The American Guinea Hog is an endangered heritage breed. Also called the Yard Hog or Acorn Hog, this relatively small, black breed of hog is thought to have been bred from hogs brought over in the late 18th century from West Africa.

The Guinea Hog’s popularity dwindled with the industrialization of agriculture and the loss of foraging land. The Guinea Hog is known for its docile temperament and was at one point one of the most common breeds along the East Coast, and especially in the southern states. Our three hogs, MONA, LISA, and DORA are all female and mainly treated as pets, although the breed was popular for its meat during the 19th century. Hogs in general are not very picky eaters, enjoying anything from corn, to weeds such as clover, to grubs, and even errant fingers.

 

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