MSD Manual

Please confirm that you are a health care professional

honeypot link

Description and Physical Characteristics of Potbellied Pigs


D. Bruce Lawhorn

, DVM, MS,

Last full review/revision Jul 2020 | Content last modified Jul 2020

Potbellied pigs have a short to medium wrinkled snout, small erect ears, large jowls in proportion to the head, a short neck, a pronounced potbelly, a swayed back, and a straight tail with a switch at the end. Most are black with occasional white on the snout, head, feet, or tail, but some are gray or completely white. Adult potbellied pigs should not exceed 18 inches at the shoulder. Newborns typically weigh from several ounces to a pound or more, and mature animals in trim condition can weigh well over 100 lb (depending on the breed). They may live from 8 to 25 years, with a life span of 10 to 15 years common in healthy pigs. Obese or unusually small pigs may have shortened life spans.

For More Information

Others also read
Download the Manuals App iOS ANDROID
Download the Manuals App iOS ANDROID
Download the Manuals App iOS ANDROID

Test your knowledge

Anemia may be regenerative, indicating the bone marrow is responding and attempting to replace red blood cells (RBCs), or nonregenerative, in which the bone marrow response is not able to meet the increased need for RBCs. Which of the following CBC findings is consistent with nonregenerative anemia? 
Become a Pro at using our website 

Also of Interest

Become a Pro at using our website