Tamworth Pig Breeders's Club

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Breed characteristics

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:

COAT

Golden-red, abundant, straight and fine. As free from black hairs as possible.

HEAD

Not too long, face slightly dished, wide between the ears, jowl light.

EARS

Rather large with a fine fringe, carried rigid and slightly inclined.

NECK

Light, medium length, proportionally and evenly set on shoulders.

CHEST

Well-sprung and not too deep.

SHOULDERS

Light, free from coarseness and in alignment with forelegs below and with wide side as seen from in front

LEGS

Strong and shapely, with good quality bone and set well outside the body. Pasterns short and springy. Pig stands well up on toes.

BACK

Long and deep.

SIDES

Long and of medium depth.

LOIN

Strong and broad.

TAIL

Set high and well tasselled

BELLY

Straight underline with at least 12 sound, evenly-spaced and well-placed teats, starting well forward.

FLANK

Full and well let-down.

HAMS

Well-developed with plenty of width and giving a firm appearance.

SKIN

Pink and free from coarseness, wrinkles and black spots

WALKING ACTION

Firm and free.

*****

OBJECTION

Black hairs growing from black spots.

n.b. When exhibiting Tamworths, oil or any other enhancement should not be used.