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Going Over The Holiday That Honors & Celebrates Pigs And Discussing Why Pigs Make Such Great Pets

Do you like pigs!? We do too!!! That’s why we are very excited to celebrate National Pig Day on March 1st! Not familiar with National Pig Day? Then you’re in luck because this article will discuss everything you need to know about National Pig Day. Additionally, this article will include why pigs make great pets, why Americans love pigs, and how to observe this wonderful holiday. 

A pig in the mud

A pig in the mud

Why Have A Holiday About Pigs?

National Pig Day is an American holiday that has been around since 1972. It occurs annually on March 1st and it is dedicated to honoring and celebrating pigs. Pigs are a long time domesticated livestock species. Without pigs, we wouldn’t have pork products like bacon, sausage, and pork chops. 

However, pigs have much more to offer than just meat products. Pigs are also quite adorable. They have a unique charm that has captivated the hearts of many people. So much so, that many people have taken pigs as domesticated pets. When properly trained, pigs can even be housebroken and trained to walk with a harness and leash. In short, pigs are wonderful animals that deserve to be celebrated. 

Pig Culture

Pigs play a surprisingly big part of American culture. You can find pigs in almost every form of American culture like movies, tv shows, commercials, books, and plays. Movies like Babe or Okja, shows like Olivia and Porky Pig Show, books like Charlotte’s Web, and plays like The Three Little Pigs are all examples of how we embrace pigs in our culture. 

A pet pig on a leash & harness

A pet pig on a leash & harness

Why Pigs Make Great Pets?

Surprisingly enough, pigs also make for great pets. According to Good Heart Animal Sanctuaries, pigs are very intelligent and affectionate creatures. Similar to dogs, pigs can be trained to walk with a leash and harness. They can also be trained to follow basic commands such as sit, spin, shake hands, and roll over. 

Additionally, you can also train a pig to be housebroken. According to the American Mini Pig Association, pigs can be trained to go potty outside or to use a litter box. However, they do advise you to train your pig at a young age. 

Common Types Of Pet Pigs

While there is no such breed as a “miniature pig”, there are some breeds that are significantly smaller than the average pig. The term “micro pig” is usually a variety of Potbellied pig. The most common types of Potbellied pigs are Royal Dandies and Vietnamese Potbellied. Celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Ariana Grande each own these types of micro pigs.

These micro pigs usually grow no bigger than a medium sized dog. They typically weigh anywhere from 50 to 70 kg. Micro pigs are foragers and will eat insects, roots, bulbs, small rodents, and even reptiles. For a full guide on keeping Potbellied pigs as pets, click here

Pigs in a pen

Pigs in a pen

Observing The Holiday

The best way to observe National Pig Day is to learn more about pigs! Aside from reading this article, we suggest doing some research yourself about pigs. Additionally, you can also visit a local farm or animal sanctuary to see some pigs in person. Feeding, petting, and observing pigs can give you a better understanding about them and what makes them so great. 

Lastly, we suggest volunteering at a pig rescue farm or animal sanctuary that has pigs. For a full list of animal rescues and animal farms in Pennsylvania, click here.

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