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Ever See a Tamworth Pig Like This One?

Purebred Tamworth Barrow
Several years ago I was surprised to have a pig that looked more like a Oxford Sandy & Black pig from England. I was surprised because it was the offspring of a registered pair of Tamworth!

It was my when I first started breeding Tamworth Swine so I thought "wow you mean a breed this old doesn't always breed true?"

According to what I had read and in talking to other breeders they had all said Tamworth pigs always breed true.

The Oklahoma State University website says: "It is one of the most prepotent of the breeds in fixing its type of offspring."

I inquired around to some other breeders online and showed them picture and not a one had seen a Tamworth pig like this.


Spot with some of his littermates
I suppose there are all kinds of theories that could be discussed such as perhaps maybe some Gloucestershire Old Spot blood was mixed in long, long, ago while improving the breed and it surfaced by breeding this pair.

Another theory, which is the one I ascribe to, is this is what some Tamworth looked like (as far as coloring) when the breed was first improved.

I have read some old texts indicated some very early Tamworth swine had a sandy color with black spots.

Whatever the case we bred that particular pair of Tamworth five times and every time she had one and only one that looked like that.

Anybody else ever see a Tamworth pig with this coloring?



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Good morning!
We raise Tamworth, Large Black, Old Spots, Spots and combinations there of. Your little baby looks just like what I get from a Tammy mom and an Old spot boar combination. In our experience, tamworths do indeed breed very true:however, you do see an occassional spot or two on the skin with Tamworths even at the National Tamworth Swine Show and Sale in Greencastle, IN. I would say one or both of this particular pair has some Old Spot hiding in there someplace. They sure are cute!
God's love and blessings from a fellow pig lover,
Stephanie Antaya
Antaya Acres Heritage Farm
Silverwood, MI

Posted by Stephanie Antaya on January 29, 2011 at 08:56 AM EST #

We've crossed Tams with Old Spots before but at the time we didn't have any Old Spots or I would have thought that's what happened.

I prefer Tams to have a few black specks or a spot or two. One of our particular lines has a few black spots. I didn't mention it in my post, but these spotted Tamworth always grew like crazy.


Posted by David on January 29, 2011 at 09:53 AM EST #

I too have pure Tamworths and I have the same color cropping up in the litters of one of my sows. They are identical to yours! Go figure...

Posted by Karen on February 07, 2011 at 04:20 PM EST #

Thanks for sharing that. I'm wondering how often folks are seeing this....


Posted by David on February 07, 2011 at 04:27 PM EST #

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