Teacup Piglets

October 8, 2009 by  


Teacup Piglets,Look out! Here come the teacup piglets!  You can bet the latest craze in the UK for pet piglets will catch on here in an American minute.

It’s no joke that pigs are very smart and clean, despite their reputation for wading gleefully in mud.  My first husband was raised on a farm and had a pet peg that was intelligent and friendly. (Unfortunately, said husband had neither of those attributes).

Some contend pigs are smarter than dogs and they don’t bark. They just oink politely. About 14 inches and 65 pounds at full growth, the pink-nosed cuties sell for about $1,100, the price of a prize spaniel and roughly the same size.

Following her appearance on the “Today” show this morning, UK piglet breeder Jane Croft, had already received 500 emails within hours. So why not line up to have your own teacup piglet?

This is no pet to buy on a whim. A lot of homework is required first. Bringing Miss Piggy home could be hazardous to her health if your Labrador smacks his lips thinking she’d be tastier than plain old Purina.

It also concerns me that people will buy piggies instead of adopting perfectly nice dogs or cats sitting in shelters. After seeing the adorable creatures on TV, I’m never going to eat another pork chop.

Joan Lowell Smith’s “Concerning Animals” column appears in the Star-Ledger’s Home & Garden section on Thursdays. Contact her at

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