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Kune Kune Pigs


Drift, Drove or Litter








up to 16 years


114 days


Asia, introduced to New Zealand and now domesticated worldwide.


Woodland and grassland


Herbivores - Grasses and roughage

Conservation Status:

Less than 2000 in the world

The Kune Kune pig Sus scrofa kune kune is one of the most well known types of domesticated pig in the world, however it is actually classed as a rare breed with less than 2000 pure bred Kune Kune’s in the world. Domesticated Kune Kune’s originate from New Zealand but it is thought their wild ancestors came there from Asia in the 1800’s, on trading ships and whaling boats. The Maori people of New Zealand gave them their name ‘Kune Kune’, which means fat and round.

The Kune Kune is one of the smallest of domesticated pig species, growing up to 70cm tall, and weighing up to 100kg.They are completely covered in hair which can be short, or long, and either straight or curly. This coat will change throughout winter and summer, becoming shorter and less dense in warmer months. They can be found in a range of colours, most commonly black and white, black, cream, ginger, or patchy in colour. The body is short and round, bred for meat they have a stocky body, with short legs. The head features a short snout, with either prick or flopped ears. One unusual feature of a Kune Kune is the common occurrence of wattles (small fleshy tassels), known as pire pire, which hang from beneath the chin. These aren’t present in all Kune Kunes but are very common. 

They are a very placid and social animal, often craving the company of humans, with a quiet temperament.


Did you know?

In the 1970’s the species faced extinction, with only nine pure bred Kune’s left in New Zealand