Oxford Sandy and Black

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Oxford Sandy and Black
Oxford Sandy and Black sow
Oxford Sandy and Black sow at a pig show
Country of originEngland
  • Pig
  • Sus scrofa domesticus

The Oxford Sandy and Black is a breed of domestic pig originating in Oxfordshire. Named for its colour, which is a base of sandy brown with black patches, the breed is also sometimes called the "Plum Pudding" or "Oxford Forest pig."[1] Related to the old Berkshire and Tamworth breeds,[1] it is one of the oldest pigs native to Britain.[2]

The Oxford Sandy and Black is a hardy, docile pig suited to being reared outdoors, where its colour protects it from sunburn (which pink pigs tend to suffer from). The breed has twice neared extinction,[2] but is recovering, partly thanks to the efforts of the breed association, the Oxford Sandy & Black Pig Society.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b "Oxford Sandy and Black". Breeds of Livestock. Oklahoma State University Dept. of Animal Science.
  2. ^ a b McDonald-Brown, Linda (2009). Choosing and Keeping Pigs. Firefly Books. ISBN 978-1-55407-469-3.
  3. ^ "The Oxford Sandy & Black". britishpigs.org.uk. British Pig Association.
  4. ^ History. Oxford Sandy & Black Pig Society. Accessed October 2015.