Chato Murciano Pigs
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Chato Murciano pigs are domestic pigs from Murcia,rnSpain. The Spanish word "chato" means "short-nosed" which is how thesernshort-nosed pigs from Murcia got their name. They are the only surviving breedrnof pig locally and historically produced in Murcia and they are at the risk of extinction. 

rnrnChato Murciano pigs arerngenerally bred for bacon and lean pork and they are well adapted to southernrnSpain's dry and warm climate. 

rnrnAlong with its shortrnnose, the Chato Murciano pigs are generally black or white color and have smallrnheads. Some tend to have white patches on parts of their body such as the tailrnand legs. 

rnrnIn Murcia, the Spanishrnwere in need of an improved breed of pig as the current Murcian type was notrnmeeting their standards. To solve this problem, they cross-bred the Murcianornwith the Victoria,Tamworth, the Large White, and the Berkshire. There were about fiftyrnthousand Chato Muciano pigs in 1865 and more than 100,000 in 1929. Unfortunatelyrnby the 1980s, Chato Murciano pigs were on the verge of extinction. But due tornprograms instigated by agriculturists and governments, the pig is graduallyrnbecoming more sustainable. 


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