Mini Pig Breeder Articles

AMPA Ethics Approval Checklist

Welcome to the AMPA Family! Now that you have completed the AMPA Breeder application you may need to follow the steps listed below for our committee to approve your membership status.   Read the AMPA Breeder Code of Ethics thoroughly to ensure compliance. Remove misleading terms from your website, social med [...]

Mini Pig Breeds

There are at least 14+ different pure breeds of miniature pigs.  Some are commonly recognized and others are considered rare or extinct.  Listed below are some of those pure breeds, but there are also many mixed breed pigs in the pet pig world who’s ancestry may never be known.  Pigs of pure and mix breeds come in many heights, shapes and sizes.  The goal of the AMPA is to begin a registry for today’s American [...]

Breeder Resources: Housing Your Pigs

HOUSING YOUR PIGS There are many options when it comes to the way that you house your pigs. There is no right way or specific materials that you must use. You can be as creative as you imagine or as simple as you wish. Be sure to incorporate things such as toys or other items for enrichment to ensure happy and active pigs. Materials For Fencing- There are many materials that can be used when buildin [...]

Breeder Resources: Mini Pig Farrowing

Farrowing Basics So you have got a pregnant sow/gilt (sows are girls who have given birth previously, gilts are girls in their first pregnancy) that’s nearing their due date and you want to make you’re prepared. First you want to make sure you’ve got all the supplies on hand that you might need. • A farrowing pen/stall. This is important [...]


Weaning time and technique will differ from litter to litter and sow to sow. It’s important to know your pigs so that you may be able to read from them when the piglets need to begin the weaning process. Some sows tend to mother longer than others. Many sows begin to lose weight rapidly and need more assistance. Weaning age should be determined by watching the sow’s body condition, milk supply, overall behavior with t [...]

What to Look for in Breeding Stock

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Socializing a Litter

Socializing Piglets: A Breeder’s GuideOne of the most important parts of a breeder’s job is to ensure that each piglet leaves you happy, healthy and well socialized. A piglet that has not been properly socialized is more likely to become overly stressed, fearful and develop behavioral problems. We as breeders must set each pig up for success so that our pigs are prepared for everyday life once they leave [...]

Shipping and Microchip Placement Guidelines

Air and Ground Shipping Requirements Shipping requirements vary from state to state. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) are the governing bodies over these requirements, state by state. Breeders must contact the USDA state vet office for the destination state to get detailed information on that state’s requirements for importation of miniature pigs, whi [...]