A pot-bellied pig is a pig that is considered small by pig standards but has a large belly and originated from southeast Asia. These pigs typically come in white, black or a combination of white and black with straight tails.
The term "potbellied pig" is relatively new, however, and came into usage in 1985. Many potbellied pigs are kept as pets due to their loving, clean and intelligent demeanors. However, the pigs are not good pets for everyone, and it is important that new potbellied pig owners research the animal before buying one. It is also important to recognize that these pets are as much of a commitment as a dog or a cat with an approximate lifespan of 15 years.