Miniature pigs make perfect pets
THEY’RE pink, plump and impossibly cute – it’s no wonder so many Hollywood celebrities, including Paris Hilton and Jessica Simpson, are thinking of owning miniature pigs.
Fraser Coast residents can also take home their own little balls of miniature cuteness – Suzy Baudoeuf breeds the piglets on her farm at Netherby, near Tiaro.
She reckons they’re adorable and thinks that as they get smaller and smaller the tiny piglets will be all the rage in years to come – possibly even replacing cats and dogs as most popular pets.
“They’re even more intelligent than dogs, they don’t bite and they don’t smell.”
Suzy sold a miniature pig to a family two years ago and said they recently got in touch and told her their little pig went to the beach with them and even slept in their bed.
“They are very loveable.”
As well as being great indoors pets, the pigs were also adaptable to the great outdoors, she said.
“They’re equally happy to be farm animals,” Suzy said.
Suzy has been breeding piglets for about six years and says the joy of having new litters never fades.
“I’m very excited when all the new babies come along.”
Suzy said one of the great aspects of owning a pig was that each of them had their own unique personality.
“They’re very quirky.
“Sometimes they are very stubborn and some are very cuddly. Some love to play catch.”
Suzy said it was important to buy only from registered breeders to ensure the new member of the family was the real deal.
The pigs she uses to breed her litters are treasured family pets and she says she will never part with them.
“They are loyal, loving pets.”
Suzy and her husband do not have any children but say their piglets are their babies.
She says another bonus of having a pet pig is that they get along very well with other animals.
“They bond with them.
“They really become part of the family.”