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A breed of lop-eared pig, which has been known under several names, but was once associated with the Celtic regions of the British Isles. It was first recognised in the Tavistock area, where it was called the 'Devon Lop', or sometimes the 'Cornish White Pig'. It spread throughout the south west of the country, as far as Somerset and Dorset, but it was rarely-seen beyond that vicinity. Up to the 1960's it was called the 'National Long White Lop-eared Pig' - but its name was then changed to the British Lop.
It's one of our largest breeds, but is extremely docile - being pure white in colour.
The breed is now under serious threat, and a survey taken in 2000, estimated there were only about 200 breeding sows remaining.
There is a breed society, so for more information, contact:
The British Lop Society, Mr. Frank Miller (Secretary), Farm Five, The Moss, Whixall, Shropshire, SY13 2PF Tel: 01948-880243. www.britishloppig.org.uk (http://www.britishloppig.org.uk) email: firstname.lastname@example.org See 'Rare Breeds Survival Trust'