The Mini-Pig: Man’s New Best Friend

After a nine-year breeding program, a farm in Devon, England has come up with the perfect porcine pet for the family home.

When it comes to pigs, no one can resist the runt of the litter. You could almost be tempted to take a squirmy, pink little piglet home with you to curl up with on the couch while you watch TV. After all, he’s just like a puppy, but without all that messy fur.

Except for the fact that when he grows up, he really grows up: While farm pigs can easily top 1,000 pounds, even the supposedly “miniature” Vietnamese potbellied pig often weighs as much as 250 pounds – probably a little heavy for your lap, don’t you think?

But now there’s a miniature pig that’s no misnomer: After a nine-year breeding program, a farm in Devon, England has come up with the perfect porcine pet for the family home. These little guys are about one-fifth the size of the typical potbellied pig, and are a variant of New Zealand’s rare kune kune breed. They’re small enough that you can let them snuggle with you in bed without kicking out your partner, and they won’t clean your fridge out within seconds like their oversized cousins.

So if you’re in the market for a friendly, intelligent, pint-sized pet, you might think about welcoming a mini-pig into your humble abode. The only downside? You’ll definitely have to give up bacon

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