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Interesting Facts

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Intelligence

Intelligence

Lots of people think pigs are cute, but they aren't only cute. Pigs are surprisingly very intelligent and is the 3rd smartest animal in the world. According to scientists, some pigs are smarter than some 3-5 year old kids. They have a great memory too! They can remember things from a long time ago. They can also tell what people's emotions are.

Sounds & Noises

Pigs can also make super cool noises and sounds. Some people think pigs can only oink, but they are wrong. Pigs can squeal, grunt, honk, and bark. In fact, while the piglets are getting nursed, the mother sings to them in pig language.

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Sweaty Pigs?

Sweaty Pigs?

Did you ever wonder if pigs sweat? Well, if you were, here's your answer. Surprisingly, pigs do not sweat at all. To keep them clean though, they need bathes in water or mud to cool down their temperature as they tend to overheat in hot weather. Even though they always play in mud, they are actually considered clean. They never go to bathroom in their "spot" where they eat and sleep.

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Sizes

Sizes

Although most pictures online are of tiny, cute piggies, most are pot-bellied pigs. The truth is, most pigs never stay small for their whole lives. Most pigs weigh around 200 pounds.

Training

You can teach pigs to go to the bathroom outdoors and walk on a leash for exercise. Some people think pigs are very bad and poorly behaved, but you can actually train pigs. Pigs can be trained to use a litter box and much more. When you walk a pig, you always have to make sure you have water available. Since pigs do not sweat, they are going to need water because they can become easily overheated.

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Life Span

Life Span

Pigs can have a life span up to 15-20 years. Although they are supposed to live long, they need your help. You will need to do your best to keep them healthy, clean, and happy.

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Cost

Cost

Some people think that they can just get a pig, but they do cost a bit of money. Not only do you have to pay for the pig itself, you will need to get supplies. Pigs can cost anywhere in between $350-$1350.

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Amount of Pigs in the United States

Amount of Pigs in the United States

Not many people think of pigs as pets, but they aren't always considered pets. Farms, businesses, and much more places raise pigs too. There are about 2 billion pigs in our country!!

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Food

Food

Pigs aren't only pigs. As disgusting as this sounds, we eat pigs. Sausage, ham, pork, bacon, you name it. It all comes from pigs. Farmers and workers take meat out of the pigs, clean it, process it, and cook as food for all the humans in the world.

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Colors

Colors

Although pigs are usually seen as pink, they aren't only pink. Pigs come in a variety of colors such as brown, black, white, pink, and gray. All are solid, except for one type or kind of pig. Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs are spotted with black and white dots all over.