The Kunekune is a small breed of domestic pig from New Zealand. They are hairy with a rotund build, and may bear wattles hanging from their lower jaws. They have a wide arrange of colors. Black and White, Ginger, Gold-tip, Black, Brown and Tri colored are just a few. They have a docile, friendly nature, and can successfully be kept as pets.
The breed is believed to have descended from an Asian domestic breed introduced to New Zealand in the early 19th century by whalers or traders.
The Kunekune possess social learning skills and have astonishingly good memory
Kunekunes almost became extinct. It is believed that only 60 animals were left by the mid 1970s.
Two men John Simister and Michael Willis are credited for saving the species. They traveled the North Island in search for the remaining pigs. They collected 18 pigs and began breeding at Staglands and Willowbank.
After being imported into Great Britain and than the United States, they are now common enough to be commercially farmed for meat here in the United States.
They make lovely pets with their docile and loving nature