Facts about Vietnamese Potbelly Pigs, Vietnamese Potbelly is a household pig breed that is native to Vietnam and they are also commonly called as the Pot-bellied pigs. Nowadays, the German and Vietnamese governments have understood that the native pig sub-species of Vietnam exist only in the hilly regions of Thailand and Vietnam. The government of Vietnam has commenced to subsidize local pig farmers that carry on developing the native Vietnamese Potbelly pigs since it realizes that they are neither considered as productive nor as big to other pig breeds.
Features of Vietnamese Potbelly Pig
The Vietnamese Potbelly pig breeds are very much smaller in size than the standard American pigs or the European ranch pigs. An adult Vietnamese Potbelly Pig is capable of attaining a maximum height that ranges from 16 inches to 26 inches (40 cm to 68 cm) at their withers. The Vietnamese Potbelly Pigs have a petite body weight that ranges from 100 lbs to 300 lbs (43 kg to 136 kg). Boars, which are the un-sterilized male pigs, turn out to be fertile when they attain the age of six months, well earlier than they are totally mature physically. The Vietnamese Potbelly Pig breeds come in a variety of shapes, sizes and weights, but by means of appropriate feeding and exercise, the Vietnamese Potbelly Pigs will grow to their predestined hereditary size.
The Vietnamese Potbelly pig breeds are considered completely mature when they attain the age of six years, while the epiphysis plates in the elongated bones of their legs lastly close. The Vietnamese Potbelly Pig breeds are the identical species as normal farmyard pig breeds and wild boars. The Vietnamese Potbelly Pigs are capable of interbreeding, and nearly all Vietnamese Potbelly pigs have been crossed with a variety of ranch pig breeds.
Some Vietnamese Potbelly pigs have a plump look in a natural way. They have complete round jowls, a circular body and more of a pot stomach. Some other pigs are slimmer and more muscular. The Vietnamese Potbelly Pig breeds have underweight hips, ribs, or bones. A hint of a plump pig is their eyes will be bordered by the crinkles of fat.
A study in 2004 revealed the intense hereditary diversity in native Vietnamese Potbelly pigs. They were as well, hereditary different from each other consistent with their originated place in Vietnam. Most of the pig breeds from the developed nations were developed over centuries to a particular hereditary make-up. This means that a cross between a pedigree Vietnamese Potbelly pig and another type of pig, its hereditary material is more varied and the progeny will look like the more particular pig imports. The Agriculture Ministry of Germany has helped Vietnam with its pork manufacture through the introduction of large pig breeds into Vietnam since the middle part of the 1980s.
The Vietnamese Potbelly pig breeds have been deserted when the pig owners find out that these pig breeds actually develop to larger sizes and need additional care than they supposed. Some other pig breeders are compelled to relinquish pet pigs, owing to local orders.
Vietnamese Potbelly Pigs are very intelligent, not like people think, that pigs are dumb animals. Vietnamese Potbelly Pigs are omnivores like humans, an omnivores, (definition-they eat both other animals and plants). The Vietnamese Potbelly Pig snout is its most important tool for finding food. The Vietnamese Potbelly Pig snout is used for their excellent sense of smell and they have poor eyesight.
The average lifespan of the Vietnamese Potbelly pig ranges from 12 years to 15 years. At first it was considered that the longevity of these pig breeds ranges from 12 years to 20 years. However, the maximum recorded lifespan of the oldest Vietnamese Potbelly pig was 19 years.
Vietnamese Potbelly Pigs are raised for there meat such as ham, sausage, bacon and pork chops. Vietnamese Potbelly Pigs can make great pets. "A wild male pig is called a boar"- meaning uncastrated male pig, that lives in the wild and can be hunted. "Feral pig or hog is defined as a wild boar" can be a very big danger where humans habitat.
The term Swine: is any variety of omnivorous, even-toed ungulates of the family Suidae, this includes hogs, boars and pigs having a short neck, thick skin a movable snout and a stout body.
Vietnamese Potbelly Pigs unlike is said, happen to be very clean animals. Vietnamese Potbelly Pigs make sure their bathroom area is far away from where they eat, lie down and rest, even piglets (baby pigs) will find a place to go to the bathroom, far away from their nest. A Vietnamese Potbelly Pig averages 6 to 10 baby piglets in a litter and will have two to three litters per year. The sows nurse their piglets for about three to five weeks. When Piglets are weaned off of their mother’s milk, they are not called piglets but are known as shoats and on average, will double their weight in one week.
Pigs Feet of Vietnamese Potbelly Pig
The four feet and four toes of the pig are called "trotters" that humans eat as a delicacy called pigs feet or pigs knuckles. A Vietnamese Potbelly Pigs foot has four toes that are pointed downwards when the pig walks, it walks on the tips of its toes, rather than its whole foot and only uses two of the toes in the middle and the outside toes for balance. The pig has tougher feet at the ends that are hooves. The two toes in the middle of the foot are slightly webbed, this helps the pigs balance for walking.
Vietnamese Potbelly Pigs have 44 teeth when full grown, when they are baby pigs (piglets) the have 28 teeth which will fall out when they are 12 months old. Just like human teeth, the Vietnamese Potbelly Pig has an enamel coating that makes the pigs teeth stronger and helps it curb disease. Vietnamese Potbelly Pigs chew their food because pigs have a digestive system similar to a human digestive system and cannot digest food that is not chewed. Vietnamese Potbelly Pigs have small lungs compared to their body size.
Vietnamese Potbelly Pigs do not sweat a lot, that's why they cover themselves in the mud to keep their bodies cool. The expression "sweating like a pig" comes from a reference to pig iron, which comes form iron smelting.
The saliva of Vietnamese Potbelly Pigs contains pheromones-( A chemical substance used to attract a mate) similar to that of other pig breeds that communicate their sexual wants. The male Vietnamese Potbelly Pigs discharge this steroid and female pigs will go to vast lengths to acquire a smell of the sent. "Scientific name for Pig Sus scrofa", the wild swine (Boar) from the old world with a narrow body and prominent tusks is from where most domestic swine come from. The "fear of pigs Swinophobia".