Teacup pigs have come a long way since they were bred exclusively for medical research and used in laboratories. It has been an astounding journey from animal testing to being loved and adored as a pet. The growing trend of these micro pigs being kept as pets has affected the rich and famous too. Celebrities like Paris Hilton, David Beckham and Rupert Grint all are proud owners of teacup pigs. They are coveted for their small size and cuteness. They are very friendly and adjust to humans very well. They are also popular as owning them has become a status symbol.
Teacup pigs can cost anywhere from $1000 to $4600. They are truly a prized possession. They are intelligent and adorable and very clean. If taken care of properly, they can live for about 20 years. Teacup pigs remain small even when they are fully grown at 2 years of age. Once they have become comfortable with you, they can manipulate you also into feeding them since they are big eaters. They do not know when to stop eating so their food portions have to be strictly controlled. People increasingly prefer teacup pigs over dogs and cats as they do not have fur, only hair which does not fall off. So there is no problem of dander or related health issues like allergies. They do not bark and they are not prone to attacks of fleas. They are generally healthy and do not carry or pass on diseases.
Teacup pigs are intelligent and can easily be trained. They are indoor pets but it is necessary to give them a corner outside for their toilet purposes. Pigs like to root in the soil with their snouts. So it is a good idea to give them a special area for this purpose, otherwise they may start digging in your well maintained garden. They are not able to handle extremes in temperature and so should be made comfortable inside the house.