You can buy a potbellied pig from breeders, city or county animal shelters, animal rehabilitation centers, livestock auctions and ranchers. The cost of potbellied pigs varies greatly. Usually, you pay less if you obtain your pig from a shelter or rescue organization. When searching for a potbellied pig to adopt, remember that "miniature" potbellied pigs don't exist. Even tiny piglets grow quickly. Potbellied pigs eventually weigh anywhere from 80 to 200 pounds.
To buy a potbellied pig, you have to contact the breeder, shelter or organization directly. Staff provides information about available pigs, prices and any adoption requirements. Use this opportunity to address your questions and concerns.
Before purchasing a potbellied pig, check with your local government agency to ensure you are legally allowed to keep a pig at your residence. Also, remember that potbellied pigs are not cheap pets; if you buy a potbellied piglet from a breeder, expect to pay anywhere from $700 to $3,500. The fee is usually much less if you adopt an older pig from a rescue organization or shelter, but you should be prepared to pay at least a few hundred dollars. Make sure you do your research before buying a potbellied pig. Breeders and rescues often won't adopt a pig to you if you aren't knowledgeable.