Micropigs are becoming popular pets

- For micropig owners, having them as pets is a walk in the park.

They do well in strollers, fit into dog clothing and some even let you paint their hooves.

They don't bark, they snort and unlike the popular belief, not all pigs stink or like to roll in the mud.

"They get a bad rap for that," Autumn Heller, a micropig owner, said. "They are one of the cleanest animals. They use a litter box and they get a bath."

Micropigs can be house trained, just like dogs and cats and owners say they can also form bonds.

"They're very social, very loving," Heller said. "She just likes to be held and riding around with me. We go to ball games with my son's team."

Of course, they do like to eat; mainly pig pellets, fruits and vegetables. They live longer, about 15 to 20 years, than most domestic animals.

"I wanted a pig because of their long life spans and I'm pretty allergic to most animals and pigs are hypoallergenic with them having hair and not fur," Tiffani Thomas, another micropig owner, said.

Veterinarians say micropigs require vaccinations and routine maintenance, just like traditional pets. They are prone to obesity and can have sensitive skin, but for the most part, they're good around kids.

"Micropigs are actually amazing pets," Dr. Sarah McLaughlin said. "They're very intelligent animals and pick up things quite easily."

You can even teach a pig to do some tricks.

 

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