breed has very ancient origins (Teano or Pelatella): in fact it is
frequently represented in frescoes and sculptures of Roman times. It is
certainly the most precocious among Italian breeds, being able to give large
amounts of fat. At the age of one year these pigs may weigh over 150 kg. The
present situation about this breed is crucial, as only few examples still live,
and not all of them are full-blooded. Rustic, excellent at grazing, frugal and
precocious, they have all the right features to be raised in the open. Their
fertility is limited to an average of 4-6 piglets each delivery up to a maximum
absent or present in reduced number, that is why the nickname of Pelatella.
Another distinctive element is the presence of two lacinias (jowls) under the
The head is small
with medium-sized parallel ears, which they bear forward. The frontal nose
profile is straight or just hollow. Short solid limbs and a light skeleton. The
colour is dark often getting to purple brown.
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