Every year puppies are high up on the wish lists that fly off to Santa. But this year Santa might look twice at the hopeful letters as they may not ask for puppies, but piglets – ‘teacup pigs‘ to be precise.
With their eyes like buttons, their cute little socket-looking noses and their tiny corkscrew tails teacup pigs stand good chances to remove the Chihuahua from the top of the most popular miniature pets in no time.
According to Nydailynews.com they have already become the ‘latest trendy pet in England’.
And on the first glance there seems to be nothing wrong with really, really wanting to have a teacup pig around.
Different information about height and weight
But she only sells them in pairs for $ 1,100 each as they bore easily. Also she would only give it to people who have time to play with them all day.
Well, that doesn’t explain why Harry Potter star Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) was able to buy a pair of piglets…
But as cute as they might be, there are warnings being issued about the little fellows from all over the place.
Wikipedia warns that some breeders purposely feed less food to their pigs to make them look smaller. That would delude possible owners about the size these pigs will grow up to.
While Jane Croft claims we’re talking about 12 to 16 inches and a weight of 65 pounds (“a small spaniel“), Wikipedia claims that we’re rather dealing with a full grown oinking Labrador Retriever.
Pig are still farm animals
Even though there are different information about the final height and weight out there, London’s Metro newspaper points out that pigs are still farm animals – by law.
Therefore they are subject to disease control measures and regulations as any other livestock, the Environment Department (Defra) told the Metro.
The British agriculture minister James Paice told people to ‘pop along a petting farm if they want to see mini creatures’. He also said in the Metro interview that he had heard stories of teacup pigs outgrowing their homes.
Anyways, as much as you would love to have one or two of the teacup-tiny pets around, you should probably stick to wishing for a puppy.