By: Tlon Uqbar
Last night as I was looking at my pets run around and play with each other I began to wonder, do pigs make good pets?
There are a lot of resources available online and most of them will agree that pigs make great pets! The thing is, though, there are certain things you need to consider before buying one. On the positive side, they are affectionate, fun, and it’s not a big deal to raise one! On the other hand, they have certain issues - they are not made for apartments, their manure smells awful (even though pigs don’t smell at all!) and they might have territorial issues with dogs.
All in all, a pet pig sounds great, but you need to think it over before you adopt one.
What do you mean? The right question would be: why wouldn’t anyone get a pig? They are so cute! They have that weird-shaped nose and a cute curly tail. They are incredibly friendly and will bond with their human owner almost overnight! They are as loyal as they come!
I’m not going to lie to you, you know, there are certain downsides to adopting a pig. So, yeah, they look incredibly cute and they are incredibly social, but they can be moody dudes too. Pigs can get extremely territorial from time to time, like a grumpy old man. And if you don’t neuter them, whether they are male or female, they will get aggressive on a schedule (every 3 weeks) - that’s not what you want from a pet!
Then again, they are easy-going, like to get belly rubs and make cute sounds when they are happy. You have to weigh the good and the bad, you know? Let’s be honest here, a pet pig isn’t for everyone - but if it’s for you, you’ll be golden.
Alright, alright, enough rambling! To answer the question, anyone who is looking for a loyal companion, a cute friend, and a one-of-a-kind pet, that’s who would get a pig.
I mean… kind of. I guess it is. Look, you could say a pig is like a pet dog - but truth be told, there are thousands of differences between each other. What’s more, sometimes pigs and dogs act like cats and dogs! A territorial pig and a territorial dog are not bound to get along nor like each other. But you should only care about that if you already have a dog!
Let’s deal with the similarities first. They both are cute, sociable, will do tricks for treats, like belly rubs, and they definitely love to go outside. You can take hundreds of cute pictures with either one by your side (which is great for social media). And I can bet my house that they both will eat whatever falls from your plate.
Now, let’s take a look at column number two. How are they different from each other? Well, there are big differences - and when I say big, I’m not talking in metaphors here. Pigs will get big, huge even. Dogs have a ballpark weight they will most likely fall in. Pig size, on the other hand, is anyone’s guess. A pig can go from 30 to 300 lbs. - and beyond! More likely than not, your pet pig will get bigger than your average dog, so keep that in mind.
Small dog breeds can live comfortably in an apartment. Pigs cannot - they need to go outside every day, even if it’s not time to go for a walk. Speaking of walks, you can probably stand the smell of dog poop - you won’t be able to tolerate pig poop for much longer, it stinks! Which is kind of ironic, because pigs do not smell at all - because they do not sweat.
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