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IF YOU’RE af­ter a train­able, clean and loyal pet, pigs are the pick of the bunch, ac­cord­ing to the owner of Kyo­gle busi­ness Petite Piggies.

Tinky Watts and her part­ner launched their niche busi­ness 10 months ago when an op­por­tu­nity to breed the “petite” pigs came about.

The breeder said the an­i­mals were suited to those liv­ing on acreage, but were not just a farm an­i­mal.

“One of our pigs we flew to Mel­bourne and now goes to class as a ther­apy pet,” Ms Watts said.

“A cou­ple of oth­ers have gone to fam­i­lies who have had autis­tic lit­tle ones as they make for great com­pan­ion an­i­mals.

“It’s very re­ward­ing (to own a pig). They are very so­cial, which makes them great pets, and they are very train­able, very clean and loyal.

“They are re­ally like hav­ing a dog but just quirkier. We used to have a pig which would run out and greet the cars along with the dogs ... they are smarter than dogs.”

Ms Watts said the pigs could be house, lit­ter and har­ness-trained, and she could do it on be­half of the owner.

The petite pigs grow to the size of a labrador and weigh about 60kg on av­er­age.

Ms Watts said they put a lot of time into so­cial­is­ing the piglets and the tem­per­a­ment of the breed was an im­por­tant fac­tor.

“If peo­ple want a par­tic­u­lar colour and sex, then there is a wait­ing list,” she said.

Photo: Petite Piggies

NICHE MAR­KET: Petite Piggies in Kyo­gle sells smaller breeds of pigs that are great as pets or com­pan­ion an­i­mals.

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