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A pig breed that was renamed in 1967 by the amalgamation of the Essex and Wessex Saddleback breeds, the modern animal exhibits all the best traits of those two similar-looking but distinctive breeds. The breed was originally used for crossing with a wild boar for outdoor production. Pedigree numbers have sharply declined in the last few years, and the breed is under serious threat. They are nowadays often crossed with a 'White' pig, the 'blue' progeny are excellent when reared in an outdoor system.
British Saddleback's are large, and lop-eared with a white band across the saddle and around the legs and shoulders and may have white hind feet and tail tip. They are renowned for their docility. A 2000 survey put the female breeding stock at around 370.
For more information contact: The British Pig Association, Scotsbridge House, Scots Hill, Richmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 3BB. Tel: 01923-695295, or the breeder's group: British Saddleback Pig Breeders' Club, Mr. Richard Lutwyche (Secretary), Freepost (GL442), Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5BR. www.saddlebacks.org.uk (http://www.saddlebacks.org.uk) email: firstname.lastname@example.org See 'Rare Breed Survival Trust'