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Gloucestershire old spot pig

Children’s Farms·Mammal

The Gloucestershire old spot pig originated in England in the 1800s. The old spot is in danger of becoming a lost breed due to the commercialization of the swine industry and its emphasis on breeds that are kept indoors. This pig has one or two spots per side, but used to be spottier. A 1939 marketing scheme penalized spots, so breeders selectively bred the pigs to reduce the number of spots. Fewer than 200 Gloucestershire old spots are registered annually in the U.S.

  • Conservation StatusCritically Rare
  • Native habitat Farms of England, United States
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