Each breed of pig has its own “breed standard” – a check-list of desirable features. All pigs being considered for pedigree registration should be measured against the relevant breed standard, and any being shown will be marked according to the standard, too.
Here is the Tamworth breed standard:
Golden-red, abundant, straight and fine. As free from black hairs as possible.
Not too long, face slightly dished, wide between the ears, jowl light.
Rather large with a fine fringe, carried rigid and slightly inclined.
Light, medium length, proportionally and evenly set on shoulders.
Well-sprung and not too deep.
Light, free from coarseness and in alignment with forelegs below and with wide side as seen from in front
Strong and shapely, with good quality bone and set well outside the body. Pasterns short and springy. Pig stands well up on toes.
Long and deep.
Long and of medium depth.
Strong and broad.
Set high and well tasselled
Straight underline with at least 12 sound, evenly-spaced and well-placed teats, starting well forward.
Full and well let-down.
Well-developed with plenty of width and giving a firm appearance.
Pink and free from coarseness, wrinkles and black spots
Firm and free.
Black hairs growing from black spots.
n.b. When exhibiting Tamworths, oil or any other enhancement should not be used.