I want to start with this question as I feel that it’s fundamental. If you plan to have two or three pigs as pets at your home, and you never plan to breed then I suppose this is a pretty simple question. But, pet pigs are a bit like dogs, we are beginning to see a surplus of “tea cup” pigs and pot belied pigs. People may think that they know what they are getting into, but don’t do a ton of homework.
All my pigs are outside, sometimes, I have a pig inside for a few hours at a time if I’m worried about it’s breathing or some other health issue. But, I can’t give buyers a lot of information about having pigs in the house. I just don’t have that experience. I do have people who have one or two pigs in the house and it has worked out great for them. But, you have to work on training from the very beginning. Your Kune will be stronger than you eventually, so establish yourself as the boss early on!! I try not to feed the pigs from my hands, but I have done it on occasion and notice that the pigs have better manners than a lot of dogs. So maybe I’m just paranoid! I also really like my fingers!
If your Kune is going to be an outdoor pet, be sure that it won’t be lonely. Realistically, another pig will be the pest fit, but it’s possible that a dog or any other farm animal may serve as a good companion. But, pigs, dogs and people require social interaction. A pig that’s alone will likely get bored and lonely, which will likely become destructive.
Besides pets, Kunes serve as orchard and farm clean up on a small or large homestead. They are relatively easy to contain and very easy to work with. We use our Kunes in the orchards to eat the weeds and fallen fruit.
Kunes can also produce pork. I know that some people think of their pigs as their pets, so they won’t want to use them as pork. But, this is an option. Kunes can be raised on pasture, which makes them more economical than other animals and they are a lot smaller and easier to handle than a commercial sized pigs. Kune pork has a lot more fat and flavor than the pork you get in the stores.