About Mangalitsa Pigs
Mangalica Pigs (sometimes
spelled Mangalitsa (USA) or Mangalitza (UK)) is a
Hungarian breed of pig that was developed in the 19th century by cross-breeding
the traditional Hungarian Bakonyi and Szalontai breeds with imported Sumadia
pigs from Serbia.
Mangalitsa pigs have a thick
hairy coat similar to that of a sheep. The only other pig breed noted for
having a long coat is the extinct Lincolnshire Curly Coat of England.
The Mangalitsa is a lardpig, with a high fat content in the meat; they are
large and round. Because of the drop in demand for lard, the popularity of the
breed has declined and they are now regarded as a rare breed.