Like all pigs, minipigs are social animals. Both in the wild and in the laboratory, pigs will develop a complex social hierarchy. This hierarchy centres on food and begins at birth with the teat order. New groups will have to establish a hierarchy upon being introduced, which can involve displays of aggressive or sexual behaviour. Usually groups stabilize within 24 to 28 hours after being introduced. When possible, minipigs are housed in groups in the laboratory. It is important that each minipig has visual, audial, and olfactory contact with other pigs. In the wild, the pig is an animal of prey and until trust has been established, pigs may seem cautious of caretakers. Pigs are very curious of their surroundings, and a variety of...
Vietnamese Potbellied Pigs
They are extremely social animals, but are also known for their stubborn and independent streaks.