Are Kune Kune Pigs Good Pets?
Kunekune pigs are becoming more popular as pets. Kune Kune pigs are small domestic pigs that are originally from New Zealand. They have long hair unlike some popular pet pigs such as pot-bellied pigs.
Pronounced “koo-nee koo-nee,” these pigs make great pets and are easy to care for.
Getting a Kunekune Pig
Kune Kune pigs are becoming more popular and finding a breeder is not as difficult as it once was. Finding these pigs outside of these places can be a bigger task. As people begin to breed the Kune Kune pig many are being sold with no registration papers, this can mean that they are not authentic in bloodlines.
Your breeder should be able to answer all your questions about your kunekune. Some people recommend getting two kunekune pigs at the same time; these pigs are fine alone, however will do better in a pair.
Kunekune are identified by their hairy coat.. Their coat comes in a variety of colors, and the hair itself can vary from silky to bristly or coarse. Depending on the time of year or season, kunekune hair will also vary as they go through a massive shed in the summer, so it may look like a completely different pig than it does in the winter months.
A kunekune can grow to be between 100 to 400 pounds (although different breeders offer differently sized pigs). It will take a couple of years for your pig to reach its full-grown size. It should be offered ample grass during its growing period.
Miniature kunekune are classified by height and weight, some breeders choose to breed smaller pigs therefore creating a miniature line that is becoming popular.
Most kunekune owners keep their pigs in a barn or outside setting. Since their main diet is grass, they thrive when they can come and go in a secure fenced-in area (often with a live wire) and sleep on sawdust or another kind of bedding in a well-ventilated shelter. They don’t do well in heat; providing them with shade and ventilation is a must. If they get too hot, they will roll around in the mud to keep their bodies cool and keep the flies from biting them. Pigs only sweat on their snouts so it is difficult for them to regulate their body temperature.
Kune Kune pigs are easy to care for and must receive a vaccation every 6 months as well as a deworming every six month. Provide them with ample room to roam and a place to graze daily.
Unlike pet pot-bellied pigs, kunekune are usually kept in outdoor environments and do well just eating grass. But if a high-quality pasture is not available, whether it be due to drought or just not enough grass to feed a hungry adult pig, pot-bellied pig pellets and grass pellets can be used to supplement the diet. An adult kunekune will eat two to three pounds of pellets a day (equal parts of the pot-bellied pig food and grass pellets) if it doesn’t have a lot of grass. Add hot water to the pellets to create a mash. Younger pigs will eat smaller amounts, but at least some fresh pasture should be available at all times when there is grass.
In the summer months, their diet should be a combination of grass and fresh vegetables. In the fall and spring, you can add in apples for more fiber and in the winter most people substitute the pellet mixture for grass. Higher protein pellets (up to 16 percent) should be offered in very cold weather. KuneKunes can live 15 to 20 years and will make great pets.