Pot-bellied pigs live for 10 to 20 years on average, but can live up to 30 years. The pot-bellied pig is also known as the "Asian pot-bellied pig" and the "Chinese pot-bellied pig" because they originated from Southeast Asia.
Many people choose the pot-bellied pig as a pet because the animals are highly intelligent, do not shed much (small bristles) and are small in stature. They grow to approximately 14 to 18 inches at the shoulder. The pot-bellied pig has black, loose skin with a drooping stomach. It also has a straight tail instead of a curled tail like other pigs.
The pot-bellied pig is an easy pet to take care of and demands very little. They also make excellent family pets, however, not all people can house the pot-bellied pig because people who own these pigs as pets must live in an area that includes pigs in its zoning laws. The pigs can also be a bit frustrating for those people who are particular about their yards as pot-bellied pigs enjoys digging throughout the yard looking for food.
It is also important that anyone who purchases one of these pets begins training immediately. The pigs have been known to be aggressive when being fed, for example, and to sometimes turn aggressive towards their owners if there are no other pigs to boss around. The pot-bellied pig enjoys creating a hierarchal order within its living environment.