This FAQ section offers answers to frequently asked questions, as well as tips and suggestions on caring for your exotic pet.
Pot Bellied Pigs (PBP) are small (125lbs. and under) members of the swine family. They come in a variety of colors and are very social. They have been bred throughout the world and are recent (1980’s) import to the U.S. and Canada. PBP are intelligent, relatively easy to train, and very clean.
Most PBP are house broken. This is usually easy as the PBP is a creature of habit and once is used to its toilet area will make every effort to return to do its business. PBP like some kind of bed to curl up in and often like to burrow (old blankets or towels will allow for this). They need to be kept out of drafts and away from heater vents. Be sure the PBP is not in a high traffic area as they do not like to be disturbed when sleeping or napping. Be sure to PBP proof your house as they are very curious and will investigate and possible ingest anything and everything. For those wishing to provide their PBP outdoor housing be sure that the PBP has shelter from both sun and heat (heatstroke can be fatal), and cold and damp. A well ventilated house out of the direct sun is in order. Provide some fresh hay or stray for the colder weather. PBP are clean and will not soil their den. Provide your PBP with a bathing area (be it indoor bathtub or outdoor pool). PBP love to bath but will often defecate in their bath, so be sure to change the water.
There are several commercially available PBP foods on the market (Brisky Pet Products Pot Bellied Pig Diet). These are formulated for optimal nutrition without causing obesity (a dangerous condition in PBP). Treats and supplements should be limited to no more than 10% of your PBP diet.
The veterinarian is your PBP second best friend (next to you). It is important to find a vet with experience in PBP care. Although PBP are generally healthy there are a few concerns mainly with intestinal disorders. A PBP that is kept on a good commercial diet (like Brisky Pet Products Pot Bellied Pig Diet) and makes regular vet visits should have minimal health related problems.
Spaying or neutering your PBP is important. Unless you plan to breed your pet make sure to have them fixed at a young age. PBP usually get along with other pets, just be sure to supervise them. PBP are good with careful children but again close supervision is important. PBP are easy to train if you are consistent, persistent and appeal to the PBP sense of smell and constant hunger (remember to limit treats to no more than 10% of the PBP diet).