Large White pig

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Large White
a white pig with upright ears
Other names
  • Yorkshire
Country of originUnited Kingdom
StandardBritish Pig Association
  • Pig
  • Sus scrofa domesticus

The Large White is a British breed of domestic pig. It derives from the old Yorkshire breed from the county of Yorkshire, in northern England.


First recognised in 1868, the breed is the progenitor of the American Yorkshire in North America.[1]


A sow with piglets

The Large White is a big, white pig, with erect ears and a slightly dished face.[2]


A Large White in a sty

The Large White is one of the most numerous of all pig breeds, widely used in crossbreeding for intensive pig farming around the world.[3] It was originally developed as an outdoor breed, but today it is one of those favoured by commercial pig breeders, lending uniformity to pigs produced for meat on a large scale.[4]


  1. ^ McDonald-Brown, Linda (2009). Choosing and Keeping Pigs. Firefly Books. ISBN 978-1-55407-469-3.
  2. ^ Breed Standard and Standards of Excellence: Large White. British Pig Association. Accessed January 2018.
  3. ^ "Large White". Oklahoma State University Dept. of Animal Science.
  4. ^ The Large White. British Pig Association. Accessed January 2018.