About British Saddleback Pigs
Saddleback pigs are a breed of domestic pig created in the 20th century from the cross-breeding
of Essex and Wessex Saddleback breeds.
20th century Lord
Western, while travelling in Italy,
saw some Neapolitan pigs and decided that they were just what he needed to improve the
breed of Essex pigs. He bought a pair of Neapolitan boars and crossed them with
Essex sows. One Lord Western’s tenants named Fisher Hobbs of Boxted Lodge then used
the Neapolitan-Essex boars and crossed them with his coarse Essex sows and in
process established the Improved Essex breed.
Saddleback pigs have a black head and neck, as well as a clearly defined belt of
white extending over the shoulders and continuing over the forelegs. The rest
of the body is black with the exception of white feet and the tip of the tail. British
Saddlebacks are hardy and noted for their mothering ability. The breed
continues to be used mainly to provide colored dams for the production of first-cross
porkers, baconers and heavy pigs.