Meet Finland Smalls

Long time, no read! You may have noticed a lack of new posts recently. The last two months have been hectic with money being tight and splitting time between my thesis, two jobs and my new fur-baby. I’m slowly starting to set aside more time to blog and I wanted to introduce Finland Smalls to the world.

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I’ve been obsessed with pigs my entire life, my friends and family members can attest to that. Since I own my own home and have a decent sized yard I decided to start the pig adoption process last summer. A lot of research went into choosing the right breeder since many people try to pass off baby pot-bellied pigs as teacup, micro, nano or mini pigs.* I chose to get Smalls from Oink, Oink, Mini Pigs! in Florida which is the same breeder that @Prissy_Pig came from. I loved how open they were about the adoption process and all of the information they gave us prior to Smalls coming home. I had done a lot of independent research on mini-pig care but they sent us an entire manual with tips and suggestions.

Smalls was born on February 1st and arrived home on April 3. When we first got her she was 2 months old and weighed 2.2 lbs. Smalls was the runt of her litter so she’s tiny for her age. She should be fully grown in 3 to 5 years and weigh anywhere from 50 to 75 lbs.

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Her name is a combination of the name her breeder gave her (Finland) and a name I had picked out (Piggie Smalls). She’s energetic, loves to cuddle and goes crazy for Cheerios. Pigs are the extremely smart and Smalls already knew how to use the litter box when she arrived. Occasionally she pees on blankets and rugs, but we’re working on it.

Aside from a goldfish that I won at a birthday party when I was 8, I’ve never had a pet before. It’s opened my eyes to how much work goes into taking care of an animal but I wouldn’t change it for the world. My favorite part of the day is coming home to her little wrinkled snout. Eventually I want to get her a little pig brother or sister, but for now, it’s just us.

I plan to post regular updates on her life under the new “Mini Pig Life” tab on my website and you can see daily photos and videos by following her on Instagram @itspiggiesmalls. Have questions? Comment below and I’ll answer them!

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*There is no such thing as a nano, micro, pocket, teacup or toy pig. These labels are often used to make buyers think the pig will stay that size forever. Mini-pigs don’t reach adulthood until 3 to 5 years of age and no breeder can guarantee a pig’s size since it depends on factors like genetics, diet, lifestyle, etc.
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