About Bentheim Black Pied Pigs
in the ”Grafschaft Bentheim” area of northern Germany, the Bentheim Black Pied
Pig is also known as the Bunts Bentheimer Schwein, which is a mid-sized breed
that is lop-eared with white with black spots in grey rings. Their best traits
are that they are hardy and long-lived, with high fertility rates with an
average of 9.2 pigs per litter. Boars average 75 cm height and 250 kg weight
and sows average 70cm height, 180 kg weight.
In Bentheim Germany in the beginning of the 20th
century the pig breeds consisted of a large number of colored swine in this
region and local breeds consisted of crosses of Berkshire and Cornwall breeds.
The Bentheim became nearly extinct in the 1950's and is now considered a rare
breed with only 100 registered breeding animals to date.