Gascon pig

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Truie gasconne1.JPG
Sow of the Gascon breed
Conservation statusendangered
Country of originFrance
  • Pig
  • Sus scrofa domesticus

The Gascon is a rare breed of domestic pig which has survived in the more mountainous and remote regions of France. In the Midi-Pyrénées region, the Gascon survives as probably the most ancient breed of pig in France.[1]

Despite its endangered status, it has many valuable characteristics. Like most old-fashioned breeds, it is prone to becoming very fat, but it is vigorous, hardy, thrifty and tolerant of hot climates. The sows are prolific and have a good supply of milk for their litters.[1]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b Alderson, R (1994). Rare Breeds. Laurence King Publishing. ISBN 1-85669-052-0.