Vietnamese Pot-Bellied Pig

QUICK FACTS

Scientific Name

Sus scrofa

Species Survival Plan

No

Habitat

Open woodlands near wallows

Predators

Man and large carnivores

Food

Grass, plants, roots, vegetables, insects and grubs

Originally Native To

Vietnam

Height

15 inches

Weight

50 - 200 lb.

Characteristics

Much smaller than a normal pig; black, white or pink; have “pot belly” that hangs down

Gestation Period

114 days

Offspring

4 - 10 piglets

Birth Season

Any month

Lifespan

Wild 10 years
Captivity 15 - 20 years

Social Behavior

Social, prefer to live in herds

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About Vietnamese Pot-Bellied Pig

Pot-bellied pigs are a domestic breed of pig that came from Vietnam in 1985. They are much calmer and much smaller than a farm pig. A pot-bellied pig is usually full grown at three years of age and 50-175 pounds.

Many pigs unfortunately weigh much more than this due to poor diet, overfeeding and lack of exercise. Pigs are very glutinous animals and will eat until they vomit.

Pot-bellied pigs are the smallest breed of pig. Some claim there are micro-mini or teacup pigs, but these are just pot-bellied pigs that are either not full grown yet, malnourished or inbred.

These pigs will either expand significantly when full grown or live a very short life. Even if the outside of the pig stays small, its organs continue to grow to a normal size.

Pot-bellied pigs are exceptionally clean and smart animals. They can be easily trained to use a litter box or to go to the bathroom outside.

They can be trained to do many other things, such as to sit or come when called. Pigs love to be challenged and enjoy learning how to do new things.

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