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Spong
07-10-09, 05:05
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With their wrinkled little snouts, tiny trotters and oversized ears, they are irresistibly cute. But while these micro pigs may be minuscule, their price tag is anything but. In exchange for up to 700, owners take home a pet which weighs just 9oz at birth and is the size of a tea cup.

Two years later the pigs are fully grown - but still only weigh up to 65lb and stand at around 14in tall. Unlike popular myth, the pigs are exceedingly clean and enjoy the company of people. The adorable animals, which grow to just 14in tall, are being snapped up by celebrities, including Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley.

‘Demand for micro pigs is soaring and we are inundated with inquiries every day,' says Jane Croft, 42, who has given up her job to breed them full time. ‘It's amazing how popular they have suddenly become and just how many people want pigs as pets.’

Micro pigs are much smaller than a standard farm pig and weigh 9oz, about the size of a tea cup when they are born. At two years old they are fully grown and weigh in around 40-65lb and are about knee height at 12-16in tall. They can live for up to 18 years, but make popular pets as they are low maintenance, quiet and surprisingly clean.

‘Micro pigs make fantastic pets as they are very low maintenance. You don't have to take them for walks and they have very few health issues,’ said Miss Croft.

‘They don't make much noise, they are easy to toilet train and once they have bonded with you they are very loving. They are actually very clean and never mess in their bedding and are just so adorable. They are also highly intelligent and are the fourth most intelligent species after man, monkey and dolphin. They really are the perfect pets, I don't know why people haven't thought of them before.’

Micro pigs, which grow no bigger than a Labrador, are also good alternative pets for people with allergies.

‘Lots of people are allergic to cats and dogs but you can't get allergies from pigs as their skin is very similar to ours, and they have hair not fur,’ Miss Croft. ‘We've had many parents buy pigs for their children who suffer from fur allergies,’ Miss Croft set up her micro pig breeding business five months ago at Little Pig Farm in Christchurch, Cambs.

She currently has 50 micro pigs, have been working 14 hours a day, seven days a week to keep up with demand. Her company website has been getting 4,000 hits a week and she gets at least 60 emails and 40 phone calls a day from people all over the world, including America, Russia, Spain and even Australia.

‘I have always adored pigs and I love the famous Winston Churchill quote about a pig being man's equal. I have been breeding pigs on and off as a hobby for 15 years,’ said Miss Croft. 'I saw some micro pigs on television and fell in love with them. They have become so popular as pets they were impossible to get hold of so I began breeding them myself. I spent months researching and finding suitable pigs and now at last I am able to do my dream job full-time.’

The pigs are crosses of Miniature Pot Bellied pigs with Tamworths, Kune Kunes and Gloucester Old Spots to create their tiny, colourful Micro Pigs, which are sold for between 195 and 700. They enjoy good food, lots of toys and even have Classic FM piped to their bedrooms. The size of the piglets get smaller with every litter with Peanut the piglet believed to be one of the tiniest adult pigs in Europe. The little pig, who weighed just under 2kg at 12 weeks old, now lives indoors with Miss Croft as a companion to her dog and sleeps on the sofa. At 13 months she has almost stopped growing and is just 12 inches tall.

‘They really are fantastic fun, highly sociable and make amazing pets,’ said Miss Croft. 'They will sit on your lap while you watch TV so you can scratch their belly. They will even talk to you and have you giggling for hours.'

Source (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1218472/The-700-teacup-sized-pigs-latest-celebrity-pet.html)

If they weren't so damned expensive I'd be saying nothing but "awwwwww" :p

TR love
07-10-09, 05:09
Oh my god they are adorable!!!

Draco
07-10-09, 05:17
I like pigs. Cats look down on you, dogs look up to you, but pigs treat you as an equal.

patriots88888
07-10-09, 05:23
I like pigs. Cats look down on you, dogs look up to you, but pigs treat you as an equal.

Say what? :p
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SamReeves
07-10-09, 06:00
LOL. Reminds me of the Beverly Hillbillies!

Mad Tony
07-10-09, 06:22
Urgh, they don't even look cute at all to me. :p

TRenTIs
07-10-09, 06:29
They are unbelievably cute. :p

disneyprincess20
07-10-09, 08:22
I really want these mini-pigs. My mother kept pigs as a child and said they made lovely pets. I'd love to have a couple to trot around the garden and the house!

Carbonek_0051
07-10-09, 08:31
I want one.:(

Rivendell
07-10-09, 08:32
I've wanted one for years. Vowed to get one, one day. :) Can't wait!

disneyprincess20
07-10-09, 08:34
I've wanted one for years. Vowed to get one, one day. :) Can't wait!

From most places, you have to buy them in pairs. They're very sociable animals.

Carbonek_0051
07-10-09, 08:34
I've wanted one for years. Vowed to get one for Nate, one day. :) Can't wait!

:hug:LMAO ;D

Rivendell
07-10-09, 08:40
^ :vlol:

@dp - .. I'd love that! :D

john_york
07-10-09, 08:40
:eek: How bloody cute?!!

Need. Minipig. Now.

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiv, I knows what I wants for Christmas! Theresagoodlad :)

Rivendell
07-10-09, 08:41
Pfft, oh all right then. I'll see what I can do..

john_york
07-10-09, 08:44
Pfft, oh all right then. I'll see what I can do..

Don't forget Nate, too. We don't want him feeling left out. Best get working, boyo!

Carbonek_0051
07-10-09, 08:46
^What he said.:)

KthnxalotChris!;)

xXhayleyroxXx
07-10-09, 10:46
i would love them :p no really i would hehe

Lemmie
07-10-09, 11:08
Dawwww!

I've never thought about keeping a pig, but one that you could fit in a rucksack...that would be totally cute. A pig in a papoose! :D

msalpha2omega
07-10-09, 12:32
Aaaaaaaw! So cute!!

LightningRider
07-10-09, 12:37
Awww, They're so cute!

I want one, but sadly, I don't think my parent's would allow. :(

TRfan23
07-10-09, 12:39
Cute but still doesn't persuade me from loving cats :)

1upMushroom
07-10-09, 12:42
Nah, not my type of cute. Piggies look rather ugly in my eyes.

I want a pygmy elephant. They are impossibly cute! :D

Spong
07-10-09, 12:43
Awww, They're so cute!

I want one, but sadly, I don't think my parent's would allow. :(

I'm sure they wouldn't mind paying a few hundred [insert local currency here] to get you one :D
Mind you, it'd probably be dead by the time it got shipped to you in a box :(

Cute but still doesn't persuade me from loving cats :)

Cat's have been officially knocked off the top of the list. I took a vote earlier. Micro pigs FTW!

Rivendell
07-10-09, 12:46
This picture... :hug:

http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/8260/micropigs1496913c.jpg

So so so cute!

TR love
07-10-09, 12:47
I wonder if i can puppy face my parents into buying me one...but it didnt work with a goat so it wont work with a pig.

..Not unless i smuggle one in...:D

1upMushroom
07-10-09, 12:48
This picture... :hug:

http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/8260/micropigs1496913c.jpg

So so so cute!

Oh my gawsh, no! Ugly little runts!

msalpha2omega
07-10-09, 12:49
I know that whatever I do, this won't happen! I live in an apartment.... I mean, can you imagine piggies in an apartment? O_o

Rivendell
07-10-09, 12:54
Oh my gawsh, no! Ugly little runts!

Beautiful little critters! All soft and pink, with their sweet little ears and tiny feet, scrunched up noses and dark eyes!
:hug: GAH! I want one! Seriously, how could anyone resist?!

8wic_MjEyBM

:D

Spong
07-10-09, 13:01
8wic_MjEyBM

:D

I think I just died from cute-related trauma. Look at the way he follows the guy around the house. And the way he was running along the path with the woman. It sure put that cat in its place :D. And that pic of and sleeping at the end was just too much >.<

Awwwwwwwwwww :p

Joely-Moley
07-10-09, 13:04
I've been wanting a pig for years! I think they are just so damn cute. :D

1upMushroom
07-10-09, 13:11
Pygmy elephant:
http://kilo.naurunappula.com/nn/0/135/661/314492.jpg

Siberian Husky:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3650/3321881513_a241968d6d.jpg

Panda:
http://z.about.com/d/dc/1/0/s/5/Tai-dec2205.jpg

Kitty:
http://www.funnycatpix.com/_pics/laughing_kitten.jpg

These epitomize cuteness, pigs do not.

msalpha2omega
07-10-09, 13:11
8wic_MjEyBM

:D

:hug:*drops dead by unbearable cuteness* R.I.P.

Your_Envy*
07-10-09, 13:22
They are cute, but I wouldn't have them as my pet. :)

Shark_Blade
07-10-09, 13:30
Well, it's good to have pigs as spare meat if you're running low during breakfast. :ton:

1upMushroom
07-10-09, 13:44
Well, it's good to have pigs as spare meat if you're running low during breakfast. :ton:

I am glad someone agrees with me!

Piggy is not pet. Piggy is food.

Rivendell
07-10-09, 13:47
Don't see why it can't work both ways - some people consider dogs to be food and not pets. ;)

Mad Tony
07-10-09, 13:48
Don't see why it can't work both ways - some people consider dogs to be food and not pets. ;)At least some dogs are actually cute! :vlol: :p

TR love
07-10-09, 13:52
@ RIV: Ohhh you tell 'em :ohn:

Rivendell
07-10-09, 13:52
Would actually be interesting to know the ratio of Meat-Eaters and Vegetarians vs the 'They're cute' / 'They're ugly'.

Might be an interesting thing to find out!

TR love
07-10-09, 13:55
frankly, i dont see the need to get in everyone grill because they think something is cute and someone else doesn't. But meh

Joely-Moley
07-10-09, 13:56
I am glad someone agrees with me!

Piggy is not pet. Piggy is food.

Piggy is friend, not food. :mad:


:p

john_york
07-10-09, 14:18
I'm a proper carnivore and I think they're unbelievably cute!

(lol- was going to write 'edibly' cute and realised just in time how inappropriate that would have been! :vlol:)

xXhayleyroxXx
07-10-09, 16:16
Piggy is friend, not food. :mad:


:p

i actually think like that hence my vegetarianism :ton:
i wuvs these piggys xx

Joely-Moley
07-10-09, 16:26
i actually think like that hence my vegetarianism :ton:
i wuvs these piggys xx

Me too, but I don't care if anyone else thinks like that. It's their choice. :p

I really want one.

Minty Mouth
07-10-09, 16:30
They're like, crazy cute, but I still love pork....

xXhayleyroxXx
07-10-09, 16:31
Me too, but I don't care if anyone else thinks like that. It's their choice. :p

I really want one.

same to both things you said :) xxx

Sir Croft
07-10-09, 16:54
They're really cute, but I'm sticking to dogs :p

Phlip
07-10-09, 17:04
They're so sweet! :( :D :) Would one use a litterbox or cat/dogflap? And what would you feed them?

young Lara Croft
07-10-09, 17:05
very cute :) but I'd prefer a pet snail :cln: :p

coolaideonfire
07-10-09, 17:07
I love pigs! I'd definitely home one if I had the finances for keeping it.

xXhayleyroxXx
07-10-09, 17:14
I love pigs! I'd definitely home one if I had the finances for keeping it.

i know they are expensive XD glad you like ickle pigs, they're so intelligent :hug:

LaraCroftRox
07-10-09, 17:37
Is it freakish that I don't find them the least bit cute?

Kelly Craftman
07-10-09, 17:38
^ YES! :ohn:

they're are so cuteeeeeee!!!! i want one but when they get older their huge!!!

jackles
07-10-09, 17:45
*squeals like a six year old girl...not like a six inch piglet*

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I chuckled at the mention of Miss Croft in the article....keep reading it a la Keeley's voice!

xXhayleyroxXx
07-10-09, 17:59
*squeals like a six year old girl...not like a six inch piglet*

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I chuckled at the mention of Miss Croft in the article....keep reading it a la Keeley's voice!

haha omg same at the miss croft bit :ton:

violentblossom
07-10-09, 18:18
George Clooney had one.

Dina_Croft
07-10-09, 18:20
Damn,Like London wasn't smelling like crap already..:rolleyes:

Bernkastel
07-10-09, 18:23
I've been chased by pigs..
Now, I hate them with a passion. :p

miss.haggard
07-10-09, 18:35
Meh, cute, but Id rather have the cat... and some fresh bacon... :mis:

Encore
07-10-09, 18:36
I hate when pets become "fashionable". That's not what they are suposed to be. If people see them as a "trend" you know what that means: we'll have more pigs appearing abandoned on the street once they become "bored" of their trendy pet.

woody543
07-10-09, 19:44
I'll stick with my cats....

Anybody volunteer to get me a kitten?

Hairhelmet12
07-10-09, 20:16
So, wait, do thay stay that size? or grow?

Nannonxyay
07-10-09, 20:18
Damn,Like London wasn't smelling like crap already..:rolleyes:

Ahem. What is wrong with London? Are you implying that the whole of London is some slum? Because it's not. There are some wonderful places in London.

xXhayleyroxXx
07-10-09, 20:22
I hate when pets become "fashionable". That's not what they are suposed to be. If people see them as a "trend" you know what that means: we'll have more pigs appearing abandoned on the street once they become "bored" of their trendy pet.

thats very true. also these pigs were bred to be trendy which sucks

they are beuatiful though and i would have some

EDIT: ^^ I've been to London and it was an amazing experience :)

Hairhelmet12
07-10-09, 20:23
Ahem. What is wrong with London? Are you implying that the whole of London is some slum? Because it's not. There are some wonderful places in London.

I dont think he/she ment it seriously, he/she was joking.

:vlol:

Tommy123
07-10-09, 20:37
awww those are cute! so do micro pigs pretty much just stay like little size forever?

Lara Croft!
07-10-09, 21:00
These piglets are so cute!!!

Tonyrobinson
07-10-09, 21:17
They have hair not fur...

They also carry the H1N1 Flu virus :p

Edit: As long as it doesn't catch on to Northern Ireland where I live I smell crap all the time too :p

aurora89
07-10-09, 21:40
*squeals like a six year old girl...not like a six inch piglet*

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I chuckled at the mention of Miss Croft in the article....keep reading it a la Keeley's voice!

Haha! Glad I wasn't the only one incredibly amused by that. :p

In other news: PIGGY!!!! WANT!!!! omg, that is one of the cutest things I've ever seen in my entire freaking life. TINY BABY PIGGY!!!!!!!!!