KuneKune pigs are enjoying rising popularity. Due to there docile disposition and smaller size. They are an ideal pig for small farms and homesteads.
If you never owned pigs, I recommend you research as much as possible on raising Swine.
KuneKune are a unique breed and there is not much out there in print. I recommend that you search the internet, keep in mind there is a lot of misinformation out there so get more than one source.
The are three breed registries for KuneKune pigs. International KuneKune Pig Society, The International KuneKune Hog Registry and the American KuneKune Pig Society. Breeders may register with either organization or with All.
The first recognized foundation registry was created in 2006 and was known as the IKHR before becoming the AKPR. The herd book, litter notices, registrations, and transfers can all be accessed without cost. You will receive a herd book prefix when you join IKHR that is unique to your farm name. For instance, the prefix of our herd book is BFF - BF Farm. AKKPS became the second recognized breed registry to launch an online presence in 2013.
The IKKPS was established in 2022. The founder recognized the need for a registry that was solely dedicated to membership participation. IKKPS is centered around helping a breeder be successful and has wide range of membership benefits.
We encourage you to visit each registries website and choose the one that best suits your business needs; we do not endorse any registry over the others.
Once you decide to take the plunge, visit the three registries and formularize yourself with their policies and procedures. Also pay close attention to how to register litters.
When choosing a breeder, make sure there in good standing with the registry.
Buy only registered stock, even if you’re buying a pet. KuneKune are one of the few breeds that require a DNA test to qualify to be registered.
COI is one of, if not one of the most important things to look for when buying a quality KuneKune. See our page on ‘What is COI’
Ask, Ask, Ask. A good breeder will always want to share information with you. If you feel there not knowledgeable, I look for another breeder.
Once you familiarize yourself with the registries you can search the herdbook and see how many pigs and piglets they have registered.
Most breeders nowadays have a website and a presence on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram. On Facebook, there are several wonderful KuneKune groups. Join some discussion groups. Investigate. Owners of KuneKune pigs love talking about them, answer questions, and assisting newcomers. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Again, view all information with caution, there is a lot of misinformation even on these groups.