May the best boar win! (Kune Kune breed standards)

When our first piglet, Frodo, was DNA tested, we received some surprise results. His parents could not be found in the DNA registry database. While Frodo is a very good example of the breed, he can’t be registered.  We are are going to neuter him, so he will have a job as our herd barrow.

Yesterday, we received the task of judging two young boars against the breed standard.  In this blog post my Mom and I will point out the strengths and weaknesses of each pig. I personally think Little Big Man (#1)  is the better choice.

Each piglet was photographed at different angles, and individually compared to the breed standard.

BIGfeeder

MEDfeeder

The Kune Kune Breed Standard, from the AKKPS website:

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Let the best boar win!

Note from Mom: This chart is not comparing these piglets to each other. Each piglet has been individually compared to the breed standard. They only appear in columns next to each other for viewing purposes. The scores below are not one piglet versus another, they are one piglet against the breed standard above, then the other piglet against the breed standard, above.

#1
(Score against breed standard)
#2
(Score against breed standard)
HEAD
8
6
EARS
5
4
WATTLES
10
7
NECK
4
4
BODY
8
8
BACK
9
9
TAIL
4
4
LEGS
9
7
FEET
9
8
SKIN/HAIR
5
5
SEXUAL CHAR.
9
7
TEMPERAMENT
8
7
TOTAL
88
76

 

Looks like boar #1, Little Big Man, is the winner as he is closer to the breed standard than #2.  My Mom and I are not professional Kune judges, so we don’t know if our scores are on the high or low side. Little Big Man was our winner for some important reasons. Both boars are from the same litter and #1 has a size advantage. He has very defined wattles, while #2 you can’t even see them. He looks more stout and solid, like good breeding boars we’ve seen on Facebook. He’s friendlier, and as my Mom says, “he has that special something”. You can kind of see that in his pictures.

Note from Mom: This is our first exercise in judging Kunes against breed standard and is an important part of raising Kunes.  We will soon be taken to task, for we have two potential litters on the way! I hope we did a good job.

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4 thoughts on “May the best boar win! (Kune Kune breed standards)

  1. Weren’t you a little harsh on poor #2 head?
    I also thought #2 ears were inclined forward?
    #1 wattles definitely gain points!
    I was going to give #2 better legs but that was based only on the last pic 😏
    That was fun! Thanks for sharing!
    Now I will have to move to America to start a farm 😯

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    1. 🙂 We thought his head was kind of narrow, and his face not as flat as #1 (which is more desirable). Inclined ears are acceptable but his ears don’t look evenly set (one a little higher than the other) and they seem on the small side. Come visit!!!

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      1. OH and I forgot to add just how much I would love to visit and help out! Just like Connor, I love physical outdoor work too, especially with animals! I do have an American VISA now (for trip to visit our daughter) so one day for sure!

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