Friday, April 22, 2011

Pigs are not "fads" or something to be used just to get attention.

It really bothers me when people buy animals, just because they think its "cool" to have one and are just basically looking for attention and really don't care about the well being of the animal.   Sad to say there are many people like that who will continue to buy from breeders.  This whole mini/micro pig situation is just sad.  Just the fact that Paris Hilton has one should say a lot.  Apparently when she went shopping that week, they didn't have any accessories she liked, so she bought a pig.  

There are many animal lovers who are fooled into thinking that the pigs will stay tiny and then when they grow to be a lot larger than they expected, they end up in Sanctuaries.  I would like to put all the blame on the people who buy these pigs, but I don't think thats the case.  I made the mistake, 12 years ago, of believing the Royal Dandies were tiny pigs.   Until I had pigs, I was never in touch with other pig people so really didn't have any of the information that I do today.  I saw something about them on the web, got excited about it and went ahead and contacted the breeder.   Knowing what I do today, I am really angry with myself for doing that. 

When I buy a new appliance for my home, I research it before I buy, yet I was stupid enough back then not to do that for a living being.   I love my Royal Dandie and it didn't matter how big he grew,  he's 12 now and about 120lbs and I love him as much, if not more, than I did when he was 10lbs.  But it does matter to a lot of people.  Many because they just don't have the space and many because they can't carry around such a large accessory.

I feel badly for the people who genuinely love their pigs but can't keep them.  I have no sympathy whatsoever for those who see them as an accessory or a way to get attention. 

Thankfully, today there are way more resources out there for people to get information.  Back when I bought my Royal Dandie, doing a search basically only showed up pigs for sale.  However, I'm not using that as an excuse for supporting a breeder who lied.  I should have taken more time and contacted other pig people and got the entire story.   I really hope that with all the resources out there today, people will take the time to learn as much as they can.


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  14. Actually "Royal Dandies" are a trademarked name only used by one breeder, and a few people that bought from her stalk.. I have examined this breeders pigs.. They like many breeders are selling Potbelly cross breeds.. That being the case the issue with your pig was that you merely got the wrong breed..

    A true miniature pig would be a purebred Juliana.. I have a few of them.. My 3 girls are about 2 years old, and still the size of a small dog (Just at the bottom of my knee).. and my boy is a bit bigger (top of my knee), but he is also 4 years old.. 14 In high and about the same size and Lb. as a medium size dog..

    So it's not rely mini pigs all together.. Just the fact that there are a lot of breeders in the industry that either

    a.) Haven't done enough research to know what they have.

    b.)Some, like in many other privately owned businesses does have some dishonest people..

    They won't always tell you that it will can be a 14 in high at the shoulder (maximum, the standard is 11-12 in.), but let you think it will be the size of a small / toy size dog it's whole life.. Which is why no one should ever buy a pig without inspecting the parent's in person..

    Some thing's to look at when inspecting the parent's of your piglet are the following..

    1.) Does it have a swayed back.
    And make sure if you are looking at a picture you have a great side shot.. That feature can hide easily sometimes..
    Please also note that Juliana (the breed you are looking for) have a bit of longer hair on their necks.. I trim that on my pigs, but most people don't.. so if you think that may be the case, ask for a back lit side shot.. If it is just hair making them look like they have a swayed back you will see the light threw it a bit.

    2.) Juliana always have at least one spot on them.. So if the pig is one solid color avoid it..

    3.)Potbelly's may tend to have a flatter forehead.. it may remind you of a cave man when you see it, because of the way it sets the brow..

    4.) Juliana have shorter legs..

    5.) Juliana always has a strait tail.. No curl in the tail.. They may do it off and on when they are exited about food or something at some point, but that's about it.

    6.) Juliana have longer snouts..

    7.) Always check the age of the parent's and size so you can do a assessment of your pig's potential size..

    For example...

    At 4 years 14 in is the maximum.. that is as tall as a pure Juliana will ever get..

    Make sure to take a tape measure with you, don't just take someones word for it...

    Which brings me to another, and also my last point. Many breeders "think" they have pure Juliana, but don't so no matter how good it sounds, check these things before purchasing your piglet..