Pigs are pretty amazing animals. To begin with, they are quite sociable animals, both with animals and with their owners. They also have great intelligence —they are one of the four most intelligent species on the planet. Now, how long do pigs live…? Their life expectancy ranges from 10 to 15 years in the wild, but when they are bred in captivity the life expectancy changes according to their sex and the master’s intentions.
How long do pigs live?
The life expectancy of pigs changes dramatically depending on the environmental and hygienic conditions in which these animals are raised. Below, we explain it in detail.
How long do pigs live in the wild?
If a pig lived in complete freedom and with the appropriate environmental and hygienic conditions for its species, then its life expectancy would range between 10 and 15 years.
How long do pigs live in captivity?
The life expectancy of pigs changes entirely when they lives in captivity. To begin with, everything will depend on the intentions of its owner. Next, we present a list of the possible life expectancies of pigs in captivity according to certain conditions such as sex and the purpose of their upbringing.
- Male pig in captivity for reproductive purposes: A male pig in captivity can live between 2 to 5 years. As long as your owner has selected you as the most virile of its litter.
- Female sow in captivity for reproductive purposes: Female sows, which are selected as the mother of future offspring, have a life expectancy of no more than 2 years.
- Fattening pigs in captivity (regardless of sex): The life expectancy of pigs for fattening, consumption and/or sale ranges from 90 to 180 days.
- Pigs in captivity as pets: The life expectancy of pigs when treated as pets ranges from 12 to 15 years.
Where do pigs live?
Pigs are animals that adapt very well to any type of ecosystem, however they prefer temperate climates. For this reason, pigs can be found in forests, grasslands, agricultural land or farms.
What do pigs eat?
Due to their omnivorous diet, pigs can feed on virtually anything. These animals can eat mushrooms, fruits, roots, insects, small animals, human waste or scrap, etc.
Interesting facts about pigs
Here are some interesting facts about pigs.
Pigs are smarter than chimps and dogs
Pigs are very intelligent animals; in fact, their intelligence easily exceeds that of chimpanzees, dogs, dolphins and elephants. First, the long-term memory of pigs is highly sophisticated. Secondly, their intelligence allows them to solve puzzles, mazes and they can even flip switches or manipulate remote controls.
The social skills of the pigs are also very impressive. Pigs are able to recognize their own face, as well as that of their owners and that of other pigs that cohabit with them. In addition, pigs have their own communication code; which includes snoring, grunting, and a variety of body gestures. As if that were not enough, pigs enjoy sexual relations like no other animal, since their orgasm can last up to 30 minutes.
Pigs are very clean
Most people think that pigs are extremely unhygienic animals, however the opposite is true. Although pigs love wallowing in mud, they do so in order to regulate their body temperatures, as well as to get rid of parasites and bacteria that accumulate on their skin.
Pigs are faithful and empathetic pets
Due to their high level of intelligence and awareness, pigs are adorable pets. Today, many people choose to choose the pig —specifically, the breed “mini-pig”— as a favorite pet. These animals are intelligent, sociable, kind and quite empathetic to their owners, even exceeding the level of empathy of the dogs.