I get this question a lot from prospective mini pig parents, usually several times a week. Do dogs bite? Do cats bite? Do mini pigs bite? The quick answer is of course some mini pigs bite. And they do have some sharp teeth and strong jaws.
I usually respond to this question by explaining that all mini pigs have different personalities and whether mini pigs bite depends not only on the pig’s personality but also on the pig’s environment and how they are raised, much like any other pet.
When asked if Coccolino has ever been a biter, I proudly and with a sigh of relief respond that no, Coccolino has never been a biting mini pig. Coccolino has always given us a run for our money (potty accidents at the very top of the list) but that was one thing that has been a constant in Cocco’s 2.5 years. He does strongly nudge and suck on my leg, sometimes in the spot to make my leg kind of collapse, but it’s always sweet and I love his little piggy sucking.
Cocco has formed a very bad habit. Lots of mini pigs bite toes. It’s their way of getting attention and they definitely succeed. It hurts, supposedly. Luckily I am not the victim of this new toe biting habit so I have not personally experienced it. My poor mom is the victim.
My mom comes over almost every day. She also spoils that little piggy like no other, except maybe my dad. They both feed Cocco anything he wants (what doesn’t he want?!) and they just love when he gently nibbles their hand with his tongue to get the food, so as not to bite them.
That hasn’t been enough lately. Now, every time my mom comes over, he follows her every step. He is her shadow, literally walking in her steps only a half step behind. He doesn’t come to me when I call him, unusual for him, because he is so focused on seeing what she will give him next.
When she disappoints and actually spends some time with her other grandchildren (those human kids), he can’t take it. He goes up to her usually stockinged foot and chomps down on her big toe. Not hard, but hard enough. I have to admit, I laughed so hard I was almost snorting like a pig because he had never done that before. Even my mom couldn’t believe it and started laughing, though a bit more of a wary laugh.
I thought it was a one time thing but no, Coccolino keeps on grabbing for her big toe whenever she comes in.
She refuses to come in without her shoes now! The shoes didn’t deter Cocco though; he sucked on her shoe instead to get her attention.
My mom will continue to wear her shoes – and hopefully stop spoiling him – every time she comes until he learns not to bite. He has never bitten anyone else and I know he doesn’t want to hurt her. He loves her. He loves her so much it does hurt though.
So, for all of those mini pig parents, yes, mini pigs do bite and Coccolino is officially a toe biter.