When it comes to any animal, there is often no "better" sex. But for many, certain qualities or other attributes can make one sex a more appealing option than the other.
Of course, this is no different when it comes to purchasing a teacup pig. After all, you must spay or neuter any pig that you purchase. So, what are the real qualities of each animal that might have you choosing one over another?
Below, we'll discuss common issues that can occur for pigs if not spayed or neutered as well as male and female attributes to help you make a more informed decision. By fully understanding each, we'll set you up for a happy, long-term relationship with your new pet.
Spaying or Neutering Your Pet Makes a Difference
Before diving into the qualities of each sex, it's important to recognize why spaying or neutering your new pig is so important.
Primarily, taking care of your new pig is important because it makes a difference in terms of your pig's temperament and size. In fact, pigs that are fixed tend to stay smaller than those that aren't and are also more likely to bond with you.
Should you leave a male pig unneutered, a few issues might occur, including:
- Chomping Teeth – Intact male pigs tend to chomp their teeth, producing a foam that has a foul odour.
- "Marking" Territory – Male pigs that aren't neutered will also "mark" their territory with both the foam mentioned above and a liquid they release from their male organs.
- Grow Tusks – Male pigs will grow tusks that are long and dangerous, which can be a hazard to both you and your family.
- Don't Bond Well – Unless looking to mate, intact male teacup pigs have no reason to bond.
- Potential Health Issues – Male pigs are prone to testicular cancer, which can significantly shorten the lifespan of your pet.
Should you leave a female pig intact, you will confront several issues as well, such as:
- Heat Cycles – At just 12 weeks old, most female pigs begin their heat cycle. Heat lasts 5 to 7 days and female pigs grow temperamental during these times, making them difficult to control and dangerous around children or other small animals. Additionally, they will forget any potty training efforts you've taken during this time, which can cause quite a mess.
- Whining – During heat cycles, sows will whine in attempts to attract a boar, making them difficult to live with.
- Health Issues – Intact female pigs can experience several health issues, including uterine tumours and infections as well as mammary problems.
Positive Qualities of Both Males and Females
Of course, spaying or neutering your new teacup pig will eliminate these common problems. And, once all is said and done, these pigs make excellent companions with qualities like:
- Males – Neutered males tend to be incredibly laid back, mellow, and easygoing.
- Females – Spayed females are more active than males and are slightly more demanding, but still lovable nonetheless.
Purchase Your Miniature Pig for a Perfect Companion
If you've been looking for the perfect companion, a pig can be just that. With lovable qualities and excellent temperaments after being spayed or neutered, it's no surprise that thousands have already adopted teacup pigs for themselves.
So, what type of pig will you be adopting? Male or female, you simply can't go wrong.