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Kune Kune pigs from Brambles Special BreedsWelcome to the Brambles Kune Kune Pigs section of our web site. If you have now decided the time is right to invest in some pigs either as pets or for breeding, we would love to share our knowledge and experiences with you.

The Kune Kune pig is a smallholder’s delight often becoming “Man’s best friend”, a tickle under the tummy and they’re yours. Many owners treat them as they would a pet dog, even living indoors.  All pigs are very friendly and inquisitive, but the bigger ones are extremely strong and so controlling where they stay or go is quite a skill.  So the smaller Kune Kune’s are ideal families with younger children.

Kune Kune pigs thrive on human company and if you buy them whilst still young they are easy to train. Many of our customers come back with stories of how well they respond to daily routines, and how the piglets join in with other members of the family, and fit in very well with the pet dog too.

We started off with just two gilts as pets and were so taken by them that we decided to breed. Having had experience of breeding with our Angora goats we knew something about what we were taking on. However, before you embark on a field full of pigs, if you’re not already experienced, it would be best to buy a couple as pets (maybe castrated weaners).  Learning about their habits and behaviour will give you confidence and help you decide whether you’d like to take on more.

The Kune Kune pig is of Asian origin but developed its present form in New Zealand kept by the Maori communities. Kune Kune pigs are relatively small and highly distinctive, characterized by a short-legged and dumpy build, pot belly with short upturned nose and a generally fat appearance.

Kune Kune pigs are relatively small pigs growing to around 24” – 30” high, compared to the large pigs produced for meat. Although a few people do breed Kune Kune’s for meat, we prefer to encourage their existence for the shear fun of having them around.

A unique feature of the Kune Kune is the Piri Piri (tassels) hanging from their lower jaw. However, not all Kune Kune’s have Piri piris (and they have been known to drop off).

Kune Kune PigletsThe standard breed colours range is: Black, black/white; Cream; Black/Ginger; Brown, Ginger or Ginger/Black. They are predominantly spotty although you can get a single colour, even from a spotty breeding pair.     

We would encourage you to see them in their environment, and consider if this change in lifestyle is for you. Please feel free to contact us at any time for a chat or better still arrange a visit to see our pigs.

Call Julie or Alan on 01684 833336.

Be warned - you will love them!


 

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