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Pet pig is living up—and down—to owner’s expectations

Mr. Humphries is a pet pig who has absolutely no interest in becoming the main ingredient in a ham sandwich or the guest of honor at a country-style barbecue.

This very personable mini pig weighs 65 pounds, and he’s looking forward to celebrating his second birthday around Thanksgiving.

Mini pigs vary in size. A mini pig is basically a swine that weighs under 200 pounds. Regular agricultural pigs—hogs—weigh anywhere from 400 to 2,000 pounds.

“The size of the mini pig depends on the breed. It depends on the parents. It depends on the DNA,” said Lisa Engelhardt. “You don’t really know what you’re going to get until after the first three years. Pigs can grow for up to three years,” she said. Usually the mini pigs are some sort of Juliana—they are small, spotted, and colorful.”

American minis are not one particular breed. They are bred to be smaller so they can be suitable as pets.

Mr. Humphries has probably topped out in terms of weight. He was supposed to top out between ...

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