The KuneKune, a diminutive breed of domestic pig, is characterized by its compact, rotund build and a thick coat of hair that varies in color from black and white to ginger, cream, gold-tip, black, brown, and even tri-colored. Notably, some KuneKunes may sport wattles, small hanging pieces of flesh akin to a rooster's wattle, adding to their distinctive appearance.
Initially teetering on the brink of extinction, KuneKunes were once solely found in New Zealand, where they were cherished by the indigenous Maori people. Fortunately, concerted efforts have led to their resurgence, and they are now widely bred, cherished not only for their unique attributes but also for their endearing and friendly personalities, making them beloved companions and pets.
KuneKune pigs are particularly well-suited for homestead environments due to their grazing tendencies. Thriving on good pasture alone, they exhibit a preference for grazing over rooting, a behavior that sets them apart from other pig breeds known for their destructive rooting habits. With their short upturned noses, KuneKunes minimize damage to pastures, making them ideal additions to homesteads and small-scale farming operations seeking sustainable and low-impact pig breeds.