INTRODUCTION

 

The pig has becoming a very popular both as an indoor and outdoor pet.  Many people treat their pigs as they would dogs and cats and, whilst this ‘Tender Loving Care’ is very

commendable, unfortunately it can sometimes present problems for the pig itself.  This booklet attempts to set out the ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ for owners of pet pigs.  In the hope that they will be more understanding of the needs and requirements of their new and exciting pets.

 

History

 

 

The VIETNAMESE POT BELLIED PIG is to be found naturally in the forests of South East Asia, especially around Vietnam. the natives of the region have domesticated what they call the Chinese House Pig, but because of the use of toxic defoliants

in the area, not many of these pigs are now to be found in Vietnam.  The Pot Bellied Pig came to the EU through Sweden and Canada and has made inroads throughout North America.

 

 

The KUNE KUNE PIG is thought to have been brought to New Zealand either by the Maoris or by early Chinese settlers.  Very few of these pigs are to be found in New Zealand, but attempts are now being made to increase their numbers and recently a

small number have been imported into the United Kingdom.  As they have always lived in contact with humans, these pigs have developed a very pleasant temperament and will make excellent pets. 

 

In addition to these two specific breeds, there are many local rare breeds of pigs, all of which make admirable outdoor pets.  However, a number of these can reach considerable size (over 200 kg) and are not suitable for a home.

 


A sample of some rare breeds

British Type Pig breeds can be broadly divided into two main groups

“Old fashioned”, with flopped ears and long Roman noses – Landrace like

And “modern-improved” with pricked ears and a dished face – Large White (Yorkshire) like

 

“Old fashioned” – based on the European Middle ages pig

British Saddleback

Large Black

Gloucester Old Spot

 

Modern improved pigs – based on 17 Century Chinese pigs on the “middle ages” type

Middle White

Tamworth

Oxford Sandy

 

Sadly, the lack of awareness and preservation of pig breeds have allowed several breeding is disappear, one that almost made it was the Lincolnshire Curly Coated Pig

 

 


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