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Kune Kune Pig

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Other common names: Kunekune

The basics:
The Kune Kune pig is a small breed of domestic pig from New Zealand. The Kune Kune are believed to be descended from an Asian domestic breed introduced to New Zealand in the early 1800s by whalers or traders. Kune Kune are quite different from the feral pig known in New Zealand as a "Captain Cooker". Kune Kune were traditionally kept by the native Maori people, and kunekune means "chubby" in the Maori language.

According to the New Zealand Kunekune Association, "Following the steady arrival of European settlers in New Zealand, the Kune Kune population began to plunge. Many of the Maori tribes that had before relied on the pigs for meat and fat were turning to European ways of feeding themselves instead, and the kune population subsequently decreased. Until recently the few remaining specimens lived on small farms in Te Kuiti and the Waharoa district in Northland. Luckily for the breed, in the early 1980's Michael Willis and John Simister, two wildlife park owners, realised the serious danger of extinction the Kune population faced. As there were only about fifty purebred pigs left in the country, the breeders searched the country for kune kunes, buying ten sows and four boars off various breeders and farmers and brought the pigs to live in the South Island to breed.

With the help of the continually growing number of breeders and owners outside New Zealand kune kunes are now living all over the world from Guatemala to North America and in Britain where, after their arrival in 1992, the pigs have become very popular."

Appearance / health:
Kune Kune pigs are a hairy, short-legged, short-snouted pig with a very rounded body. They can have tassels (or pire pire) hanging from their lower jaw. Their colors include black and white, ginger, white, gold, tan and brown. The tassels, or pire pire, are about 4cm long and hang from the lower jaw.
Despite their energy and gregarious nature, Pigs are sensitive animals. They are easily stressed by travel, vaccinations, extreme temperatures, and new surroundings. Stress makes them susceptible to ailments like pneumonia and bronchitis (due also to their small lungs relative to their size). They are also susceptible to animal viruses like influenza. Pigs commonly suffer from mad itch (or pseudo rabies), dysentery, and parasites (lice, ticks, and ascarid worms).

Healthy pigs have shiny hair, bright eyes, strong appetites, and high energy. Their normal temperature is 102.5F. Deviations from the normal temperature and other signs of poor health including diarrhea and coughing should promptly be brought to the attention of a veterinarian.

Behavior / temperament:
The Kune Kune Pig is intelligent, resourceful, and affectionate.

Housing / diet:
Pigs are active, curious animals that require room to explore, exercise, and just be their natural energetic selves. Sufficient space, relative to their size and weight, is a primary consideration because pigs that are crowded or confined to small spaces become stressed, and healthy growth and development is hindered.

Although constantly roaming and appreciative of open yards and fresh air, pigs also require a shed or housing that will let them sleep on a dry and clean area at night. Ideal ambient temperatures are 60-70F. Warm shelters with wood chip bedding are a must during cold months; water misters are recommended for the hottest months.

Pig housing should also include a feeder and a drinking water dispenser (usually a water barrel). Access to a water source makes it convenient to clean or hose out the pig shelters (and the pigs) as needed. Chain link fencing, shade trees, and a pond are recommended for backyard habitats.

Pig owners are advised to check with local authorities for legislation regarding the ownership and keeping of pigs in their homes and backyards.

As omnivores that eat plants and animals, pigs will consume almost anything that is edible like fruits, roots, flowers, grass, insects, worms, all types of meat, and even leftover scraps from the dinner table.

Unlike ruminant animals (cattle and goats), pigs have a single stomach. For healthy and fast growth, pigs require a high-energy diet composed of grain (corn, oats, wheat, barley), plus protein and vitamin supplements. Most commercially available feed for pigs combine various farm grains and the necessary supplements to ensure rapid and efficient development.

Pigs are best allowed to self-feed or eat as much as they want during the day to enable them to grow as fast as they normally can. Feeding should always include a good supply of clean, fresh drinking water.

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