Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Jan 16, 2013
The somewhat unimaginatively named Large or Middle White pig is all over the place, probably one of the most common pig breeds in the world. The idea that most people have in their heads based on the concept of 'pig' is of a Large or Middle White: large, white, and pig shaped.
It's easy to understand the reasons for their popularity and commercial success: they are highly successful breeders, routinely having 10-12 piglets in each litter, and able to have two litters per year.
Selective breeding has also refined their shape to give optimal meat outcomes: long sides and huge hams.
Large and Middle Whites are said to fare well either outside or in, but must be offered some protection from direct sun in hot countries, as they will suffer from sunburn.