Scientific name: Sus domesticus
Domestic pigs come from a cross between different pigs from Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Their relationship to bred pigs is similar to ponies’ relationship to horses. Today, they have the status of pets. Did you know that George Clooney spent 19 years of his life with a domestic pig called Max?
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Their cousins with farm pigs and wild boar
Domestic pigs belong to the same species as farm pigs and wild boar, so they can be crossbred.
- Length: 60 cm maximum
- Weight: 45 kg
- Gestation period: 114 days of gestation with up to 10 piglets per litter and a birth weight of 500 g
- Life expectancy: 20 years
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A sub-species that's beginning to be protected
The native sub-species of domestic pigs only existed in the mountainous regions of Vietnam and Thailand. The Vietnamese government has begun to financially help local breeders who still breed native domestic pigs. These pigs reproduce less easily than others. It was urgent that help came to these breeders in order to help preserve the species.