Potbellied Pigs

(Sus scrofa domesticus)


In 1985 a breed of swine now most commonly known as Vietnamese Pot-bellied Pigs were imported to the United States from Vietnam. There were 4 potbelly breed types that were imported into the United States by Keith Connell, Keith Leavitt and the Esberger family. All lines from different parts of Vietnam.  By the 1990s breeders were popping up all over the U.S. promoting these pigs as house pets; a great alternative to the normal cat or dog. All lines from different parts of Vietnam.

Pot-bellied pigs may look a little like the ordinary farm pig, but the difference between them is very substantial. Pot-bellied pigs are relatively short animals (when they reach full maturity between the age of 4 or 5, they stand between 16-20″ tall), with short legs, a straight tail, a normal looking pig face and a large pot belly. The average weight for one of these animals is 130-150 pounds. But overeating (pigs love to eat!) can lead to obesity resulting in a weight well exceeding 200 pounds. The average life span is 10 to 15 years, or possibly a little longer.

When pot-bellied pigs were introduced in the United States, the colors you would see were all black, black with white markings, white and white with undercoat markings or black and white sometimes referred to as the pintos or saddleback marking.


Information collected from http://pigfacts.minipigfarm.com/potbelly-pigs/

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