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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!
Paradise Piggys has a long history of selective breeding for color, size and disposition and genetics. The original small pigs come from the lines of the potbelly. With all the new hype of mini pigs as pets there's a lot of confusion and misunderstandings surrounding the miniature pig. With new fad terms appearing continually in the internet world we want to help clarify and help you sift through myths and facts!
As a breeder and owner of mini pigs and potbelly pigs for over 20 years, we are able to share the history and help you sort through facts verses myths that have appeared over time.
It all started with the Potbelly Pig and Juliana pig.
Juiana: There is still some confusion as to where the original term and/or Juliana pig comes from. The only established fact is that they were spotted and smaller than hogs (but there is not set information on exact size except they were supposed to be under 100lbs). Now the term Juliana seems to apply to any spotted or red tinted pig with longer snouts, longer legs, lighter body framed.
Potbellies: The history of the Miniature Vietnamese Potbelly is much more clear. They were imported and were a very expensive rare pig in the 80's. These pigs had a classic potbelly, short snout, wider frame. The original ones were small (I can personally vouch for this as a breeder of the original potbellies, some of mine were under 36lbs). Then unscrupulous breeders started crossing potbellies and that is when the scare came. Around the same time more potbellies were imported that were a bit larger and a couple other shipments of potbellies came in that were a bit more distinct in that some had longer fur than others and some longer snouts. The once highly sought after pet pig was now being dumped into rescues and Potbellies were now left with the label as being very large and not a good pet pig and and the market was flooded with cross pigs from breeders who took advantage of the market. During this time the original potbelly pig registry was started (which has since closed down ); but it was a little to late, bad breeders and negative hype caused the Vietnamese Potbelly Pig to loose its reputation. People were then afraid to buy mini pigs. During all this time our farm continued to focus on breeding for a small, healthy, pet pig. Then the term teacup pig appeared on the scene and soon after micros, pixie, and toy, all are simply terms for mini pigs. The reality is these were all just fad names for small pigs varying in size from 20 lbs to 100 lbs.
There is no standard or accountability for these different terms standing on their own. Buyers are left to sift through whose opinion they like the most. The problem with this is there is very little accountability to bloodlines, size and reputable breeders. That is why Paradise Pigs (also know as Paradise Valley Farms) started a registry over 15 years ago. This is simply to help keep breeders accountable to what they are selling and to ensure buyers that they are getting what they are paying for. We highly recommend buying piglets registered with www.miniaturepigregistry.com.
This registry requires vet records on height and size of parent pigs. All pedigree is entered so one can look and tract bloodlines and make sure there is no inbreeding going on. While it is true that very few breeders actually use this registry, it doesn't change my opinion that a registry is vital to the future of the miniature pig.
Right now I am amazed at all the new breeders that have popped up all over. Since people buying the pigs don't seem to be worried about registered pigs, breeders have no reason to register their pig but soon if the amount of piggys going out from unscrupulous breeders doesn't change, there is going to be a influx of pigs again needing homes because there is no accountability to size, health and personality of pigs without them being registered. I would encourage buyers to only buy registered. Even if you do not use the above registry , find a registry that can prove size and pedigree of the piggy you are purchasing.
Here at paradise mini pigs, we do not get caught up into terms, instead on our FOR SALE page you will notice the size of the parents is listed, you can also at any time request pedigree and when you purchase your pig you will receive registered papers that have both parents info on it so there is no confusion as to size and bloodline.
Yes, it is true that pigs will eat as much as you put in front of them so a pig that genetically should only be 35lbs CAN get up to 100lbs and be all fat rolls. This is unhealthy, BUT it is also unhealthy to have a pig that should be nice and round and limit its food so that it is slimmer looking and weighs less. Weight of a pig is NOT the whole story when trying to figure out size of the pig.
We encourage buyers to come look at our pigs here at the farm! Come see for yourself! This is one sure way to know what you are getting. I realize this is not always possible. If not make sure to take a look at pictures of adults and babies. Pictures can be misleading at times as piggys can grow for up to 5 years.
We provide references: Always buy from breeders that provide references and testimonials. This will help ensure that you are buying from a reputable breeder not just someone who is smart with creating a good website.
BEWARE.. It is a new fad to create very nice websites and not be a legit or reputable breeder. Anyone can create a website and many pictures and blurbs are stolen and/ or copy and pasted from other legit breeder pages. I would encourage buying only from an established breeder. One with either a history in selective breeding OR a breeder that invested in registered pigs that have a history in selective breeding
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