About Vietnamese Potbelly Pigs
Vietnamese Potbelly Pigs are considerably smaller than standard American
or European farm pigs, they weigh 43 to 136 kg (100 to 300 lb). Boars become
fertile at six months of age, long before they are completely physically
mature. Pot-bellied pigs are considered fully grown by six years of age, when
the epiphyseal plates in the long bones of the legs finally close.
pot-bellied pigs are the same species as ordinary farmyard pigs and wild boars,
they are capable of interbreeding. Most pot-bellied pigs have been crossed with
various farm pig breeds.
Vietnamese and German governments have realized that the indigenous Vietnamese
pig subspecies exist only in mountainous Vietnam and Thailand. The Vietnamese
government has begun to subsidize local farmers who continue to raise the
indigenous pot-bellied pigs because it realizes they are neither as prolific
nor as large as other breeds.