Micro mini pigs as pets
Micro mini pigs as pets? Meet Cocco.

Having a micro mini pig as a pet is sometimes an ordeal. And I would know.

First you have to decide how much squealing your eardrums can take. Then you need to decipher what the squealing is about. Is your pig being held? Is he hungry? Is he being cornered or feeling threatened? Or is he just… being… a mini pig?

If you have never heard a mini pig squeal, there is nothing “mini” about it! It’s probably 10 octaves higher than you’d imagine. It is pretty painful to listen to, not only because the pig is so obviously unhappy but also because it does some serious damage to your ears.


Micro Mini Pigs as Pets

When we first got our mini pig, Cocco, we were expecting a teeny tiny bundle of cuddly love. We couldn’t have been more wrong! Not only did he not want to be picked up; he didn’t even want to be touched.

With our two toddlers in the house, we were wondering how we could have picked a worse pet. We were diligent in our research before Cocco came, but nothing could have prepared us for our “problem pig.”

Still, we would not give up on him, even when the breeder offered to take him back and send us a new, more docile and obedient pig. Mini pigs are usually even-tempered and adjust somewhat easily. Not so for our little Cocco, who didn’t fit the advertised easy-going reputation the breeder promised.

Katie and Cocco the pig
That’s me, Katie, with Cocco.

And so the torment — I mean training — began. Slowly, and with earplugs firmly in place, we showed Cocco that he was safe in our laps and up in our arms. The latter was quite the task, but he finally overcame his fear of being picked up and his squealing died down.

It is instinctual for pigs to fight being picked up since the only time they are ever up in the air in the wild is when they are being prepared for dinner. They are prey animals, and their instincts kick in just before their squeal becomes a scream. And a scream it is.

Trust Me, They’re No Dummies

The worst thing you can do to a squealing pet pig is put him down mid-squeal. They are smart little (and big) creatures and are often considered the fourth-smartest animal, after monkeys, dolphins and whales. They use this intelligence against you.

If you concede defeat to a squealing pig, that will only reinforce the squealing behavior. We learned this the hard way with Cocco.

In the beginning, our kids just couldn’t take the screeching anymore, so we’d put him down when they begged us to just “make the pig stop.”  We realized we would have to continue our work after the kids were in bed, preferably as far from their rooms as possible. After a week of unrelenting love and determination, Cocco finally accepted us and fell fast in love thereafter, impatiently waiting each night for alone time to cuddle after the kids were tucked in.

Want to see Cocco eat some frozen yogurt? So cute. Check out the video below:

Enough Love for a Whole Blog

Not all mini pigs require such strenuous conditioning to domesticated life, but most will require some sort of an adjustment period. Pig parents need to be patient and understanding. Even after the pig has made himself at home, the patience must continue as there is always something to learn when it comes to mini pig behavior.

Now that Cocco has truly become the little bundle of love we envisioned, we could not imagine life without our little guy happily snorting all day long. He keeps us on our toes and definitely provides enough entertainment to keep my blog full of the adventures we experience daily with our amusingly mischievous micro mini pig.

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This featured contribution was written by Katie, an animal-loving wife and mom of two who was crazy enough to add a micro mini pet pig to her very busy bunch — which includes rescued Italian cats. If you’d like to see more pictures and videos and read about what trouble Cocco has created this time, please Katie’s blog, myminipetpig.com.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/nikole.fairview Nikole Fairview

    That’s interesting. It looks like the pigs are almost able to learn and be trained like dogs. I mean, I can see why people think that the pigs make cute pets. They are very unique.

    I’m not sure if they would be the pet for me. I really love dogs, so I just don’t know. I’d have to actually be around a mini pig in real life to see if it’s an animal I would like to spend time around. With cats, I like other people’s cats. I don’t really want one of my own unless a sweet, little cuddly one really wanted to be in my life. Never say never, but I’m also pretty allergic to cats, so I just stick with short hair dogs and poodles.

  • Deborah J Austin

    Nooo, no pig for me, I’ll keep my dogs. Not that they aren’t cute, just don’t think I would want one.. :/

  • envy

    PIgs all have different personalities, you cant just say don’t get a pig because ours was like this. That’s like if i said don’t get a cat they make horrible pets mine hates being held and hisses at me every time i try to pet it so don’t buy a cat. I have a pig and he is supper affectionate and calm.

  • Steve Bagwell

    Our pig still screams. We try to hold him and let him know that he is safe but he continues to scream. I was told that allowing him to scream too long will stress him too much. This is going on month 3. I’m sure I’m doing something wrong but I can figure it out.

    • cfd729

      Is it still screaming mine in 5 month old and still wont let me pick him up without screaming. Ive tried extra love and even lets see who the boss is .. lol nothing has changed much. I did have him fixed which made him not hump my furniture any more.

      • Steve Bagwell

        Ours is doing better now. We stopped putting him down as soon as he screamed. Kinda showing him who’s boss. We talked to him kindly, walked around with him so he could look at things and sometimes fed him to calm him down. If he knows he is going to be rewarded for being picked up, he wont mind it so much. Try a couple grapes on the counter. Pick him up and show him the grape. Let him eat it and praise him. Set him down and try it again .He’ll love that. Think of him as a baby and what you would do if a baby was crying and scared. You wouldnt just put a baby down as soon as it starts crying. Just dont let him scream to much and get stressed. The way you hold him is very important also. Just like a child, they can pick up on your emotions so don’t get angry. Wilbur still doesnt like to be picked up but he puts up with it.
        On a side note, I have heard a few differant opinions about when to get a pig fixed. We did ours early to make sure he didn’t start to get all those chemicals running through his body that comes with growing up. You may have a little issue there but there is nothing that can’t be overcome with love and patience .

      • Steve Bagwell

        Check out wilbur on facebook. Wilburtheminipig

  • Samuel Chell

    I’m spending a lot of time reading the books and websites about potbellies before purchase. But besides the whole issue of a pig as a pet, there’s conflicting information on breeders’ sites. Some brag that they take the baby away from the mother early in order to socialize it and make it less wild upon arrival with its new owner. Other breeders proclaim that no potbelly will leave its mother for at least 2 months, which will give the new owner a much better idea of its eventual size as well as assurance of a more well-adjusted piglet. Who am I to believe. Am I better advised to get a 3-week-old baby or a 3-month youngster?

    • Steve Bagwell

      In my opinion, 3 weeks is way to soon. The need mommies milk to grow healthy and strong. As far as being well adjusted, if the breeder handles them often, they will be very well adjusted.

  • Brittany

    I just got a 6 day mini pig… The mom wouldn’t nurse and the family had no idea how to feed it… What’s the best advice? The first day she was so sweet now today she screams if we even have her in our lap

  • Kara Kelly

    I was beginning to wonder if I had the most difficult piggy ever lol. She used to squeal when I picked her up but now she stoped. She now plays roughly with the family boxer dog and she will wake up at 2:30 in the morning squealing as loud as she can. I cant help but to get mad at her because she is set up in my bathroom in my room. Will she stop or will I have to get used to waking up at ungodly hours?

  • Mickey

    Does anyone know …if people w cat and dog allergies, have pig allergies as well?

  • http://batman-news.com janettem8585

    How long did it take for your mini pig to stop squealing? I have had mine for 3 days and am begining to think ‘is she really worth it’ I have been so stressed out. She loves people but hates being touched or picked up. How often do you recommend holding her for? How long after did your pig get used to being pick up?

    • http://www.petsadviser.com/ Pets Adviser

      Did you ever get yours to stop squealing? The amount of time varies by personality, but usually a few days is what we’ve heard. The pig will get into a routine. Just be careful you don’t get “trained” by your pig to feed her when she squeals.