Vietnamese Pot-bellied Pig

Basic Information:

Scientific Name: Sus scrofa scrofa

Habitat: The Vietnamese pot-bellied pig is a domesticated breed of pig native to Vietnam. 

Diet: Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs subside on roots, veggies, nuts, seeds, berries, insects, and even small animals.

Size: 1.1 to 1.8 foot high / 3 feet long

Weight: 105 to 150 pounds

Lifespan: 14 to 21 years

Distribution Map:

I.U.C.N. Conservation Status:

What does this mean?

Not Evaluated –  a category used to include any of the nearly 1.9 million species described by science but not yet assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (I.U.C.N.).

Our Vietnamese Pot-bellied Pigs:

Bacon (Male) – Born September 1, 2017
Piggy Sue (Female) – Born March 13, 2009

About Vietnamese Pot-bellied Pigs:

Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs are a native swine of Southeast Asia (primarily in the Nam Định province of Vietnam) and since the 1980s have been imported into the United States as pets. In the wild, these pigs tend to form herds of considerable numbers. In these herds, the pigs communicate with a large repertoire of sounds including grunts, snorts, squeaks, squeals, and more while using their snouts to forage for food in the dirt. 

Did You Know?!

  • Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs’ skin doesn’t have a lot of hair which makes sun burn very common for them. This is one of the reasons that they wallow in mud when they can: to stay cool and cover their unprotected skin. 
  • Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs do not have a great eyesight, but they make up for that with amazing smell and hearing. In fact, they are capable of smelling food up to 25 feet underground! 

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