ABOUT THE JULIANA BREED: The Juliana Pig is a small colorful pig originating in Europe through selective breeding of various kinds of pigs. The Juliana Pig, also known as the Miniature Painted Pig, is small, spotted, and conformationally sound. It should not exhibit a pronounced pot belly or sway back, should have a long snout, and be slight in frame. Temperament is of the utmost importance since the Juliana has been specifically bred to work with humans. While the Juliana breed is quite old it is unsubstantiated as to whether or not the modern Juliana pig is of the same ancestry. Regardless of ancestry the modern Juliana more closely resembles the original Juliana then any other breed today. It is the goal of breeders to produce offspring that consistently exhibits the characteristics of the original Juliana pig.
General appearance: The Juliana is a small, colorfully spotted pig. It more closely resembles a small version of a large hog or feral pig then it does the Pot Belly pig. It should be lean, longer then it is tall, and athletic in appearance. The Juliana should never be pudgy, heavily wrinkled, or sluggish in appearance.
Head: The most prominent feature of the head is a long straight snout that is neither turned up nor snubbed. Eyes are almond shaped, clearly visible, and can be blue to almost black. Ears are small and erect. Heavy jowls are to be discouraged.
Body: Lean and muscular the Juliana pig should never look round or flabby. The top line should be straight and of good length. Chest and shoulders should be of medium width, neither broad nor narrow. A slight sway in the back is permissible but discouraged. Belly should be clean and firm. A slight roundness in the belly is permissible, but there should not be a 'Pot belly' present. Leniency is given to sows who have produced litters.
Legs: Set well apart, straight when viewed from the front and rear. Front legs should be set under the shoulders but converge when in motion. Two toes of even length and two dewclaws on each foot. Rear legs should be set apart, but under the body. In motion the legs will converge. When viewed from the side, hocks should be set slightly back and be strong. Hocks should never be luxating or weak.
Tail: Straight when relaxed with a switch on the end. When excited or in motion the Juliana tail may curl or twist.
Color: Always spotted the base color can be silver, white, red, rust, black, or cream. Spots are generally black but can also be red or white. Spotting should be profuse and random, not in a piebald pattern. Spotting may fade or blend in as the hair coat gets longer, but pigmentation on the skin must be visible when washed or shaved. Hair coat is coarse, thick and may be quite long in the winter.
Size: On average the Juliana pig is 15-17 inches in height. Disqualifications: A solid coloration with no spotting. Height over 19 inches. Lifespan: Up to 20 years. They are definitely a long term commitment. They are very loyal to their family so making sure that you can have one for its full lifespan is best for all parties. --------------------------------- The GOOD
Curious, inquisitive and smart
Food motivated, easy to train
Personable and snugly
All sorts of funny and unique noises; good communicators
Non shedding; no fur
Low maintenance cost
Get along great with other pets
Love sunbathing and relaxing in a kiddie pool
Relatively easy to care for
Funny, entertaining, and full of personality
Can get into mischief if bored or unsupervised
Will eat, eat, and eat some more; become overweight
Want to be on your lap ALL the time, hard to get anything done :)
Can be loud if scared or demanding food when they are little
Can suffer from dry skin; have itching and flaking skin if not lotioned
Higher initial purchase cost
Can likely root up areas in your yard when the ground is soft after a rain
Definitely need shelter/heated living area for the winter. Brrrrr.
Can be difficult to contain (strong + smart = escape artist)
Can be manipulative/pushy/demanding IF you let them get away with it
We are a registered breeder through the JPAR. We are set to a high standard of ethics. We value our position within this registry and strive each day to educate others on this wonderful breed of mini pig.
We encourage anyone who is looking to learn more about the Juliana Pig Breed to visit their website and look around.