About Danish Protest Pigs
The Danish Protest Pig
is a rare breed of domestic pig. They are red but with a broad white vertical
belt and a trace of a white horizontal belt. because of their colors they resembles the Flag
of Denmark. They originated in North Frisia in Southern Schleswig in the
beginning of the 20th century, when Danes living in the area were not allowed
to raise the Danish flag and kept and displayed the Protest Pig instead, making
it a symbol of their cultural identity.
They grow to about 36” high and up to 350kg. They probably were created out
of Holsteinian and Jutlandian marsh pigs, the English Tamworth pig, and a red
variants of the Angeln Saddleback. They were recognized as a unique breed in
1954, but after a last birth in 1968, the race was considered extinct.
Luckily many years later, in 1984, pigs fully corresponding to the
descriptions of the race were seen again. Associations of breeders continue to
breed them and to register existing pigs of this breed.
Breeding populations now exist in the Berlin
Zoological Garden, the Hanover Zoo, the Tierpark Arche Warder near Kiel, in the
ZOOM Erlebniswelt Gelsenkirchen, in Dalmsdorf, Hof Lütjensee und on the
Archehof Blumencron. The Dortmund Zoo and the Tierpark Krüzen house small
populations as well. At the moment, around 140 specimens are alive worldwide.
The German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein supports preservation of the
race for its cultural value.