I love tiny animals and even own a miniature dog. The smaller, the cuter!
Pygmy Goats: Playful Pets
Pygmy goats are the perfect pint-sized pet. Weighing about 40-50 pounds, they are stocky and compact with short legs and playful personalities.
They have medium-length coats of straight hair, with males typically displaying more prominent beards and longer manes. Unlike typical goats that are raised for milk, pygmy goats are primarily raised for their meat, or simply for companionship.
They are trainable and highly adaptive and can thrive in almost any environment. To keep them as pets, make sure you provide them with shelter, hay, and a fun playground to keep these good-natured goats active and entertained.
Micro Pig: Pocket Porkers
Looking for an adorable little oinker to keep in your home? You may be able to get a micro pig as your next pet (but make sure you check your local laws first).
Teacup pigs are not actually teacup-sized at all and are really any pigs that weigh less than 200 pounds. They are curious, social animals who are smart, and can be easily trained, but because they are instinctually nosy, they can create mischief in your house if their environment isn't stimulating enough.
Pigs should be fed a few times a day, and enjoy fruits, vegetables, and even table scraps. While having a piglet in your house can be fun and whimsical, pigs do best outside, wallowing in the mud with their fellow kind.
Miniature Horses: Eensy-Weensy Equines
Miniature horses first became popular in the 1600s among the nobles who were captivated with their tiny size. This same attribute made them desirable for working in the small enclosed coal mines. Today, these gentle, intelligent horses make great family pets as well as service animals.
A typical life span is about 30 years, and they don't shed, irritate allergies, or require the amount of social attention that many dogs do. They are able to be housebroken and their full manes and tails are easy to groom.
Just take care not to overfeed them (they don't require the same amount of food as full-sized horses!) and give them plenty of outside exercise.
Technically called Old English Southdown sheep, these miniature fluffballs are the easygoing pets as well as workers. They are born without horns and are typically white, though some are black due to a recessive gene. Mothers often have twins and even triplets!
Fully grown, they can stand up to 24 inches tall at the shoulder and weight around 100-125 lbs (smaller ones weigh even less!). These friendly, peaceful animals make great pets for children and are the perfect first 4H animal. They love humans and get along well with other livestock. This stout and hardy breed are known as "organic weeders."
They are grass grazers and can be allowed to roam in vineyards and orchards because they will keep the weeds down, won't damage the trees or bushes, and they drop organic fertilizer wherever they go.
Babydoll sheep are flock-minded, so they don't tend to wander far and they like to stay near other sheep. If you're interested in acquiring some Babydoll sheep, you should make sure you're able to provide them shelter from the elements, and that you're ready to sheer their soft, silky coats each spring.
Miniature Donkey: Petite Pals
These tiny donkeys are naturally small! Miniature donkeys are natives of the Mediterranean islands that are now a completely domesticated breed. They come in various colors such as black, gray, brown and tan, and typically don't grow taller than 36 inches; though don't be fooled! They are still a stout, robust animal weighing in around 300 lbs.
These intelligent animals are fast learners and hard workers—they can pull carts and haul items just like other donkeys. But because they are smart, they have steel-trap memories and can be stubborn when they don't want to do something. In general, they are laid-back and easily trained, making them great companions for children or the elderly. They will seek out affection and attention from their caregivers.
They have an average life-span of 30-35 years, and will quickly form attachments to their caregivers. Miniature donkeys should be given plenty of open space in which to run, fresh hay, clean water, and shelter from the rain. They prefer to live in groups and are gentle with other livestock.
Want more tiny animals?
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.