PotBellied Pets
WGCL Television
August 24, 2001

Minature Pot Bellied Pigs originated in the jungles of Vietnam and China. They were introduced as pets in the United States in the mid-1980's, when they were shipped in small numbers from neighboring Canada. The first Pot-Bellied Pigs to arrive in the States sold for prices as high as $25,000. Marketed as the perfect "companion pet," the pigs were an instant hit in the U.S., selling out in record numbers.

Most Animal Behaviorists agree that Pot-Bellied Pigs require the same amount of training that any other pet needs. Untrained pigs quickly learn to mimic their owners, opening doors and cupboards and rummaging through garbage and food areas. Untrained pigs also learn to demand what they want with a high pitched scream, and it isn't unusual to be woken up at all hours when the pig has a need that wants to be filled.

The good news is that Pot-Bellied Pigs are highly trainable and welcome to challenge to learn new things. Pot-Bellied Pigs can easily and quickly be taught the basics of house training, leash training and many simple tricks.

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