Pulling Pork - The Angeln Saddleback Pig


This week’s featured pig breed is a rare domestic German breed, only developed in the early 1930’s, the Angeln Saddleback pig.

Pulling Pork - The Angeln Saddleback Pig

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This week’s featured pig breed is a rare domestic German breed, only developed in the early 1930’s, the Angeln Saddleback pig.

The Angeln Saddleback pig breed is one native to Germany and developed through crossing local black and white Landrace pigs with the Wessex Saddleback breed read about the Wessex Saddleback here.

This occurred in the early 1930’s, with the breed officially established in 1937. Interest in the Angeln Saddleback began to grow from here due to its ‘fatty’ nature and populations began to subsequently increase thereafter.

Recent years has seen populations decline, as the markets moved towards a less fatty pork-type in the 1950’s. This lead to the breed been listed as rare. The breed is also known as the Angler Sadelsvin in Denmark and the Angler Sattelschwein. It originates in the Angeln region of North Germany.

Uses and Characteristics -
A large breed of pig, the Angeln Saddleback breed is mainly raised for pork production purposes.



The breed is generally black in colour, with a white band around its body. The breed also have lop-shaped ears and are a very hardy breed. The Angeln Saddleback breed also has a very powerful nose, which it uses to forage for food.

At full maturity, boars can reach up to 92cms in height and an average live body weight of 350kgs. Sows, meanwhile, usually reach up to 84cms tall and 300kgs in weight.
Sows have excellent maternal skills and are generally very fertile. They also produce an abundance of milk for their young. Sows tend to have litter sizes of up to 12 piglets, though averaging from 6 to 12.

Also, a very hardy breed, the Angeln Saddleback are sited to both outdoor and extensive pig farm systems. They tend to live for anything up to 10 years old and are a very clean pig breed.

A breed only developed less than 100 years ago, thankfully the Angeln Saddleback survives to this day.

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