Large White pig

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Large White
A Large White boar
A Large White boar
Other names
  • Yorkshire pig
  • English Large White
Country of origin England
  • Pig
  • Sus scrofa domesticus

The Large White, also known as the English Large White, is a breed of domestic pig originating in Yorkshire, hence also known as the Yorkshire pig.

First recognized in 1868, the breed is the progenitor of the American Yorkshire (or simply Yorkshire) in North America.[1] The Large White is one of the most numerous of all pig breeds widely used in crossbreeding for intensive pig farming around the world.[2]

True to its name, the breed is a big, white-skinned pig, with erect ears and a dished face. It was originally developed as an outdoor breed, but today it is one of those favored by commercial pig breeders, lending uniformity to pigs produced for meat on a large scale.[3]

They are the most eaten pigs in the US and in the UK, therefore constituting a prolific breed.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ McDonald-Brown, Linda (2009). Choosing and Keeping Pigs. Firefly Books. ISBN 978-1-55407-469-3. 
  2. ^ "Large White". Oklahoma State University Dept. of Animal Science. 
  3. ^ "The Large White". The British Pig Association.