DO YOU WANT TO OWN A POTBELLIED PIG?
So you are considering adding a pig to your family. Owning a pig can either be the beginning of a wonderful love affair, or the beginning of overwhelming responsibility for which you are not prepared. Since this will be a long term relationship, you should ask yourself a few serious questions to determine if you are ready to become a potbellied pig owner. Be sure and answer the following questions honestly so both you and the pig have the future you deserve:
• Have I done enough research and do I have enough information about the pig’s temperament, size, training methods, daily care, and health care to know if a pig is right for me?
• Can I afford to take good care of my pig?
• Do I have time to properly train my pig?
• Will a pig fit into my lifestyle and my home?
Is A Potbellied Pig Right For You?
Are you confused about how to select a pig?
You should do some homework to make sure that you select the right pig for you and your family. The North American Potbellied Pig Association can help you begin your research with a description of the potbellied pig as a pet with a Certified Breeder List. For extended research, there are several books available which give more details about pigs. As you research the pig, always be honest with yourself. Think about your community. Does Your community have restrictions concerning the potbellied pigs? Think about your home. Do you have the proper environment required to adequately care for a potbelly? Analyze your lifestyle, locations, and the physical characteristics of your and grounds. Are you gone a lot? Who will watch your pig? Does your pig have a space to call her own in both your yard and home? Do you have the time necessary to properly train your pig? These are crucial questions regarding the safety of your pig and being a responsible neighbor. Remember it is OK to change your mind about owning a potbellied pig Before You Buy A Pig..
A Big Responsibility
Be sure and talk to breeders, go visit a sanctuary, and other pet owners. Ask lots of questions. Remember that there are no stupid questions. Conscientious breeders/ sanctuaries will eagerly answer your questions and share their experience and knowledge with you.
Choosing A Breeder/Sanctuary
Only buy a piglet from a responsible breeder or sanctuary. The risk is too great to your family to deal with breeders who are in question. Responsible breeder is concerned with the betterment of the breed. They work hard to breed only healthy, happy piglets, both mentally and physically. Sanctuaries also offer happy healthy piglets and pigs. After you have chosen where you are going to get your pig, screen them carefully. Visit the place so you can see what they have to offer. Notice how the pigs interact. Do the breeder/ sanctuary’s pigs act friendly to them, or do they shy away? Realize the responsible individual will be screening you also, as she looks for the best possible home for her piglets/pigs.
How Much Does A Pig Cost?
This is not the time to hunt for a bargain. Your new pig will be a member of your family for up to fifteen years, so you certainly will want to make a wise investment. Realize breeders/ sanctuaries have individual pricing policies. Generally breeders who are dedicated to producing pigs of excellent quality and who properly care for all their pigs can demand a higher price. Remember you get what you pay for. Getting a pig that is registered, vaccinated, socialized and properly cared for you will be paying a higher price. Finding a reputable breeder/ sanctuary will be worth the money you pay for a pig.
Can You Afford A Piglet?
The purchase price of your pig is not the only cost you have to consider. The piglet you take into your family will need proper care: food, health care (vaccinations, worming , tusk and hoof trimmings), and of course your piglet should be spayed or neutered. You will need to provide a bed, harness, leash, and bowls. After establishing the cost of properly caring for a pig in your area and evaluating your budget, ask yourself if you really can afford a potbellied pig.
After answering these questions and after educating yourself about potbellied pigs, you are ready to decide if a pig is the right pet for your family. There is no doubt that there is nothing cuter than a pot bellied pig, but remember it is also a huge responsibility.