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Micro - Pig

I really want two of these wee piggies. I will name one bacon and the other sausage. ;)

The pets, which grow to be just 14in tall, have become so popular that they are now almost impossible to get hold of in Britain.

They have even been 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 enquiries every day," said Jane Croft, 42, who breeds them.
"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 40-65 lb and are around 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 Mrs Croft, who runs Little Pig Farm in Christchurch, Cambridgeshire.

"They don't make much noise, they are easy to lavatory 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 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 the have hair not fur" added Mrs Croft.

"We've had many parents buy pigs for their children who suffer from fur allergies."

The Little Pig farm has been getting 4,000 hits a week and at least 60 emails and 40 phone calls a day from people all over the world, including America, Russia, Spain and even Australia.

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.

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.

She weighed just under 2kg at twelve weeks old and now lives indoors with Mrs 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.

ukmicropigs ukmicropigs 6 years 15 weeks
I love micropigs, they make adorable pets, they are loving, cute and very companonable. They make the perfect pet. If anyone wants any further information has videos and pictures of these lovely animals.
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 6 years 33 weeks
They're absolutely adorable! I always wanted a tiny pink piglet...after watching Charlotte's Web as a child. These still get kind of big...I wish they would stay the size of a tiny dog. :D
jackiered jackiered 6 years 33 weeks
Cat :rotfl: and thanks for the :rotfl:
tiff58 tiff58 6 years 33 weeks
That's awesome, Laura! I think I could go meat free, but I would really miss pork.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years 33 weeks
I rarely eat red meat anymore, and when i do, unless i know where its coming from i seem to get mudbutt.
Merlin713 Merlin713 6 years 33 weeks
We do that with pigs and cows. The meat we get is straight from the animal with no additives. If I eat it from the store now (especially beef) I get really sick. I have gut issues anyway, and I've missed burgers for a long 2 years. Now, I can eat them again. :-D
tiff58 tiff58 6 years 33 weeks
Laura, that is a good deal! I've been wanting to do something like that (buy from a farm) for a while now.
Merlin713 Merlin713 6 years 33 weeks
Got it. :@)
samantha999 samantha999 6 years 33 weeks
cat - don't we all
samantha999 samantha999 6 years 33 weeks
: @ ) :@)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years 33 weeks
I will eat a whole tray of them. and then lie about it.
Merlin713 Merlin713 6 years 33 weeks
I give up. And I don't know where the new smiley page is.
Merlin713 Merlin713 6 years 33 weeks
Merlin713 Merlin713 6 years 33 weeks
Okay, maybe that pig face didn't work. @-)
Merlin713 Merlin713 6 years 33 weeks
CG, I've been trying to make those for dinner now for a week but I keep forgetting to pick up the supplies. :drool: @)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years 33 weeks
Merlin713 Merlin713 6 years 33 weeks
They're super cute! I want that little black one. On another note... My bf and I just went to our buddy's farm to pick up our pig! He was in lots of wrappers labeled 'pork roast' and 'bacon.' Goooood stuff. Buying 100 pounds of pig for about $125 is a damn good deal.
tiff58 tiff58 6 years 33 weeks
Oh, that is nasty CG! Ew! haha
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years 33 weeks
just big enough to wrap in some Mini Croissant dough and pop into the oven.
tiff58 tiff58 6 years 33 weeks
Oh my gosh, they ARE adorable!