Danish Protest Pig

The Danish protest pig is a breed of domestic pig that that was developed in the North Frisia region of Southern Schleswig during the early twentieth century. During this period, Danish people residing in the area were not permitted to raise their country’s flag, so they bred pigs that held a striking resemblance to their flag as a protest. It is thought that this breed was developed by crossbreeding Jutlandian and Holsteinian marsh pigs, red individuals from the Angeln Saddleback breed, and Tamworth pigs from England. It was officially recognized in 1954 but was considered extinct by 1968.

In 1984, pigs that fully resembled the Danish protest pig breed were found and breeders began to breed it and register it. Today, it reaches a height of about 36 inches and weigh of 771 pounds. Breeding populations can be found in many areas including Hanover Zoo, Berlin Zoological Garden, and the ZOOM Erlebniswelt Gelsenkirchen, but there are only about 140 individuals living in the world.

Image Caption: Danish Protest Pig. Credit: Achim Raschka/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)