Breed Profile: Kunekune Pig

In America, the short-legged, short-bodied Kunekune pig is commonly thought of as a pet.

| January 24, 2014

  • The Kunekune is a diminutive, short-legged, short-bodied pig with a short- to medium-length upturned snout, wattles (also called tassels or piri piri by Kunekune breeders), and small, semi-lopped or upright ears.
    Photo by Peter Worth/Alamy
  • Introduced to New Zealand in the early 1800s by nineteenth-century whalers and traders, this little Kunekune pig was raised by the Maori people for meat.
    Illustration by Elayne Sears
  • “Homegrown Pork” by Sue Weaver is a comprehensive guide explaining how to humanely and safely raise a pig for meat in a backyard or on a small farm.
    Cover courtesy Storey Publishing

Homegrown Pork (Storey Publishing, 2013) by Sue Weaver guides you through the process of choosing a flavorful pig breed and instructs you on formulating a proper diet and providing safe and comfortable living quarters for your backyard animal. The following breed profile for the Kunekune pig is from chapter 4, “Breeds.”

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Kunekune Pig

Type: Pork (though too small to be considered modern meat)

Origin: New Zealand



Color: Black, black and white, white, gold, tan, and brown

Size: Small






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