Contrary to popular belief, pigs are clean, social and intelligent animals that can make good house pets. Because potbellied pigs are curious and inquisitive, they learn quickly and can easily be trained to use a litter box. On the other hand, their intelligence allows them to become bored easily, which can cause them to get into trouble. Pigs are herd animals, and they will try to make their adoptive families members of their herd. If you are considering adopting a potbellied pig, make sure you do your homework and understand the level of care these animals need to live long and healthy lives.
Contact your local farm bureau, extension agent or 4-H club and inquire about local miniature pig farms, breeders, or owners. The extension agent may be able to put you in touch with someone who sells the animals or may give you information about a nearby livestock auction where you might have some luck.
Research potbellied pig breeders to determine if there are any in your area. When selecting a breeder, make sure he or she is more concerned about the welfare of the pigs than about making money. A good breeder will wean and socialize the pig properly, investigate you to make sure you will be able to give the pig a good home and be willing to take the pig back if you change your mind.
Research potbellied pig rescue organizations. Many people have adopted a potbellied pig only to discover that the animal doesn't fit into their lifestyles. Rescue organizations provide shelter and care to these animals and work to find good homes for them. Because rescue organizations aren't looking to make a profit, the price of adopting a pig from them may be lower than the cost of buying a pig from a breeder.