Pigs were seen in a different light in the 1995 hit Babe, directed by Chris Noonan starring James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski and Christine Cavnaugh.
Touching up on the challenges encountered by sheep dogs and sheep herders, the movie tells the story of a smart pig who found a way – an avenue – where he didn’t have to become dinner.
The same goes with households who keep pigs as pets.
Pigs in the House!
Though not exactly considered as a mainstream or exotic pet, there are households which keep pigs as pets, oftentimes allured by the pig’s natural charm and intelligence.
Far from being the dirty “mud caked” animals they are often described to be in movies and in stories, pigs are actually quite clean, generally quiet and are typically non-allergy-inducing. They are also odor free, and, as the movie Babe somewhat showed to extreme degrees, are highly trainable.
However, though they exhibit traits similar to dogs (minus perhaps their general non-allergenic status), pigs as pets require different treatment, particularly when food is being talked about: they tend to eat a lot.
Most pet pig owners who fail to recognize this pig trait encounter damages in the house, particularly when pigs are not fed enough, and they are headstrong in the search for food. Also, pigs get easily bored, so attention from pet owners must be duly given to them.
But apart from the feeding and attention rudiments involved in keeping pigs as pets, pigs in households are quite unique additions, responsive and interactive to the activities of members of the family.
Though their care and upkeep is very different compared to cats and dogs, having a pig as a household pet can be good as having a cat or dog around, with the plus of having a not-often-encountered type of pet at home.