from 15 to 20 years. However you need to take good care of it to ensure that it will live longer.

It is intelligent.

Despite the general feedback that pigs are dumb, a teacup pig is very smart. Just like other pets such as dogs and cats, it can also be trained to use its litter box and to perform different tricks which can provide entertainment.

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It is affectionate by nature.

It is really sweet and affectionate which makes it more appealing to have. It needs your love and care. If you don’t have enough time for him then you might as well choose another type of pet.

It is perfect for those who have respiratory problems or allergy.

Unlike dogs and cats, a teacup pig doesn’t have hair which can cause allergy and other respiratory problems. It only has fine hair that does not shed.

Pickles the State Farm Pig | by State Farm

It does not bark or make loud noise.

Since it does not bark, you won’t have problems of causing disturbances to your neighbors.

The Disadvantages

It can be aggressive.

It needs to be trained because it could become aggressive if it is not well disciplined. These animals also tend to open the bottom part of your fridge and pantry just to look for food.

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It needs lots of time, love, and care.

If you are a very busy person, a teacup pig may not be the right one for you. You need to frequently play with him, to feed him and to train him. You also need to buy him toys so that he will be entertained.

A teacup pig is a very cute animal to have as a pet and if you have sufficient time to play and cuddle with this cute pet, then this is the right pet for you.

Source by Lloyd Pinto