Teacup Pigs: The latest pet craze in England

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In England there is a pet that has become a sensation. I’m talking about those miniature pot-belly pigs also known as tea cup pigs.

Teacup pigs, which are also called micropigs, are a mixture of those potbellied pigs with the Tamworth, Kune Kune and Gloucester Old Spot breeds.

Obviously, their name comes from their size. These cute tiny pigs weigh about 9 oz at birth and are the size of a teacup. After 2 years, the teacup pigs are already full grown, which can grow up to 12 to 16 inches and weigh about 65 pounds.

“It’s about the size of a small spaniel,” said 42-year-old teacup pig breeder Jane Croft. “They make fantastic pets. They’re really clean. They’re highly intelligent and just love to be loved. They give so much back to you.”

Reports say that celebrities have discovered these pigs and made them pets. Earlier this year, Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley in “Harry Potter” movie, owns 2 teacup pigs.

You can have your own piggy for £700 but Croft said you have to pass a strict criteria to take home a pair.

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  1. I guess after the exotic pet craze during the 1960's and 1970's, and the subsequent bans, you begin to run out of ideas. The whole mini-dog thing has been played to death! Cute, I suppose, but don't know who really would want one. Still, it is rather interesting!

  2. I guess after the exotic pet craze during the 1960's and 1970's, and the subsequent bans, you begin to run out of ideas. The whole mini-dog thing has been played to death! Cute, I suppose, but don't know who really would want one. Still, it is rather interesting!