Swabian-Hall Pigs originating from Schwabisch Hall in Baden-Württemberg,
Germany. They are a large pig, white in the center with a black head and rear
and narrow grey bands at the transition from white to black skin. They have
large litters averaging more than nine piglets.
They are the result of King Wilhelm going to
China and obtaining Meishan Swine and then crossbreeding them with Russian Wild
Boar that was indigenous to the country of Germany. He did this because the
indigenous pork was too lean and too dry, much the same as the current
confinement, heavily muscled, super-lean hogs in the U.S. Swabian-Hall meat was
named the world’s best pork in 1832, and then again at the 1892 Worlds Fair.