The Breeders Code of Ethics
(Updated March 2017)
1. Breeder agrees not to use misleading terms such as micro, teacup, or nano. Breeders will use only proper terminology such as American Mini Pig breed or mini pigs.
2. Breeder agrees not to breed underage pigs. Boars must be a minimum of 12 months old at time of breeding. Gilts must be a minimum of 16 months at time of breeding. Litters born to boars under 16 months or gilts 20 months will not qualify for registration by the AMPA.
3. Breeder agrees to have a veterinarian spay and neuter all piglets before being placed in pet homes, with the exception of females if the local veterinarian is not willing and able to spay before they are placed. In this case a spay contract must be enforced and followed through. It is strongly recommended to make every effort to spay before the piglet leaves the breeder.
- UPDATE EFFECTIVE January 1, 2018: All piglets will be spayed or neutered before leaving the breeder. New members have 6 months to comply with support from the AMPA to ensure the veterinarian is competent and prepared for altering piglets.
4. Breeder agrees to provide accurate heights & ages on adult breeding pigs. Breeder will not offer promises or estimates of unrealistic sizes for piglets or adults. Breeder agrees to not advertise or promote weight under 60 lbs or heights under 15 inches. Height 14 inches or shorter must be proven with multiple generations maturing under 15 inches.
5. Breeder agrees to keep piglets with the sow as long as possible. Premature weaning is not allowed unless there is a medical cause, in which case a pan or syringe should be used for feeding – Never bottle feed.
6. Breeder agrees to not bottle feed. If a piglet is orphaned or pulled from the sow for medical reasons, pan or syringe feeding should be used. Never bottle feeding.
7. Breeder agrees to socialize piglets in an effort to prepare them for their new homes and ensure a successful transition.
- Piglets must be properly weaned and eating a pelleted diet well for more than a week.
- Piglets should be handled and held frequently before transitioning to their new homes.
- Piglets should be using a litter pan and introduced to a home environment prior to being placed.
8. Breeder agrees to care for piglets until 6-8 weeks minimum, before placing them in their new homes. If a piglet is orphaned or unable to nurse, this is still the responsibility of the breeder to care for the piglet until s/he is old enough to be placed with a thoroughly screened family.
9. Breeder agrees to thoroughly screen and educate all potential owners before placing a piglet,
- To ensure good forever homes, breeders agree to spend an ample amount of time screening prospective owners on lifestyle, living conditions, other animals and persons living in the home, zoning requirements, time investment requirements for a pig, renting vs owning, and age requirements of perspective buyer, etc. to help facilitate a stable forever home for pig/piglets.
- Breeder agrees to educate potential buyers about mini pigs as pets including the emotional, physical, behavioral characteristics, needs, and a general knowledge of caretaking required for ownership to ensure a mini pig is a good fit for the family as a pet.
- Breeder agrees to follow up with any questions, concerns, and general education after pig is placed. Since breeders take responsibility for their pigs for life, this is highly recommended.
- As a regular practice breeder agrees to return calls, messages, emails, etc. of buyers who are in need of help, have questions, or need more education. Care instruction sheets to each new owner is also recommended.
10. Breeder agrees to take back all pigs sold for the duration of their life if they are unable to help the owners through the issue at hand, or to work with the owners to ensure a well screened and successful rehome.
11. Breeder agrees to provide weather protected housing for all pigs in their care as well as clean and protected birthing areas for piglets.
12. Breeder agrees to provide a well balanced, species appropriate diet to all pigs in their care. Pigs should be fed proper amounts to maintain a healthy body condition, avoiding underfeeding or overfeeding.
13. Breeder agrees to offer breeding stock ONLY to thoroughly screened ethical breeders. Only the highest quality mini pigs should be offered with breeding rights, ensuring the piglet does not carry a history genetic defects that would be detrimental to the American Mini Pig breed.
14. Breeder agrees to follow all USDA, APHIS, or Canadian CFIA laws and airline regulations while shipping, transporting, or relocating from state to state or province to province. Piglets must be 7 days post-surgery or approved by a vet to travel. Breeder agrees to only transport healthy piglets.
15. Breeder agrees to not inbreed pigs.
16. Breeder agrees to disclose any defect, health concerns, or special needs of a piglet before placing it.
17. Breeder agrees not to breed pigs with known genetic defects that would be detrimental to the to the longevity of the pig or its offspring.
18. Breeder agrees not to broker pigs. All piglets and the parent pigs must be on the premises.
*Continual failure to comply with the AMPA’s Breeder Code of Ethics will result in disqualification of the breeder from membership, and the breeder will be removed from our directory and registry if so decided by the AMPA ethics committee whose members have no financial or personal gain.