Potbelly Pigs

In 1985 a breed of swine now most commonly known as Vietnamese Pot-bellied Pigs were imported to the United States from Vietnam. By the 1990s breeders were popping up all over the U.S. promoting these pigs as house pets; a great alternative to the normal cat or dog. Some of these breeders knew what they were doing and told the truth about how these pigs would act when matured, but most of these breeders sold these miniature pigs to unsuspecting customers telling them that the pig would stay fairly small and only weigh between 40 and 50 pounds. Pot-bellied pigs became a huge craze and many people spent thousands of dollars to buy these “pets” from less-than-knowledgeable breeders. Soon the owners found out that these pigs do not stay very small at all, some can become quite territorial, among other problems.

There were actually 4 potbelly breed types that were imported into the United States by Keith Connell, Keith Leavitt and the Esberger family. All lines from different parts of vietnam.

What are Pot-bellied Pigs?

Pot-bellied pigs may look a little similar to the ordinary farm pig, but the difference between them is very substantial. Pot-bellied pigs are relatively short animals (when they reach full maturity between the age of 4 or 5, they stand between 16-20″ tall), with short legs, a straight tail, a normal looking pig face and a large pot belly. The average weight for one of these animals is 130-150 pounds. But overeating (pigs love to eat!) can lead to obesity resulting in a weight well exceeding 200 pounds. The average life span is 10 to 15 years, or possibly a little longer.

When pot-bellied pigs were introduced in the United States, The colors you would see were all black, black with white markings, white and white with undercoat markings or black and white sometimes referred to as the pintos or saddleback marking.

The biggest problem today is so much crossbreeding has been done by various breeders, some crossbreeding for color, some for smaller known now as the miniuature potbelly pig and sadley to say some interbred with larger and heavier breeds of farm pigs causing weights to exceed upwards to well over 300 pounds, but still carrying the typical pot belly traits, so you may want to question yourself ( Do you really have a purebred vietnamese Potbelly Pig) 😮