Intelligent, affectionate and a pig? No I'm not talking about your last date, I'm talking about what could be your next pet. Today more about Pot Bellied Pigs in this edition of pet pointers. Our Lisa Chelenza has more with Pet Pointers.
Pot belly pigs, Kevin, who is three and a half and Olivia who is two, were both rescued by experienced pig parents Colleen and Wayne Nicholson, a few months ago and have settled in nicely to their new home. At the top of intelligence for animals, pigs are also prized for their personality. Colleen Nicholson tells us why she is a fan.
"Their loyalty, intelligence, emotions, their funniness. The way they sit and think things through but most of all, they seem to like me," said Colleen Nicholson, Pot Belly Pig Owner.
While not a common pet pot belly pigs are becoming more popular but are also being given up as they mature and reach their full size.
A pot belly pig will not stay a 20 pound piglet for long, reaching full maturity at around 3 years old, weighing anywhere from 90 to 200 pounds.
Caring for a pig requires quality food and regular veterinary care but pigs have additional needs and health concerns. Pigs need regular hoof trimming and occasional tusk clipping which many pet parents leave to a vet.
Keeping pigs at a healthy weight can be a challenge but it’s best for their joints and hooves and reduces the chances for diabetes.
Pot Bellied pigs are not for everyone but, if you think they may be right for you, visit a PBP rescue to spend some time and become familiar with them before you take them home.