Man's New Best Friend... Teacup Pig?????

Tiny 'teacup' pigs are the latest pet craze

Animal lovers are going hog wild over a new breed of miniature pet.

"Teacup" pigs have became the latest trendy pet in England.

The little piggies weigh just over half a pound at birth and only grow to 12 to 16 inches high, topping out at about 65 pounds - rather svelte in the pig world.

"It's about the size of a small spaniel," said Jane Croft, a teacup pig breeder who appeared Wednesday morning on NBC's "Today."

"They make fantastic pets. They're really clean. They're highly intelligent and just love to be loved. They give so much back to you."

Croft, 42, began breeding the porkers five months ago.

The animals are a cross between potbellied pigs that were popular a few years ago - George Clooney kept one as a pet - with the Tamworth, Kune Kune and Gloucester Old Spot breeds, according to

Like many mini-dog breeds, teacup pigs are expensive. Croft only sells them in pairs - at $1,100 each - and she has strict guidelines for prospective buyers.

Because the piglets are intelligent and bore easily, she won't sell them to anyone who can't be home all day to entertain the critters.

People looking to buy the pigs have to be "real loving and be prepared to spend a lot of time playing with them," said Croft, "because they just love the attention."

So far, teacups are only sold in Britain, where "Harry Potter" co-star Rupert Grint, who plays boy wizard Ron Weasley, is among the celebs who have purchased a piglet pair.

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