by Molly Pooler
Oink Oink! Who’s that chubby little thing? Why, it’s Petunia, the pot bellied pig! Petunia is a Vietnamese Pot Bellied Pig, a small breed of domestic pig originating in Vietnam. In fact, they are the smallest breed of pig. Most look just like Petunia, black in color with short legs and a low hanging belly! While some are raised for meat, Petunia is a pet, just like a dog or cat. She loves her belly rubs, treats, and people!
Did you know that pigs are extremely smart and can be trained? Some pot bellied pigs live in their owner’s house and are litter box trained. Petunia lives outside in her own house and is let out daily to wander, explore the yard with her chicken and duck friends, and use the bathroom, since she does not do so in her own house. Contrary to popular belief, pigs enjoy being clean.
Pot bellied pigs can also be trained to sit and come when called, and enjoy learning new things. One issue with that is, when a pig learns a new behavior (usually bad) it is very difficult to get them to unlearn the behavior and retrain them.
Petunia has been living with us for a little over 7 months now as a rescue pig after she was abandoned with some others by her previous owner. The vet estimated that she is about 4 years old. In captivity, Pot Bellied Pigs typically live to be between 15 and 20 years old, so we hope to have her for many years.
Some people buy baby pot bellied pigs thinking that they are micro or teacup pigs, but what they don’t know is that these don’t actually exist. Micro or teacup pigs are actually just baby pigs that haven’t grown yet, but the breeders don’t tell the buyers so they can sell them. Then the pigs end up growing up to be a lot bigger, usually due to poor diet and lack of exercise. They are supposed to weigh between 50- 175 pounds if their diet is kept in check and they exercise.
Before adopting a pot bellied pig, make sure you do plenty of research and have a suitable home for the animal, they need a lot of attention and care, just like any other pet!
To follow Petunia’s adventures, find her on instagram @petunia_thepig