Miniature Potbellied Pig Standard (as adapted from the original standard of the PPRSI)
The general appearance of a Miniature Potbellied Pig is of a proportionate, sturdy animal. Miniature Potbellied Pigs should be symmetrical, free of obvious defects, with short legs, erect ears, bright eyes, and potbelly. Their short neck should blend smoothly into the shoulders and then into a slightly swayed back and straight tail.
Measured at the withers (the highest point of the shoulder) with legs carried straight underneath, a Miniature Potbellied Pig should stand no more than fifteen inches high. An ideal height is ten inches.
The maximum acceptable weight is fifty-five pounds, with an ideal weight being twenty five pounds.
Length should be in proportion to height. A Miniature Potbellied Pig should appear well balanced.
Ears are erect, small, and somewhat flat. Nose is short to medium length, straight, and in proportion to the head. The eyes should be deep and wide set, clear, and bright. Margins should be clear and visible with no skin folds covering the eye (a sign of obesity). All eye colors are acceptable except red. Brown is most common with blue or spots of blue are more highly valued.
The pig’s jowls should be obvious and in proportion to head. Bite should be even and correct, not over- or under- shot.
Back should be slightly swayed through the saddle. Shoulders should slope evenly to each side. Neck should be short and join cleanly to the line of the shoulder. Rump should flow cleanly to a medium length tail. When viewed from the side, the belly should be obvious and rounded, but not exaggerated or touching the ground. When viewed from above the belly should not appear rounded, but should have a slight lateral protuberance. Miniature Potbellied Pigs should have at least five pairs of evenly spaced teats.
Feet and Legs:
Legs should be sturdy and wide-set, standing well on pasterns. Legs should not appear weak or bowed. Feet should stand squarely with two toes of equal length on each foot, pointed forward.
Tail should be straight. A curly tail is a flaw.
Skin may or may not be wrinkled. Hair will lay evenly over back with seasonal variation. Colors include black, white, and silver in a variety of patterns. Rarely Miniature Potbellied Pigs have red markings, but are never a solid red or have red as a base color as this is indicative of cross-breeding
All Miniature Potbellied Pigs should be tractable and non-aggressive. They should appear bright and inquisitive.
Solid- Entire body colored black, white, or silver but never red (a sign of cross-breeding with other pig breeds such as the Tamworth. Miniature
Potbellied Pigs can rarely have red markings).
Socks- a color different than the body that covers the foot, and sometimes part of the leg, making the pig appear as though he is wearing socks
Blaze- a stripe of color different than the overall body color running down the face of the pig, usually between the eyes and running almost or all the way
to the nose.
Star- spot of color different than the overall body color that is located on the forehead. (does not apply to painted markings).
Collar- a strip of color different than the body color that runs around the neck of the pig.
Mask- color other than body color covering all or most of face
Pigs can be solid color with one or more of the special markings (blaze, star, socks, and collar). There are specific names for several specific patterns listed below.
Fancy Pinto- an overall black colored pig with white blaze, white collar, blue eyes and usually white socks.
Panda- an overall white pig with black markings on head, usually covering eyes and ears but may be over entire head, and black over rump/tail area.
Painted- solid color body (usually white) with spots over all or part of body. Spots may be of more than one color (ie black and red spots on white
Feathered- solid colored body with occasional hairs of another color dispersed throughout all or part (usually white feathering on black coat). Feather
pattern can be combined with other patterns except paint pattern to better describe coat coloring (ie feathered pinto).