At Minipigs Mexico the animals cost between 20,000 and 28,000 pesos (US$1,205 and US$1,687) each. (Photo: Cristopher Rogel / EL UNIVERSAL)

Minipigs are the new fashionable pet in Mexico

02/12/2015
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Around 300 pigs are sold every year in Mexico and their popularity is growing.

Lucky is a spoiled pig. It has a blue cushion to sunbathe, it does not like showers, its favorite food are grapes and it loves shoelaces and dragging its blanket around the house. When it feels ignored, it may pee next to their owners and then rush to his sandbox to avoid being scolded.

Its owners spend about 300 pesos (US$18) a week on diapers, sand and grapes.

When the Garcia Diaz family adopted it, they bought collar for him, but the first time they put it on him he refused to move until they took it away. The family admits that their minipig is "the king of the house" and is "very spoiled".

Minipigs, that originally come from England, reach a maximum height of 35 cm (1.1 feet) with an adequate diet and they are bred to be pets. They arrived in Mexico six years ago thanks to the store Minipigs Mexico, that says that demand has started to grow: around 300 pigs are sold every year in Mexico, and their popularity is growing.

At Minipigs Mexico the animals cost between 20,000 and 28,000 pesos (US$1,205 and US$1,687) each, but in the last two years new sellers such as Minipigs DF and Mini Puerquitos Pig began offering animals for between 6,000 and 9,000 pesos (US$361 and US$542). Feeding them cost between 500 and 1,400 pesos (US$30 and US$84) a month.

This pet has also become fashionable among Hollywood stars such as Miley Cirus, Paris Hilton, George Clooney and Megan Fox.

 

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