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What Is a Teacup Pig?

Learn what a teacup pig is from the animal experts at traveling petting zoo Squeals on Wheels in this Howcast video.


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

When piglets from small parents are born, they can honestly fit into a teacup. Some of the little baby piggies are only 3 to 5 ounces big. That's where the term teacup originated. Obviously, none of the pigs stay that size. And there's no standardization or agreed upon terms for all the different varieties of words that are used to discuss miniature pig breeds.

There's mini pigs, ultra-mini pigs, teacup pigs, dandies, ultra-extreme miniature pigs, micro-mini pigs, extreme micro-mini pigs, there's so many different terms. You really have to do your research. When somebody is selling a teacup pig, you really have to find out what does that mean.

It's not always best to buy them long distance and have them flown in. For example, our daughter, quite a few years ago, bought our first miniature pig, and we had it flown in from South Carolina. And the lady said, "Oh, it's not going to be any bigger than 25 pounds." Within about two years it was over 100 pounds. So, Mr. Benny definitely was not a small miniature pig.

Miniature pigs are a delightful animal. They are the third most intelligent animal behind the dolphin family and the primate family, monkeys and chimpanzees. Pigs are incredibly smart. You can train them to do almost anything. They're very food-oriented.

But please, the most important thing, try and see the size of the parents and that will give you a very good indication of how big your little piggy is going to get.

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