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History of Teacup Pigs


Teacup pigs are mini breeds of pigs that were specially made in order to carry out scientific experiments and also to make as wonderful pets. They are as small as a teacup (hence the name, teacup pigs) and are becoming popular as tiny pet options. Moreover, these pigs are really cute to carry and have a very easygoing temperament too. Though pigs have been known to be quite dirty and big fat hogs, these pigs are as sweet and beautiful as they can be. Moreover, their small size makes them even more adorable and that is why they have almost become a rage amongst people. 

The mini pigs were first noticed in the 1960s when a few potbellied pigs were being sent to the western nations. As these pigs were smaller in size and weighed only 15-200 pounds, they became an instant hit amongst the scientific community that needed to carry out a few experiments on these pigs which were later to be used for organ transplantations operations. The popularity of these pigs grew more in the 1980s. However, the peak of the trend came about after the 2000s. They have been marked as a celebrity favorite and famous celeb Paris Hilton was seen with sporting a mini pet like this in 2009. Since then more and more people have been attempting to buy teacup pigs as they make for a ‘different’ pet.

The teacup pigs are also referred to as ‘mini pigs’, ‘micro mini pigs’, ‘dandie pigs’ and ‘pocket pigs’. The teacup pgs name has been given to these pigs by a British breeder Chris Murray. Chris lives in England and he has been breeding the original Vietnamese potbellied pigs with another small variety of pigs from New Zealand, which is called Kune kune. Just like the Vietnamese Potbellied pigs, these pigs too are very small in size and never weigh more than 200 pounds. However, the cross breeding process also included some heavier pigs like Tamworth which weigh around 800 pounds when adults and Old Spots that weight around 600 pounds when adults.

The impact of such a cross breeding was as expected. After continuing this process since 1992, Chris finally created a miniature pg variety and called it Teacup pigs. It was from there that the trend has been soaring. Teacup pigs were first called ‘Pennywell Pigs’ as they belong to the Pennywell farm in England that Chris owned. There is also a very interesting story behind naming them teacup pigs. Chris has been confirming the fact that these little pigs love tea and are generally as small as a teacup itself, hence the name. He had bred 24 generations of pigs before he got these Teacup pigs. These pigs were first presented in front of public in the year 2007 and were specifically marketed as pet pigs. There was no mention of scientific experiments here. Another very well known name for teacup pigs is Jane Croft who has made many public appearances with her teacup pigs and is also selling to a lot of celebrities. 

Teacup pigs are indeed in all forms ‘miniature pigs’ and that is why they make good pets. Their weight at birth is merely 9 ounces and they never reach a height of more than 16 inches in their life. Moreover, the weight also never goes beyond 65 pounds and that is why they make mini companions. There has been a lot of talk about the nature and intelligence of these pigs. They are always shown to be very responsive and very intelligent as compared to the other pigs. Moreover, they are also not considered ‘grimy’ or ‘dirty’. As compared to other pets like dogs and cats, there is quite less maintenance and they do not even shed twice or thrice a year. An added advantage is that they never really prefer dirt but they may like a messy place of living.

An average teacup pig will cost around $1000. Therefore, they certainly make for a style statement as well as a huge hole in the pocket. In the British territory, they are sold for 700 Euros and again make for a very expensive pet. In some countries there are a few restrictions on owning a cup pig. The reason is that this variety is not yet a stable and established breed and both the vets and the owners may have to have a little patience when it comes to rearing them. 
At some places you need to have a special license for keeping a teacup pig. The reason is that they too need medical services and there must be vets in your area that can treat them. For now, there is a lot of variety with teacup pigs and you can find one for yourself, if you have at least $1000. Remember, shipping isn’t included. If you are looking for the best recommendation on teacup pigs for sale we can help!