On October 7th, 2009 a short news program aired here in the US on the Today Show, promoting the "tea cup" pigs that are being heavily advertised, especially in Great Britain and on the Internet, and now to unsuspecting, gullible people here in the US. As is typical, the only pigs shown were tiny babies, and though adorable, by her own admission, the UK breeder said they'll reach knee high. Hello!!! That's the same size as many of the the current potbellies and only very slightly smaller than an average Kunekune. The tea cup pigs are a cross between potbellies, Kunekunes, Tamworths and another breed. They are considered a miniature pig, as compared to the farm type breeds, but they certainly aren't any smaller than the current miniature breeds available. Celebrities are buying into the story and purchasing these pigs and soon there will be another huge wave of inexpensive, over-bred, under-appreciated pet pigs flooding the market. Immediately after will be the tidal wave that hits the sanctuaries, who are still trying to cope with the potbelly situation. Teacup pigs are already flooding sanctuaries and being sent for slaughter in Great Britain and in the US almost every sanctuary has several. In general, pet pigs are NOT suited for living strictly in a house and these so-called "tea cups" are no different. Very few have the temperament to be confined as many dogs currently are. They need stimulation and should never be crated for hours on end as dogs sometimes are. They need a lot of outdoor access and plenty of attention. They need the companionship of another pig and protection from the family dog. Please do not contribute to more of the same problems confronting unwanted potbellied pigs by purchasing a "Tea Cup" or "Royal Dandie" or "Micro-Mini Pig". The names are misleading and the unsuspecting buyer will likely be very disappointed when the anticipated little pig reaches maturity and weighs in at well over 100 pounds. They are nothing but potnellies and potbellies crossed with larger breeds. True animal/pet lovers will not care about the size, but too many uncaring and irresponsible owners will then discard their pet pigs like last week's trash. Responsible breeders will not perpetuate the myth of micro-mini and tea cup sized pigs and responsible pet owners will not let the actual size of the adult sway them in their ability to love and keep their pet pig.
Piggles, Rosie, Zoe, Zoey and Lucy ($3,000) were all sold as Micro-mini pigs. Some cost $2500 and up, plus air to NY, only to be rehomed when the lies became obvious. sWilbur was starved almost to death in an effort to keep him small. For more truthful information about micro-minis, teacups and other pigs being promoted as very tiny pigs, go to WWW.TEACUPPIG.INFO and GET THE FACTS!
We who are in rescue have no reason to lie about the true size pet pigs will become. The breeders, however, depend on the lies to keep the money coming in. If people do their homework and know the truth, many, if not most will not buy a pet pig. That would put the breeders out of business and they're in it for the money, not the benefit of the pigs.
Check out this video of a baby farm pig. Note how small he is and how large he gets. As a baby, he was almost as small at a "teacup" piglet! Baby size means NOTHING!
Here is an excellent news story written April 3, 2013. It is well written and well worth spending a few minutes to read. http://www.newtimesslo.com/cover/9287/this-little-piggy-was-controversial/
Here is a picture of a starving pregnant pig sold as a Teacup by TeenyTinyPigs. In this photo the starving pig is pregnant and lacking the nutrition required to produce healthy piglets. Her owner was unprepared for the stresses pregnancy would place on her but made corrections after a consult with a vet. This pig has now had a couple of litters and the owner has since made corrections to the pig's diet...updated photo below...which was taken June 25, 2014. It is good to see the pig in better condition. I've always wondered what became of her. So sad she's being bred, as we are flooded with unwanted and abandoned pigs in our sanctuaries, but it is good to see she is in better health.
READ THIS BLOG!!!!! http://thatminipig.edublogs.org/2012/05/...
This owner has learned an expensive lesson after her purchase of a piglet.
And From Terry @Serenity Springs Sanctuary in COLORADO....
READ THE FOLLOWING. SHE IS OUT HER MONEY !!!!!
In August of 2011, I paid over $2700 for a so called miniature piglet from a 'teacup' breeder in Texas. I was told I could hold him, harness train him etc etc. The pig became nippy, always looking for food and i was only able to pick him up with a net. I then contacted Crystal from the Las Vegas pig rescue and also the Ironwood pig sanctuary in Arizona, only to find out there is no such thing as a teacup pig. They are all mini pigs. I previously owned a pot belly pig that lived for almost 20 years, I should have known better. The guy I purchased this so called mini pig from said they are much different than the potbelly pigs, although I have now found out they are the same pig. I purchased this pig from Texas, buyers need to be made aware of these scams. The guy has the pig back now and my $2700. I cannot believe that I fell for such a scam. His contract even read that the piglets are not to gain any weight for the first month in your care for his "size guarantee" to be valid. How is it possible to keep a baby pig from gaining weight, short of starving him? I do hope nobody else gets taken by these criminals and that they realize that these so called mini, teacup, micro mini pigs etc are all potbelly pigs and will grow to be an average of 150lbs., they are only out to make more money! Buyer beware! J.V., California Dec 2011
Miniature Pigs facts!!
Visit Little orphan Hammies'
Best Friends response to TeaCup craze http://youtu.be/qHj3cQkmvsc
PIGS GROW FOR 5 YEARS!!! THE PARENTS THE BREEDERS SHOW OFF ARE USUALLY TWO YEARS OR UNDER AND NOT FULL GROWN THEMSELVES!!! JUST BECAUSE A PRE-TEEN HUMAN CAN DELIVER A CHILD DOES NOT MAKE HER AN ADULT. THE SAME IS TRUE WITH A YOUNG PIG MOTHER. SHE IS NOT FULL GROWN UNTIL 4-5 YEARS!
SCROLL DOWN TO READ COMMENTS and ARTICLES FROM THOSE WHO'VE DISCOVERED THE TRUTH THE HARD WAY!
Check out the following links for more examples of misinformation being given by breeders. There is no end to their lies. Some breeders feel that we, in rescue, are the ones who are lying about the size of these pigs. We have nothing to gain by lying...the breeders make small fortunes by feeding off peoples' ignorance. They will lose easy income if people finally wise up! In the meantime, rescues are seeing an increased influx of discarded Micro-mini/teacup/royal dandie/pocket pigs who outgrew the promised size. In order to keep the piglets small the breeders will tell new owners, who often don't know any better, to feed tiny amounts of feed to the piglet. The result is an unhealthy, starving, ill-tempered/biting animal, not a true micro (or whatever you care to call it) pig.
The link below is about micro Kunekunes, which recently have been promoted. Again,
THERE'S NO SUCH THING !!!!! Kunekunes are LARGER THAN POTBELLIES!!!
ALL PIGLETS ARE TINY TO START!!
The following is a great audio interview by Dr. Valerie Tynes regarding pet pigs. Listen carefully to her very last statements!!!!
Published on Friday 18 March 2011 08:53
FROM A DISAPPOINTED BUYER...in PA
> Do you currently own a pig? : yes
> Are you considering purchasing a teacup pig? : no
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> Comments/Story : I purchased a miniature potbelly pig in January after meeting the breeder, a worker at my daughter's school. It has been a nightmare. The pig is nothing she claimed, and I have endured hundreds in vet bills. The breeder not only won't make it right or apologize, but has blamed me for his problems, which hurts the most. My daughter has come home in tears after being told by her, at school, that the pig "must have gotten into something," implying wrongdoing on our part. She lied from the beginning. My pig is on her website, and judging by the photographs, you'd assume was raised indoors. Nope. Kept in a barn with the other pigs. NONE of her pigs are indoor pets. They are NOT socialized. They are ONLY for breeding. As she does not have custody of her children, the photos shown are from when her children visit every other week. They are not raised with children or indoors. They are not litter box trained. She refused to furnish vet records or even respond as to where the pig was taken. He had a botched neutering surgery, with 6 stitches left in when we purchased him, which were infected. Our vet thinks this surgery was done at home. He has neurological problems, had pneumonia from worms, was starved, and nearly died several weeks ago. It was made perfectly clear to me to give him no more than a very small handful of food twice a day, which is about only 1/4 of what he really needs. He has since recovered, and is growing huge, but healthy. He was not expected to live, but responded to steroid treatment. The breeder ignored my calls & e-mails. He bites and has a bad disposition. Two vets told us he's a bad pig and will not have a long, healthy life. The breeder disagrees, and I refuse to deal with or argue with her. She is selling crossbred, unregistered pigs for $850 and up. It kills me that people like this profit on lies and hurt families and animals. From a pig breeder in Wayne County, PA. Stay away and save yourself the heartache.