There are several different names floating around for these piggies; Pixies, Wees, Pocket Pigs, Dandies... No matter what a particular breeder decides to call their piggies, you need to know what size class they are in.
We specialize in the micro & teacup size classes & this is how we scale our piggies:
(These are sizes and not considered breeds) For more information on our most popular breeds, check out "Juliani vs Mini Pig".
Micros are the smallest you can get. They range in weight from 25-35lbs as an 18 month old adult and are 12" or under at the shoulder. (Super micros will be on the smaller end of this scale. Usually always under 25lbs and around 10-11" tall at the shoulder).
Tea cups are the next size up and range in weight from 35-55lbs as an 18 month old adult and are 12.5-15" at the shoulder.
Miniatures are between 65-85lbs as an 18 month old adult and are 15.5-18" tall at the shoulder.
Regulars (most of these are pot bellies or pot belly crosses) are over 85lbs as an 18 month old adult and are over 18" tall.
There are several different breeds of micro, teacup & miniature pigs. Some breeders are crossing the breeds & forming their own breed of pig. Ask what percentage their piglets are and of what breed... They should know... Afterall, they are the ones breeding them :).
The different breeds are:
Vietnamese Potbellied Pigs - These miniature pigs represent probably the most popular breed adopted today. They have an appealing appearance and a somewhat docile disposition. They do tend to have a "don't mess with me attitude". Their exaggerated potbellies and swayed backs (a sign of overfeeding in other animals) are completely normal and healthy. Their average height is about 14 inches and their average weight between 50-100 pounds.
Juliani (Painted Miniature) Pig - These little guys are truly diminutive, averaging about 8-13 inches and weighing 10-20 pounds. Unlike the potbellied pig, they have a very gentle disposition. They also love to play with toys.
Guinea Hog (not to be confused with the pygmy hog) - Truly Lilliputian, these miniature pigs weigh in at an average of 20-40 pounds and reach an average height of 14 to 22 inches. They are active, alert and highly intelligent. In contrast to the potbellied miniature pigs, African Pygmies have straight backs. They bond quickly to their humans and love to be close to their favorite people.
Yucatan (Mexican Hairless) Pig - These mini pigs come in both a small and not so small model. The larger breed can run upwards of 200 pounds while the smaller variety averages between 50 and 100 pounds. They grow to 16-24 inches in height.
Ossabaw Island Pig - Averaging 14-20 inches and 25-60 pounds, Ossabaw’s have a fantastic temperament, bond well with humans and are very bright. These guys live up to 25 years so you’re practically adopting a child and raising him through college as much as buying a pet.
Kunekune Pig- a small breed of domestic pig from New Zealand. Kunekunes are hairy, and have a dumpy build and can have wattles hanging from their lower jaw. Colour ranges include black and white, ginger, white, gold, tan and brown. They have a placid, friendly nature and like the other miniature breeds, make wonderful pets.