About Small Black Pigs
Small Black, or
Suffolk, Pigs are extinct pigs from the United Kingdom during the
Their origin is uncertain, but mostly
likely there were a cross between Essex pigs and foreign breeds in efforts to improve it.
The Small Black closely resembled the, also now extinct, Small White, except
they were black and had pricked ears and a short upturned snout - which
indicates a contribution from imported Chinese pigs.
Small Black Pigs seems to have had a rather mixed reputation
amongst agriculturalists. By the turn of the 20th century they were quickly becoming
unpopular and they were said to have "a delicate constitution" and
"a too large percentage of fat", although it matured early.
They appear to have disappeared in the early 20th century,
when they were eventually merged into the Large Black Pigs.