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Hello, my name is Jill Phillips, and I'm co-owner of Squeals on Wheels, a traveling petting zoo and pony rides. My name is John Phillips. We have horses, miniature horses. We have miniature llamas and alpacas, chickens, ducks. We have bearded dragons. Our website is www.squealsonwheels.us. The first place I recommend starting to find your special little miniature pig is with an adoption, foster or pig rescue society. You can easily find them on the internet. The other option is to look at petfinder.com. You can put in your zip code and find miniature pig rescues or those for adoption or even fostering on petfinder.com. So that's an excellent place to start. There's also many breeders of miniature or teacup pigs and there are a variety of breeds such as the Juliana the painted pig, the Vietnamese miniature pot bellied pig, and also another breed that was almost extinct but saved called Kunekune. If you go to a miniature pig breeder, it is important that you see the size of the parents of the little miniature pig that you might be buying. There are no national standards or any type of standardized term for the size of miniature pigs. So you will find pigs that are called teacup or micro-mini or extreme micro-mini or ultra micro-mini and all of these terms can really define one size or another. It could be 15 pounds, it could be 15 inches tall. So the best thing to do is do a lot of research on the on your miniature pig. It is a big decision to add a new pet to a family, and it's optimal to see the size of the parents the boar and the sow of the miniature pig and that will give you a very good indication of how large or small your little miniature pig will be.