How Much Is a Teacup Pig?

Thanks to social media outlets, celebrity pet pig parents, and countless TV shows and movies, micro-pigs have exploded in popularity over the last several years. Otherwise known as teacup or Juliana pigs, these little four-legged pets are not only roaming farms but living in homes now, too.

For some families, they’re the perfect pet ! Owning a pig, however, is entirely different than owning a cat or a dog.

New pig owners are often surprised to learn how much work and money pig ownership truly requires. Unfortunately, many people who purchase “teacup” pigs are not prepared for them to grow into full-sized adolescents and adults. When the pigs grow too large, develop health problems, or display destructive behavior, they’re often surrendered to shelters or simply abandoned.

The bottom line? If you’re considering purchasing a pig, ensure you have plenty of space, plenty of patience, and the budget to keep him or her happy and healthy.

Do teacup pigs stay small?

Teacup piglets — also called minipigs, micropigs and micro-mini-pigs — are small and adorable when young. However cute they are, they do not stay small when mature.

How long does a teacup pig live?

Teacup Pigs Live a Long Time. Teacup pigs can be wonderful companions to have around, especially since they have a surprisingly long lifespan. Your teacup pig has a life expectancy that is between 16 to 20 years. For such a small creature, this is a very long life!

How big can a teacup pig get?

Yes, smaller potbellied pigs do exist. But “smaller” is still about 90 pounds, and the vast majority of so-called teacup pigs actually grow to between 100 and 200 pounds.

Do teacup pigs stink?

Pigs are generally clean animals and odorless because they don’t sweat. Their bodies are clean but their snouts are always covered in mud, leaves, or yogurt.

Teacup pigs (also sometimes sold as micro pigs, pocket pigs and Juliana pigs) are a marketing scam reaching back at least two decades, if not more. It works like this: Breeders put up listings for teacup pigs, promising to sell petite porkers a pig thatll stay permanently tiny. Buyers then pay anywhere from $750 to over $3,500 for their teacup pig. The buyer then watches as that tiny pig becomes a larger adolescent pig, then a very large, very non-teacup-sized hog. (Check out the Southern California Association for Miniature Potbellied Pigs for some eye-opening before-and-after shots of how gigantic a teacup pig can get.)

One site promises to sell potential buyers Super Micro Nano Teacup Pig~ 12 LBS and up (very rare). The problem, says Kim-Han, is that thats impossible to guarantee a pig that small. If you thought you were buying a purse-sized Chihuahua and it turned out you had a German Shepherd and you live in an apartment, I dont blame you [for wanting to give up your pig], says Kim-Han.