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The quest for delicious pigs...Some of Carl Edgar Blake II's pigs, an Iowa Swabian Hall, left, and a Meishan sow, at a finishing farm. An Iowa Farmer’s Quest for No Ordinary Pig- Stephen Mally for The New York Times

The Meishan pig is a sub-group of the Taihu pig and is a small to medium-sized breed with large drooping ears, and wrinkled black skin. Native to a mild climate in Southern China, the breed is best known for its large litters of 15-16 piglets. Meishan pigs are perhaps one of the most prolific breeds of pig in the world. It is quite common to have two litters per year.

Pig from Meishan, China

Meishan pig

GERMANY, Berlin : A Meishan pig is pictured in its enclosure in the zoo Tierpark in Berlin, Germany on June 28, 2013. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE

Meishan pig. It's like the bulldog of pigs!

Meishan Pig - soooo cute!

Two Meishan pigs stand in their enclosure in the zoo Tierpark in Berlin, Germany on June 28.

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Meishan pigs ~ maternal bliss. photo by Mark Sutherland

Twelve Heritage Pig Breeds | Big Picture Agriculture

Twelve Heritage Pig Breeds | Big Picture Agriculture

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At the Tierpark Zoo in Berlin, Germany, two Meishan pigs stand in their enclosure. So unique-looking!