The Kunekune is a unique New Zealand breed of pig.
It is thought that the pigs that helped form the breed were brought to New Zealand by whalers, in the 1800s. These pigs were possibly from Asia.
In the 1970s Kune Kune were almost extinct. This means that there were almost none left. There were only about 50 known Kune Kune pigs left in New Zealand. From a pure-bred group of just 9 pigs in 1978 (6 sows and 3 boars) the Kunekune pig breed was saved and now they can be found around the world.


Very intelligent, friendly and affectionate, really enjoys company. Safe around children. Lifespan of about 8-10 years.

Did you know?

  • Kunekune is a Maori word for "plump".
  • Kune Kune pigs were prized by Maori for their quiet nature, meat and fat.
  • The fleshy tassels that hang from the pigs jaw have no purpose, they are just there.
  • They can be trained like dogs and are very social enjoying the company of people and other animals.
  • The scientific name for kune kune pig is sus scrofa
  • 2007 is a "golden" or "Red fire" Pig year, which comes around once every 60 years. Astrologers say that people born during the Year of the Pig are lucky, as a pig is a symbol of plenty, as well as of fertility, and many get married during the Year of the Pig to guarantee healthy, wealthy offspring. Have you been born in the year of the pig, see the dates below.

Famous Pigs

  • Piglet from A. A. Milne's "Winnie the Pooh"
  • Porky Pig
  • Babe (from the movies)
  • Wilbur from the book Charlottes web

The Pig

1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
Positive: The Pig can be sensible, sensual and sensitive, sweetly naive, caring, self-sacrificing, erudite, talented, open-handed, candid, outgoing, amusing, charitable, obliging, graciously hospitable and virtuous.
Negative: The Pig can also be hot-tempered, pessimistic, outrageously epicurean, earthy to a fault, sardonic, snobbish, snide, authoritarian, competitive, know-it-all, stingy, victimized and sometimes downright criminally mad at the world.