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Do mini pigs bite?

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.

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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.

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UNTIL NOW.

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.

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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.

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I thought it was a one time thing but no, Coccolino keeps on grabbing for her big toe whenever she comes in.

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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.

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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.

~ Katie

26 thoughts on “Do mini pigs bite?

  1. Lassiter chase

    We cant help to think of the movie Babe, when Babe bit the sheep (Ma?) to get her attention while he was trying to herd them like a sheep-dog. And after Babe bit Ma and he apologized she said ti him….do you even have any teeth in there. And Babe opened his mouth and said ahhhhh. This post so reminded us of that movie. Sorry about your moms toes.

  2. Bouncing Bertie

    Oh Cocco, why not try just licking toes? It is just as much fun as nibbling, and equally effective at getting attention, I guarantee.
    Toodle pip!
    Bertie (who rarely gets access to bare toes, but makes the most of it when he does).

  3. The Kitties of Purring Pines

    One of the neighbor’s cats likes to give our mommy love nips that sometimes are tooooo rough …. He likes toes too ………. We only use little nips to get her attention.

  4. Nerissa's Life

    Hmmm… If I was gonna bite someone… Even nip ’em… I don’t think I’d bit their toes. I have been known to chow down on Peep #1’s pony tail, though. Kind of resembles a toy, you see. Can’t help myself.

    Purrs,
    Nissy

  5. Pam

    Cocco has a foot fetish? Well!!! Cocco my friend you may have to put a PERIOD at the end of the sentence that starts “I love biting toes because……” !!!

    Hugs, Sammy

  6. madi and mom

    OOL (oink out loud) Cocco since I have your name in the gift exchange this is very valuable information…
    I think Cocco is getting back all the humans for the little piggie song they sing to children about their toes.
    MOL MOL MOL
    Sorry we don’t me to laugh at Gma’s expense but piggie love is very funny
    Madi and Mom

  7. Sherri-Ellen T-D.

    Coccolina you continue to surprise your Hu’mans!!! Oh Katie I bet your Mum will think better than to wander in sock feet from now on…This piggie boy sure keeps you “on your toes” (groans at obvious pun).
    I hope things settle down or else your Mum will have to learn to hoverwalk!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Love Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue too.

  8. Ashley

    Hi,
    My mini pig is having a terrible biting problem with other animals. I think that she is trying to play (that is how she plays with my sisters dogs). She nips at other dogs and either scares or provokes them for her safety how can I stop this behavior? She is only 7 months

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