Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Royal Dandy, Royal Dandies
I want to share my personal experience regarding Royal Dandies, which were the mini pig fad before they invented the names micro mini, teacup, etc. Fully grown they were supposed to be anywhere between 15lbs-25lbs. Almost 13 years ago before I knew better I bought a Royal Dandy pig. The breeder had sent me pictures of him standing next to a can of coke and he was so tiny. The breeder had told me he needed to be on a particular diet and she would send some with him and gave me a link where I could purchase it. He arrived and he was tiny. I picked him up at the airport and he arrived in a small cat crate and when I looked in it I panicked because I thought it was empty because he was curled up in the back of it. I just fell in love with him but in the first few days he just didnt seem to be eating right and didnt look good. So I took him to my vet and he asked me what I was feeding him so I told him what the breeder had told me to feed him and he informed me that it was basically a starvation diet to keep him small. That just sickened me. So I started giving him regular pot bellied pig food and within a month he started to look better, be more active and was a happy piggy. At the time I purchased him I had got the names of a few other people who had purchased from the breeder and contacted them and mentioned to them about the diet, but most of them didn't really care, they wanted a small pig even if it meant an unhealthy, unhappy pig. Their pigs all died within the first two years. I'm happy to say that I have a very happy and healthy "Royal Dandie" who will be 13 years old on August 2nd, who weighs somewhere around 120 - 130lbs.