The Oxford Sandy and Black pig is a breed of domestic pig originating in Oxfordshire, England. As the name suggests, the breed has a base of sandy brown color with black patches. And it was named for it’s coloration. Although, the breed is also sometimes called by some other names such as Oxford Forest Pig or Plum Pudding. It is a very old breed which is native to Britain and has existed for about 200-300 years. And the breed is one of the oldest pig breeds and related to the old Berkshire and Tamworth pig breeds.
Currently total number of the Oxford Sandy and Black pig is increasing, but it was once neared extinction. The breed society named ‘The Oxford Sandy & Black Pig Society‘, is helping to recover total numbers of the breed. Read more information about the breed below.
Oxford Sandy and Black Pig Characteristics
The Oxford Sandy and Black pig is a medium to large sized animal. It has a base of sandy brown color with black patches. It has a white blaze, feet and tassel. It’s body is of good length and deep.
The animals have fine shoulders and good quarters. Their legs are strong and feet are well set, which give them a free and active gait. Their head is moderately strong or slightly dished with lop or semi lop ears. Photo and info from ansi.okstate.edu and Wikipedia.
Oxford Sandy and Black pig is a hardy breed and very suited for being reared outdoors. It has many good qualities and is usually docile in temperament and the sows have very good mothering abilities. The sows are prolific and care for their piglets very well. Oxford Sandy and Black pigs are excellent foragers and forage pretty well in outdoor management system. Because of their body coloration they are far less prone to sunburn. Review full breed profile of the Oxford Sandy and Black pig in the following chart.
Oxford Sandy and Black Pig | Breed Profile
|Breed Name||Oxford Sandy and Black|
|Other Name||Oxford Forest Pig or Plum Pudding|
|Special Notes||Hardy, very good for raising outdoors, docile temperament, sows have very good mothering abilities, prolific, excellent foragers, less prone to sunburn|
|Breed Size||Medium to large|
|Climate Tolerance||Native climates|
|Coat Color||Base of sandy brown color with black patches|
|Country/Place of Origin||England|