Pigs, or swine, are medium-sized animals in the family Suidae with a typically stocky barrel-like body with thick, sparsely haired skin and a mobile snout. Suidae are social, companionable, highly intelligent (considered to be more intelligent than dogs), creatures that love mud baths and foraging. Suidae are omnivores and feed on fungi, roots, fruit, earthworms, and more.

Female suidae and their young will typically travel together, while the males are more solitary. Litter sizes for females can range from one to twelve which the female suid will give birth to in grass, or similar, den that the young are able to leave in about 10 days. Suidae display sexual dimorphism, and the males are usually significantly larger than the females.

What is a group of swine called?

What a group of swine is called depends on the ages of the swine. A young group of swine is called a drift, drove, or littler. A group of older pigs can be called a sounder of swine, a team of hogs, a passel of hogs, or a singular of boars.

What do pigs eat?

Pigs are omnivores meaning they feed on both plants and meats. Wild pigs typically eat flowers, fruits, leaves, grass, roots, mushrooms, tree bark. They also eat garbage, worms, dead insects, and carcasses. Domesticated pigs eat farm grains like corn, oats, barley, and wheat. They also eat soybean meal, hay, and vegetables.

What is the meaning of “when pigs fly”?

The meaning of the phrase “when pigs fly” is that something is not likely to happen at all. The phrase most likely originated in either Germany or Scotland since there are various examples of the expression being used to describe an occurrence that is not physically possible.

Pigs

Domestic Pig
6-10 years (farm); 15-20 years (pet)
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Miniature Pig
5 years (typical); 12-18 years (captivity)
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Red River Hog
10-12 years (wild); 15-20 years (captivity)
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Wild Boar
10-14 years (wild); up to 20 years (captivity)
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Warthog
15-18 years (wild); up to 20 years (captivity)
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Giant Forest Hog
5 years average (wild); 15-20 years (captivity)
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Yorkshire Pig
6-10 years (farm); 15-20 years (pet)
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North Sulawesi Babirusa
Up to 20 years (wild); up to 24 years (captivity)
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Domestic Pig
Scale illustration of an average domestic pig with dimensions for height and length compared to a female farmer

Domestic pigs, also referred to as swine or hogs, are stocky bodied hoofed animals that have developed for farming purposes as a subspecies of the wild boar. Raised around the world to provide valuable products for humans, Domestic Pigs are bred to be much larger than their ancestors in order to produce higher yields of meat (pork), lard, leather, glue, fertilizer, and samples for medical research. Naturally intelligent and social, Domestic Pigs are among the smartest of all domesticated animals and are often credited as being smarter than dogs.

The typical Domestic Pig has an overall height of 20”-38” (51-97 cm) and body length of 35"-71” (.9-1.8 m). An average Domestic Pig weighs between 300-700 lb (140-300 kg) and has a typical lifespan of 6-10 years on a farm or up to 15-20 years if kept as a pet.

Illustrations of a common domestic pig drawn from the side profile, front, and laying down positions
Domestic pigs, also referred to as swine or hogs, are stocky bodied hoofed animals that have developed for farming purposes as a subspecies of the wild boar. Domestic Pigs are among the smartest of all domesticated animals and are often credited as being smarter than dogs.

The typical Domestic Pig has an overall height of 20”-38” (51-97 cm) and body length of 35"-71” (.9-1.8 m). An average Domestic Pig weighs between 300-700 lb (140-300 kg) and has a typical lifespan of 6-10 years on a farm or up to 15-20 years if kept as a pet.

Illustrations of a common domestic pig drawn from the side profile, front, and laying down positions
Domestic Pig
Height:
20”-38” | 51-97 cm
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Length:
35”-71” | 90-180 cm
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Weight:
300-700 lb | 140-300 kg
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Uses: Pork, lard, leather, glue, fertilizer, medicines

Scientific Name
Sus domesticus
Lifespan
6-10 years (farm); 15-20 years (pet)

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Domestic Pig side elevation (standing), side (female farmer), front, side (laying down)

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Miniature Pig
Dimensioned comparison drawing of the Miniature Pig compared to an average person

The Miniature Pig (Sus scrofa domesticus) is a breed of domestic pig that was first introduced as a research animal. Working with a large 500 lb (227 kg) pig was not ideal for researchers, thus the Miniature Pig was born.

The Miniature Pig is the 3rd smartest animal, right behind the Chimpanzee and Dolphin, this makes them great house pets because they can easily learn new tricks and tasks like going out to the bathroom or being a comfort animal. Appearances can vary depending on the breed of pig, but a Miniature Pig can be pink, grey, or even black with certain spotting or marks along their face or body.

Miniature Pigs have a height between 14”-20” (36-51 cm), body length of 22”-32” (56-130 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 50-200 lb (23-90 kg). The lifespan of a Miniature Pig is typically 5 years, but the breed can live up to 12-18 years if cared for properly.

Collection of scaled drawings of Miniature Pig in various poses
The Miniature Pig (Sus scrofa domesticus) is a breed of domestic pig that was first introduced as a research animal. Working with a 500 lb (227 kg) pig was not ideal for researchers, thus the Miniature Pig was born. The Miniature Pig is the 3rd smartest animal, behind the Chimpanzee and Dolphin.

Miniature Pigs have a height between 14”-20” (36-51 cm), body length of 22”-32” (56-130 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 50-200 lb (23-90 kg). The lifespan of a Miniature Pig is typically 5 years, but the breed can live up to 12-18 years if cared for properly.

Collection of scaled drawings of Miniature Pig in various poses
Miniature Pig
Height:
14”-20” | 36-51 cm
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Length:
22”-32” | 56-130 cm
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Weight:
50-200 lb | 23-90 kg
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Scientific Name
Sus scrofa domesticus
Lifespan
5 years (typical); 12-18 years (captivity)

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Miniature Pig side elevation (standing), front (standing), side (lying down)

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Wild Boar
Dimensioned comparison drawing of the Wild Boar compared to an average person

Wild Boars (Sus scrofa) are a species of Suidae common to most of the Palearctic and has been introduced in the Nearctic, Neotropical, Oceania, Caribbean Islands, and Southeast Asia. Humans have been responsible for contributing to the wide-ranging spread of the Wild Boar as it has proved to be highly adaptable to diverse environments and habitats.

The Wild Boar is a large, heavily developed pig with small-lean legs. The trunk of the Wild Boar is short and tough, while the back of the trunk is relatively underdeveloped. The area behind the shoulder blades rises to a hump and the neck is short and thick, making it one of the body deficiencies for the Wild Boar.

Wild Boars have a height between 2’6”-3’ (76-91 cm), body length of 5’-6’ (152-183 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 150-220 lb (68-100 kg). The lifespan of a Wild Boar is typically 10-14 years in the wild and up to 20 years in captivity.

Set of standing side elevation drawings of the Wild Boar
Wild boar (Sus scrofa) is common to most of the Palearctic and has been introduced in the Nearctic, Neotropical, Oceania, the Caribbean Islands, and Southeast Asia. Human intervention has further spread it, making the species one of the largest mammals in the world, as well as the most widespread sp

Wild Boars have a height between 2’6”-3’ (76-91 cm), body length of 5’-6’ (152-183 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 150-220 lb (68-100 kg). The lifespan of a Wild Boar is typically 10-14 years in the wild and up to 20 years in captivity.

Set of standing side elevation drawings of the Wild Boar
Wild Boar
Height:
2’6”-3’ | 76-91 cm
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Length:
5’-6’ | 152-183 cm
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Weight:
150-220 lb | 68-100 kg
Area:
Scientific Name
Sus scrofa
Lifespan
10-14 years (wild); up to 20 years (captivity)

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Wild Boar side elevation (standing), front (standing), side (lying down)

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Common Warthog
Dimensioned comparison drawing of the Common Warthog compared to an average person

Common Warthogs are medium-sized wild pigs with a large head that is accompanied by large tusks that can grow up to 25 inches (63.5 cm). Having those large tusks helps the warthog defend itself from its larger prey.

Warthogs have bristly black hair covering their black and/or brown skin. They are also omnivores but mainly stick to a plant-based diet since they only eat meat if they need too. Warthogs can be found all over Africa as they are not territorial and travel to find their suitable home. Warthogs are not the prettiest animal, but they are one of the smartest in Africa.

Common Warthogs have a height between 25”-33” (64-84 cm), body length of 36”-60” (91-152 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 120-250 lb (55-110 k)g. The lifespan of a Common Warthog is typically 15-18 years in the wild, or up to 20 years in captivity.

Set of standing side elevation drawings of the Common Warthog
Common Warthogs are medium-sized wild pigs with a large head that is accompanied by large tusks that can grow up to 25 inches (63.5 cm). Having those large tusks helps the warthog defend itself from its larger prey. Warthogs have bristly black hair covering their black and/or brown skin.

Common Warthogs have a height between 25”-33” (64-84 cm), body length of 36”-60” (91-152 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 120-250 lb (55-110 k)g. The lifespan of a Common Warthog is typically 15-18 years in the wild, or up to 20 years in captivity.

Set of standing side elevation drawings of the Common Warthog
Common Warthog
Height:
25”-33” | 64-84 cm
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Length:
36”-60” | 91-152 cm
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Weight:
120-250 lb | 55-110 kg
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Scientific Name
Phacochoerus africanus
Lifespan
15-18 years (wild); up to 20 years (captivity)

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Common Warthog side elevation (standing), front (standing), side (lying down)

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North Sulawesi Babirusa
Comparison illustration of the size of a North Sulawesi Babirusa to a typical person

The North Sulawesi Babirusa (Babyrousa celebensis) is a pig-like mammal from Sulawesi and several of the neighboring islands of Indonesia. They are definied by their prominent double sets of wide tusks of canine teeth. The top of the snout is crossed by the tusks which curve back towards the forehead. The North Sulawesi Babirusa is virtually hairless, which reveals its gray skin.

In males, the upper canines are relatively long and thick but in females, their canines hardly protrude and curve. North Sulawesi Babirusas live in the center of tropical forests and canebrakes and the river and lakeshores. Since the North Sulawesi Babirusa is hairless, their mottled-gray and brown skin acts as camouflage.

North Sulawesi Babirusas have a height between 23”-26” (58-66 cm), body length of 33”-43” (85-110 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 100-220 lb (45-100 kg). The lifespan of a North Sulawesi Babirusa is up to 20 years in the wild and up to 24 years when held in captivity.

Set of standing side elevation drawings of the North Sulawesi Babirusa
The North Sulawesi Babirusa (Babyrousa celebensis) is a pig-like mammal from Sulawesi and several of the neighboring islands of Indonesia. They are definied by their prominent double sets of wide tusks of canine teeth. The top of the snout is crossed by tusks which curve back towards the forehead.

North Sulawesi Babirusas have a height between 23”-26” (58-66 cm), body length of 33”-43” (85-110 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 100-220 lb (45-100 kg). The lifespan of a North Sulawesi Babirusa is up to 20 years in the wild and up to 24 years when held in captivity.

Set of standing side elevation drawings of the North Sulawesi Babirusa
North Sulawesi Babirusa
Height:
23”-26” | 58-66 cm
Width:
Length:
33”-43” | 85-110 cm
Depth:
Weight:
100-220 lb | 45-100 kg
Area:
Scientific Name
Babyrousa celebensis
Lifespan
Up to 20 years (wild); up to 24 years (captivity)

Drawings include:

North Sulawesi Babirusa side elevation (standing), front (standing), side (lying down)

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