Pigs called kunekune, which are pronouced "cooney cooney," are a wise choice for small farms. Kunekune is a Maori word that means "big and round." These medium-sized, tasseled, sweet-natured pigs are native to New Zealand. Although no one is certain, it is believed that they are a hybrid of pigs from Indonesia and Berkshire, Poland China, and possibly Gloucester Old Spots.


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 two breed registries for KuneKune pigs. The International KuneKune Hog Registry and the American KuneKune Pig Society. Breeders may register with either organization or with both.

The IKHR, previously the AKPR, was established in 2006 as the first official foundation registry. Access to the herd book, litter notices, registrations, and transfers are all completely free. When you join IKHR, you'll get a herd book prefix that's specific to your farm name. Our herd book prefix, for example, is BFF – BF Farm. In 2013, AKKPS became the second official breed registry to go online.

Once you decide to take the plunge, visit the two 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.