The Fengjing pig is a domestic breed of swine native to Shanghai in China. The breed gained its name from its native region and a town located there, Fengjing.
The breed is classified as a Taihu breed, due to the mild subtropical climate from where it hails. Although mainly found in Asia, the breed was actually imported into the US in 1989. A rather unusual looking breed, they are probably best known for their ability to have large litters, hardiness and the tastiness of their meat.
Uses and Characteristics -
Although a small sized pig, the Fengjing breed are very popular within the meat production markets, especially in China.
This is due to the excellent, succulent taste from the meat, due in part to their slow growth rate. The breed were most popular in China during the late Qing Dynasty, with over 200,000 pigs processed annually. In recent years, the breed has become more popular in Western countries. Breeders throughout the world are now crossing the Fengjing breed with other domestic breeds, with the aim of producing larger litters and offspring which are better resistant to disease.
A small breed which are usually black in colour, the Fengjing have large floppy ears and a very distinguishable wrinkly face and body, for which they are widely known. At full maturity, both sows and boars will weigh anything up to 70kgs. Height wise, mature boars can reach over 70cms tall, with sows reaching a maximum of 69cms.
A very hardy animal, with very high breeding rates, a Fengjing sow is capable of having up to two litters each year. Some sows can even have as many as twenty piglets in one batch! Generally, sows will have an average of 12 piglets in their first litter. The breed are also early maturing and can reach puberty as young as 3 months old.
A small but powerful breed and one of the world’s most prolific, the Fengjing pig.