Yes, pigs are extremely intelligent. In fact, many years ago one young woman from Long Island, NY, entered her pet pig in a dog show obedience class for fun & it beat the pants off of every dog.imafan26 wrote:Pigs are intelligent animals. The Vietnamese pot belly pigs are sometimes kept as pets here and can be leash trained and house broken. One city council woman had a pet pig that weighed over 600 lbs in her suburban home. It caused quite a stir at the time since it is unusual to have a pig as a pet.
But oh brother - don't get me started on the Vietnamese Potbellied Pig debacle. Those poor things. What most people who buy them without researching first don't understand is that nine times out of ten they do NOT remain cute little tiny things. They can top out at 250+ pounds. And if intact, can mature with nasty temperaments.
A few miles away from us there used to be a "Pig Sanctuary" that took in abandoned "pet" pigs - farm types, Vietnamese Potbellies, & Micro Pigs - & it was a very sad sight. We visited during one "open house" they held, & while the pigs were relatively well-cared for, the sheer number of abandoned former pig "pets" was extremely sad to view.
Once again another admonishment to NOT take on any pet - livestock or otherwise - unless you've done serious research, know what you'll be up against, & can commit to lifetime care.