Kunekunes



The kunekune is a small breed of domestic pig from New Zealand. Kunekune are hairy, with a rotund build and may bear wattles (or piri piri) hanging from their lower jaw. Their colour ranges from black and white, to ginger, cream, gold-tip, black, brown and tri-coloured. They have a docile, friendly nature, and – like the pot-bellied pig – are now often kept as pets.


Appearance
The kunekune is covered in hair which can be long or short, and straight or curly. Hair colours include black, brown, ginger, gold, cream and spotted combinations. It has a medium to short snout, that is black and either semi-lopped or pricked ears. It has a short, round body with short legs and two tassels (called piri piri) under its chin. The kunekune stands about 60 cm (24 inches) tall.

Personality
Kunekune are suitable for a novice owner as they are placid, friendly and love human company. They are intelligent and easy to train.

Management
Kunekune are very easy to manage as they have the ability to fatten on little more than grass. They possess no inclination to roam.

Breeding
Kunekune boars are fertile at 6 to 7 months and the gilts can become pregnant at 5 months. However gilts are not normally put to the boar until they are a year old. The sows are good mothers and the litters vary in size averaging around 7 piglets.

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