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rnrnBlue wild pigsrnwere reported in North Canterbury, New Zealand, in the early twentieth century.rnA 1922 publication noted: "Perhaps the most interesting specimen of thernwild pig in this Dominion is the blue pig found in the Mount Grey and Kareturndistricts, North Canterbury. The blue color is produced by a blend ofrnapparently equal numbers of white and black hairs. So fixed is the type thatrnblue pigs may be found in a litter with blacks or black and whites. The bluernpig, evidently, is the result of a cross between a black pig and a white pig,rnand the progeny crossed and inbred until the two breeds are absolutely blendedrnas far as color is concerned."

rnrnIn a study ofrnwild pigs in the northern part of the South Island of New Zealand in 1991, thernwriters reported that as there was no record of grey/blue domesticated pigs inrnCanterbury it could be assumed that these came from "a wild or semi-wildrnbreed, imported by British settlers who served with the colonial army or publicrnservice in India. These Indian colonists were renowned for hunting wild boar,rnand had earlier introduced European wild pigs into India. When they moved tornNew Zealand, they imported a wide variety of wild game ... including pigs inrnCanterbury, which were subsequently hunted on horseback and killed with spears Because of its large size and aggressivenessrnthe Canterbury grey/blue breed appears close to the Ukrainian wild boar whichrnis the largest and most aggressive of the wild boars. Other features in commonrnare skull shape, coat colour, and the presence of dense underwool."

rnrnContent and Photo Source: New ZealandrnRare Breeds (http://www.rarebreeds.co.nz)rnrn

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