Sorry about him, by the way.
I have a family of pigs with heart problems - definitely in the genes.
Since breeders don´t generally have the same pig from birth to death, they don´t really know what the health background is and wouldn´t be able to pass that info along.
Most pigs, in my experience, start to show age related problems at the age of 3 1/2 - 4 years.
Pinta is right. Keep an eye on their teeth.
I´ll be sure to keep an eye on his weight, though. Can´t hurt to watch.
7th home? Wow, he must have had quite the life. I thought Hanna was amazing because this is her third home, but 7? That´s a lot of homes that guy was in.
That´s Mikado. Dixon is his great grandfather. It´ll be a while before he´s as pretty as Dixon though, since he was just born December 9th. His points are coming in nicely, though. If all goes well, he´s making his show debut in February!
That´s Eldorado, a Peruvian satin. I don´t think he´s related to Dixon in any way, I haven´t really thorougly went over the pedirees. He was born a month before Mikado on November 3rd, and his points are coming in great! As with Mikado, if all goes well, he´s making his show debut in February too!
I also have a himi sow and a black satin sow, though I haven´t gotten pictures of them yet. They´re trimmed and all, so they´re not going to be shown. They´re going to be bred to one of the boars though, I´m not sure which yet. Don´t jump on me for breeding; I bought the right animals, and I´ve done countless amounts of research.
When breeding for looks (and incidentally, I hate the whole idea of something being ´better quality´ because it conforms to a set of visual standards set by one person, or a group of people. Who are we to say one animal is ´better´ than another because it´s a certain colour considered nicer than another by a few people? Like when breeders talk about ´coat faults´ - faults? Says who? That´s the way the animal is! And drawing a long bow, this is exactly the sort of attitude shown by people when they judge other people´s bodies. Too fat? Too thin? Nose too big? Why - what´s the universal perfect size? Etc. etc. Sorry - rant, rant....climbing off soapbox)
ANYWAY (getting back on track) - breeding for looks often entails line and in breeding, both of which reduce the genetic variance needed for healthy animals. Cross bred animals tend to have hybrid vigour which stands them in good stead for genetic health.
Incidentally, I read an article on pedigree dogs recently, in which the writer (a vet) suggested that anyone considering a pedigree (ie. pure bred animal) should automatically take out pet insurance, because the likelyhood of health problems was much higher than for ´mutts´.
I have a pet store pig offspring, Shiraz, who could never make a show table. Chocolate satin with a white blaze and such a long snout, she looks more horse than pig. Due to the quality of the satin hair shaft her snout hairs stand straight up giving her a permanent pink nose a la W.C. Fields. Plus mild pea eye in both eyes. She´s quite the "looker".
Thanks for the complements on them! Lynx, if you like petability then you´d love Scarlett. If she sees me take anyone else out before she came out that day, she´ll squeak until someone takes her out! She distracted my mom from work earlier...