Unmistakably Meishan

The first thing you'll notice about a Meishan pig are their wrinkled faces. The ears are large, oversized, often a bit long and drooping downwards. Meishans are typically pure black, sometimes dark brown. They have sparse fur and long, straight tails. Meishans have dew claws along with hooves. A fully matured Meishan will weigh 300 to 400 pounds.

They are extremely gently, known as one of the most docile breeds of pigs. They rarely make any noise. Unlike other breeds, they are not known for escaping. They are also very content to be kept with other livestock.

Like all pigs, Meishans are quite intelligent. They have a great memory which helps make them extremely easy to handle and train. These compassionate pigs have a life expectancy of 15 to 20 years.

WHY CHOOSE a meishan



Highly Adaptable

A medium size pig that does not root is perfect for small pasture farms. They are able to acclimate in a variety of climates from Maine to Montana to Florida.


Most Prolific Pig

Reaching puberty at just 2.5 - 3 months of age, Meishans average litters of 15-16 piglets. Two litters per year is also common.


Premium Pork

Meishan pork has a unique taste. Many compare it to steak, stating the highly marbled red pork is reminiscent of a dark meat flavor.


One of the Oldest Domestic Pig Breeds

Meishan pigs originated in the Taihu Lake region of China. They were domesticated over 5,000 years ago. Prized in China and Japan for their marbled meat and superior lard and fat quality.


Critically Endangered

There are very few pure Meishans in the world today. It is estimated that less than 2,000 verifiably pure Meishans exist worldwide. In 2018, the Livestock Conservancy classified Meishans as "Critically Endangered." Meishan Preservation is committed to supporting the ongoing effort to preserve both the purity and the genetic sustainability of the Meishan Breed in North America.


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