Facts about Tibetan pigs. Tibetan is a domestic breed of pig that is native to Tibet. The Tibetan Pigs are mostly dispersed over the drainage basin around the central part of the Brahmaputra River and the high-peak and profound valley regions between three major rivers, such as the NuRiver, the Jinsha River and the Lanlun River, situated on the eastern part of Tibet. The major habitat of the Tibetan Pig breed is within the valley zone and the forest that is situated at a height that ranges from 9570 feet to 13530 feet (2900 m to 4100 m).
The herding area of Tibetan pig breed is open, covering hilly grassland, high mountains, Jiuconggedian rangeland, and low bulrush fields. There are approximately 30,000 Tibetan pigs in this area, but at present, the distribution regions of the original Tibetan pig breeds are decreasing slowly and the pig breed is experiencing the hazard of extinction. Consistent with categorization of pig breeds in China, the Tibetan pig breed was categorized as only one of Plateau type.
Features of Tibetan pigs
The Tibetan pig breed is a small size pig that has brown or black hair color with white color patches on their forehead, at the bottom of their limbs, at the tip of the tail and beneath their axilla. The Tibetan Pig breed as well, has a narrow head, and they have a straight forehead, narrow-like mouth and tiny perpendicular ears. The back part and the waist of the Tibetan Pig breed are horizontal and a bit protrusive, with the front part of their body lying lower than their back part. The Tibetan Pig breeds have a small body length, crotch and somewhat tilted. They have physically powerful limbs, and their hair is long and firm and they have an abundance of fluff beneath the hair. Under the unfavorable conditions, the Tibetan Pig breeds are capable of tolerating and surviving, owing to quite a lot of adaptations. The Tibetan pig breed has an incredibly good vision, sensitivity to odor, strong heart, and high acknowledgment of fat.
Usually, under grazing circumstances the female Tibetan pig uses to furrow once in a year. The mean litter size of the female Tibetan Pig during the 1st, 2nd and 3rd parity is 4.76, 6.03 and 6.43 respectively. The individual piglet attains a body weight between 0.88 lbs and 1.32 lbs (0.4 kg and 0.6kg) at the time of their birth. They are weaned naturally at two to three months of their age, when they have a body weight between 4.4 lbs and 11 lbs (2 kg and 5kg).
Usually, the Tibetan pig breeds have a slow growth when compared to other pig breeds. The Tibetan Pigs are capable of attaining only a body weight between 44 lbs and 55 lbs (20 kg and 25 kg) when they attain the age of 12 months and 77 lbs and 88 lbs (35-40kg) only when they attain the age of 24 months. However, the rate of slaughter in the Tibetan Pig breeds is low, and their skin is thin. The percentage of lean meat of the Tibetan pig breeds is relatively high when compared with that of the other Chinese native pig breeds. The Tibetan female pig is employed as a dam line during crossbreeding with exotic male pigs to produce offspring with improved creation performance.
Tibetan Pigs are very intelligent, not like people think, that pigs are dumb animals. A Tibetan Pig can drink between 10 to 14 gallons (37.8 to 53 liters)of water in a day. Tibetan Pigs are omnivores like humans, an omnivores, (definition-they eat both other animals and plants). The Tibetan Pig snout is its most important tool for finding food. The Tibetan Pigs snout is used for their excellent sense of smell and they have poor eyesight.
The saliva of Tibetan Pigs contains pheromones-( A chemical substance used to attract a mate) similar to that of other pig breeds that communicate their sexual wants. The male Tibetan Pigs discharge this steroid and female pigs will go to vast lengths to acquire a smell of the sent.
Tibetan Pigs are raised for there meat such as ham, sausage, bacon and pork chops. Pigs can make great pets. "A wild male pig is called a boar"- meaning uncastrated male pig, that lives in the wild and can be hunted. "Feral pig or hog is defined as a wild boar" can be a very big danger where humans habitat.
The term Swine: is any variety of omnivorous, even-toed ungulates of the family Suidae, this includes hogs, boars and pigs having a short neck, thick skin a movable snout and a stout body.
Tibetan pigs Feet
The four feet and four toes of the pig are called "trotters" that humans eat as a delicacy called pigs feet or pigs knuckles. A Tibetan Pigs foot has four toes that are pointed downwards when the pig walks, it walks on the tips of its toes, rather than its whole foot and only uses two of the toes in the middle and the outside toes for balance. The Tibetan Pig has tougher feet at the ends that are hooves. The two toes in the middle of the foot are slightly webbed, this helps the pigs balance for walking.
A pig is the last of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. The pig represents, happiness, honesty, fortune and virility in China. A female adult pig is called a (sow) and the male adult wild pig is called a (boar). The lifespan of a Tibetan Pig is between 9 and 15 years
Tibetan Pigs do not sweat a lot, that's why they cover themselves in the mud to keep their bodies cool. The expression "sweating like a pig" comes from a reference to pig iron, which comes form iron smelting. Tibetan Pigs have small lungs compared to their body size.
Tibetan Pigs unlike is said, happen to be very clean animals. Tibetan Pigs make sure their bathroom area is far away from where they eat, lie down and rest, even piglets (baby pigs) will find a place to go to the bathroom, far away from their nest.
Tibetan Pigs have 44 teeth when full grown, when they are baby pigs (piglets) the have 28 teeth which will fall out when they are 12 months old. Just like human teeth, the Tibetan Pig has an enamel coating that makes the pigs teeth stronger and helps it curb disease. Tibetan Pigs chew their food because pigs have a digestive system similar to a human digestive system and cannot digest food that is not chewed.
"Scientific name for Pig Sus scrofa", the wild swine (Boar) from the old world with a narrow body and prominent tusks is from where most domestic swine come from. The "fear of pigs Swinophobia".