Species Information

Large Mammals

Pig Terminology


Sow- Adult female pig
Gilt- Young female pig
Boar- Intact male pig
Barrow- Male pig neutered before puberty
Stag- Male pig neutered after puberty

Pet Pig Normal Vital Signs


Temperature 98.2-101.2 F
Heart Rate 60-120 beats per minute
Respiratory Rate 15-30 breaths per minute

Breeds and Types of Pet and Miniature Pigs


Potbellied Pigs
Juliana Pigs
Gottingen Mini Pigs
Minnesota Mini Pigs
Breeders may use other terms such as Micro Mini, Teacup, Nano, etc for describing their miniature pigs.

Fun Fact


The average gestation period for pigs is 3 months, 3 weeks, and 3 days (or 114 days).