Pigs as Pets?

In an effort to contrast our first blog post about pigs, this one will be on the lighter side and about domesticated pigs. So, we won’t discuss all of the pig body parts that get consumed on daily basis on this post here. Haha, this one will be about pigs who get domesticated and live inside the homes of normal American families similar to dogs and cats. I was amazed at how many families actually have grown adult pigs living in their homes and backyards across America and they often have more than one!

So, the American pig can be a breakfast, lunch or dinner choice for consumers across the globe. But, there has been a trend to domesticate these animals over the years into common everyday pets. I have seen an episode on dateline, or 20/20 where lots of folks have these animals as pets running around in their living rooms. Surprisingly, despite how dirty they are, pigs are smart animals that pick up on things quickly. A guy I know that owns plumber Roswell, GA has a neighbor with a pig and he has seen it first hand. They can respond to a good deal of commands that normal dogs would respond to such as sit, stay, rollover and many more. They are lovable, have feelings and individual personalities that a lot of dog and cat lovers would be attracted to.

It begs the question though, who would actually want a pig running around their house? Well, you would be surprised, there are thousands of families with pigs staying at their house, and inside the house to boot! Another surprising fact about these pigs and their owners is that they actually prefer having a pig over a dog or a cat! They swear by them and think that since they are so smart, that they see it as more beneficial of having them around the house instead of the normal pets. I guess it is no more weird than people with iguana’s or snakes, or other animals as pets when you really sit and think about it.

Reality is that pets come in all shapes and sizes I guess. Whether it is a pig, dog, cat, iguana, fish or anything else in between, it is still a domesticated pet that someone wants around the house. Heck, some people even have ducks, birds and other random creatures as pets. I remember when I was a kid, I got a hermit crab from the beach and brought it home to Georgia to live in a small aquarium in my room. The freeze/blizzard of 92′ got the best of him though because our power was out for several days. Anyway the point is that pigs are affectionate creatures too. They just need to make sure they don’t end up on the dinner table one day if they live at someone’s house in this country!