Blue wild pigs
were reported in North Canterbury, New Zealand, in the early twentieth century.
A 1922 publication noted: Perhaps the most interesting specimen of the
wild pig in this Dominion is the blue pig found in the Mount Grey and Karetu
districts, North Canterbury. The blue color is produced by a blend of
apparently equal numbers of white and black hairs. So fixed is the type that
blue pigs may be found in a litter with blacks or black and whites. The blue
pig, evidently, is the result of a cross between a black pig and a white pig,
and the progeny crossed and inbred until the two breeds are absolutely blended
as far as color is concerned.
In a study of
wild pigs in the northern part of the South Island of New Zealand in 1991, the
writers reported that as there was no record of grey/blue domesticated pigs in
Canterbury it could be assumed that these came from a wild or semi-wild
breed, imported by British settlers who served with the colonial army or public
service in India. These Indian colonists were renowned for hunting wild boar,
and had earlier introduced European wild pigs into India. When they moved to
New Zealand, they imported a wide variety of wild game ... including pigs in
Canterbury, which were subsequently hunted on horseback and killed with spears Because of its large size and aggressiveness
the Canterbury grey/blue breed appears close to the Ukrainian wild boar which
is the largest and most aggressive of the wild boars. Other features in common
are skull shape, coat colour, and the presence of dense underwool.
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Source: New Zealand Rare Breeds (http://www.rarebreeds.co.nz