Pigs, or swine, are medium-sized animals in the family Suidae with a typically stocky barrel-like body with thick, sparsely haired skin and a mobile snout. Suidae are social, companionable, highly intelligent (considered to be more intelligent than dogs), creatures that love mud baths and foraging. Suidae are omnivores and feed on fungi, roots, fruit, earthworms, and more.

Female suidae and their young will typically travel together, while the males are more solitary. Litter sizes for females can range from one to twelve which the female suid will give birth to in grass, or similar, den that the young are able to leave in about 10 days. Suidae display sexual dimorphism, and the males are usually significantly larger than the females.

What is a group of swine called?

What a group of swine is called depends on the ages of the swine. A young group of swine is called a drift, drove, or littler. A group of older pigs can be called a sounder of swine, a team of hogs, a passel of hogs, or a singular of boars.

What do pigs eat?

Pigs are omnivores meaning they feed on both plants and meats. Wild pigs typically eat flowers, fruits, leaves, grass, roots, mushrooms, tree bark. They also eat garbage, worms, dead insects, and carcasses. Domesticated pigs eat farm grains like corn, oats, barley, and wheat. They also eat soybean meal, hay, and vegetables.

What is the meaning of “when pigs fly”?

The meaning of the phrase “when pigs fly” is that something is not likely to happen at all. The phrase most likely originated in either Germany or Scotland since there are various examples of the expression being used to describe an occurrence that is not physically possible.

Pigs Guides
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20”-38” | 51-97 cm
35”-71” | 90-180 cm
300-700 lb | 140-300 kg
6-10 years (farm); 15-20 years (pet)
Domestic Pig
97.000
180.000
300.000
10.00
53000
3D
Domestic Pig
2’6”-3’7” | 76-110 cm
4’3”-6’11” | 130-210 cm
220-600 lb | 100-275 kg
5 years average (wild); 15-20 years (captivity)
Giant Forest Hog
110.000
210.000
275.000
20.00
1400
3D
Giant Forest Hog
14”-20” | 36-51 cm
22”-32” | 56-130 cm
50-200 lb | 23-90 kg
5 years (typical); 12-18 years (captivity)
Miniature Pig
51.000
130.000
90.000
18.00
12000
3D
Miniature Pig
23”-26” | 58-66 cm
33”-43” | 85-110 cm
100-220 lb | 45-100 kg
Up to 20 years (wild); up to 24 years (captivity)
North Sulawesi Babirusa
66.000
110.000
100.000
24.00
150
3D
North Sulawesi Babirusa
8”-12” | 20-31 cm
22”-28” | 55-71 cm
14-22 lb | 6.5-10 kg
Up to 14 years (captivity)
Pygmy Hog
31.000
71.000
10.000
14.00
1500
3D
Pygmy Hog
1’10”-2’7” | 56-79 cm
3’4”-5’ | 102-152 cm
100-285 lb | 45-130 kg
10-12 years (wild); 15-20 years (captivity)
Red River Hog
79.000
152.000
130.000
20.00
3400
3D
Red River Hog
Warthog
41000
25”-33” | 64-84 cm
36”-60” | 91-152 cm
120-250 lb | 55-110 kg
15-18 years (wild); up to 20 years (captivity)
Warthog
84.000
152.000
110.000
20.00
41000
3D
Warthog
2’6”-3’ | 76-91 cm
5’-6’ | 152-183 cm
150-220 lb | 68-100 kg
10-14 years (wild); up to 20 years (captivity)
Wild Boar
91.000
183.000
100.000
20.00
39000
3D
Wild Boar
2’9”-3’ | 84-91 cm
5’6”-6’6” | 168-198 cm
450-750 lb | 204-340 kg
6-10 years (farm); 15-20 years (pet)
Yorkshire Pig
91.000
198.000
340.000
20.00
3500
3D
Yorkshire Pig
Pygmy Hog
Dimensioned comparison drawing of the Pygmy Hog compared to an average person

The Pygmy Hog (Porcula salvania) is a species of pig native to the alluvial grasslands of the Himalayan foothills. The only documented Pygmy Hogs today reside in Southern Bhutan and Assam, India. The Pygmy Hog is one of the smallest hogs.

Pygmy hogs have a roughly 1" (2.5 cm) long tail and dark brownish-black skin and dark hair. Pigmy Hog piglets are born grayish-pink and become white throughout the length of the body with yellow markings.

Pygmy Hogs have a height between 8”-12” (20-31 cm), body length of 22”-28” (55-71 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 14-22 lb (6.5-10 kg). The lifespan of a Pygmy Hog is typically up to 14 years in captivity.

Series of side elevation illustrations of the Pygmy Hog
The Pygmy Hog (Porcula salvania) is a species of pig native to the alluvial grasslands of the Himalayan foothills. The only documented Pygmy Hogs today reside in Southern Bhutan and Assam, India. The Pygmy Hog is one of the smallest hogs.

Pygmy Hogs have a height between 8”-12” (20-31 cm), body length of 22”-28” (55-71 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 14-22 lb (6.5-10 kg). The lifespan of a Pygmy Hog is typically up to 14 years in captivity.

Series of side elevation illustrations of the Pygmy Hog
Pygmy Hog
Height:
8”-12” | 20-31 cm
Width:
Length:
22”-28” | 55-71 cm
Depth:
Weight:
14-22 lb | 6.5-10 kg
Area:
Scientific Name
Porcula salvania
Lifespan
Up to 14 years (captivity)

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Pygmy Hog side elevation (standing), front (standing)

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Red River Hog
Comparison illustration of the size of a Red River Hog to a typical person

The Red River Hog (Potamochoerus Porcus) is a wild member of Africa's pig family with a large portion of its population found in the forests of Guinea and Congo. Red River Hogs stay close to the rainforests and preferably those areas in the vicinity of rivers or swamps. The Red River Hog has black paws and a tufted white line, striking orange to reddish-brown hair.

Adult Red River Hogs have white stripes above their eyes and on their lips and jaws, while most of the muzzle and ears are black in comparison. Male Red River Hogs possess more pronounced facial whiskers. The hair on the jaw and the flanks are longer than those on the neck.

Red River Hogs have a height between 1’10”-2’7” (56-79 cm), body length of 3’4”-5’ (102-152 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 100-285 lb (45-130 kg). The lifespan of a Red River Hog is typically 10-12 years in the wild or 15-20 years in captivity.

Collection of scaled drawings of Red River Hog in various poses
The Red River Hog (Potamochoerus Porcus) is a wild member of Africa's pig family with a large portion of its population found in the forests of Guinea and Congo. Red River Hogs stay close to the rainforests and preferably those areas in the vicinity of rivers or swamps.

Red River Hogs have a height between 1’10”-2’7” (56-79 cm), body length of 3’4”-5’ (102-152 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 100-285 lb (45-130 kg). The lifespan of a Red River Hog is typically 10-12 years in the wild or 15-20 years in captivity.

Collection of scaled drawings of Red River Hog in various poses
Red River Hog
Height:
1’10”-2’7” | 56-79 cm
Width:
Length:
3’4”-5’ | 102-152 cm
Depth:
Weight:
100-285 lb | 45-130 kg
Area:
Scientific Name
Potamochoerus porcus
Lifespan
10-12 years (wild); 15-20 years (captivity)

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Red River Hog side elevation (standing), front (standing), side (lying down)

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Domestic Pig
Scale illustration of an average domestic pig with dimensions for height and length compared to a female farmer

Domestic pigs, also referred to as swine or hogs, are stocky bodied hoofed animals that have developed for farming purposes as a subspecies of the wild boar. Raised around the world to provide valuable products for humans, Domestic Pigs are bred to be much larger than their ancestors in order to produce higher yields of meat (pork), lard, leather, glue, fertilizer, and samples for medical research. Naturally intelligent and social, Domestic Pigs are among the smartest of all domesticated animals and are often credited as being smarter than dogs.

The typical Domestic Pig has an overall height of 20”-38” (51-97 cm) and body length of 35"-71” (.9-1.8 m). An average Domestic Pig weighs between 300-700 lb (140-300 kg) and has a typical lifespan of 6-10 years on a farm or up to 15-20 years if kept as a pet.

Illustrations of a common domestic pig drawn from the side profile, front, and laying down positions
Domestic pigs, also referred to as swine or hogs, are stocky bodied hoofed animals that have developed for farming purposes as a subspecies of the wild boar. Domestic Pigs are among the smartest of all domesticated animals and are often credited as being smarter than dogs.

The typical Domestic Pig has an overall height of 20”-38” (51-97 cm) and body length of 35"-71” (.9-1.8 m). An average Domestic Pig weighs between 300-700 lb (140-300 kg) and has a typical lifespan of 6-10 years on a farm or up to 15-20 years if kept as a pet.

Illustrations of a common domestic pig drawn from the side profile, front, and laying down positions
Domestic Pig
Height:
20”-38” | 51-97 cm
Width:
Length:
35”-71” | 90-180 cm
Depth:
Weight:
300-700 lb | 140-300 kg
Area:

Uses: Pork, lard, leather, glue, fertilizer, medicines

Scientific Name
Sus domesticus
Lifespan
6-10 years (farm); 15-20 years (pet)

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Domestic Pig side elevation (standing), side (female farmer), front, side (laying down)

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Wild Boar
Dimensioned comparison drawing of the Wild Boar compared to an average person

Wild Boars (Sus scrofa) are a species of Suidae common to most of the Palearctic and has been introduced in the Nearctic, Neotropical, Oceania, Caribbean Islands, and Southeast Asia. Humans have been responsible for contributing to the wide-ranging spread of the Wild Boar as it has proved to be highly adaptable to diverse environments and habitats.

The Wild Boar is a large, heavily developed pig with small-lean legs. The trunk of the Wild Boar is short and tough, while the back of the trunk is relatively underdeveloped. The area behind the shoulder blades rises to a hump and the neck is short and thick, making it one of the body deficiencies for the Wild Boar.

Wild Boars have a height between 2’6”-3’ (76-91 cm), body length of 5’-6’ (152-183 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 150-220 lb (68-100 kg). The lifespan of a Wild Boar is typically 10-14 years in the wild and up to 20 years in captivity.

Set of standing side elevation drawings of the Wild Boar
Wild boar (Sus scrofa) is common to most of the Palearctic and has been introduced in the Nearctic, Neotropical, Oceania, the Caribbean Islands, and Southeast Asia. Human intervention has further spread it, making the species one of the largest mammals in the world, as well as the most widespread sp

Wild Boars have a height between 2’6”-3’ (76-91 cm), body length of 5’-6’ (152-183 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 150-220 lb (68-100 kg). The lifespan of a Wild Boar is typically 10-14 years in the wild and up to 20 years in captivity.

Set of standing side elevation drawings of the Wild Boar
Wild Boar
Height:
2’6”-3’ | 76-91 cm
Width:
Length:
5’-6’ | 152-183 cm
Depth:
Weight:
150-220 lb | 68-100 kg
Area:
Scientific Name
Sus scrofa
Lifespan
10-14 years (wild); up to 20 years (captivity)

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Wild Boar side elevation (standing), front (standing), side (lying down)

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Yorkshire Pig
Comparison illustration of the size of a Yorkshire Pig to a typical person

The Yorkshire Pig is one of the most popular breeds of domestic pigs used primarily for farming purposes. Yorkshire Pigs are colored lightly pink, almost like a white pig from afar. They have slightly tapered faces and straight noses. Furthermore, their tails gently curl, giving the swine a nearly whimsical appearance.

Yorkshire Pigs are bred as big pigs, in order to produce both well-textured bacon and slimmer meat cuts. Because of their large size, they are not suitable for small fields, but they will be content if they have enough room to run around. The Yorkshire Pig needs a little more room than other pig types, but they make a natural choice for most farmers due to their good characteristics.

Yorkshire Pigs have a height between 2’9”-3’ (84-91 cm), body length of 5’6”-6’6” (168-198 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 450-750 lb (204-340 kg). The lifespan of a Yorkshire Pig is typically 6-10 years on a farm or up to 15-20 years if kept as a pet.

Series of side elevation illustrations of the Yorkshire Pig
The Yorkshire Pig is one of the most popular breeds of domestic pigs used primarily for farming purposes. Yorkshire Pigs are colored lightly pink, almost like a white pig from afar. They have slightly tapered faces and straight noses. Their tails feature a gentle whimsical curl.

Yorkshire Pigs have a height between 2’9”-3’ (84-91 cm), body length of 5’6”-6’6” (168-198 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 450-750 lb (204-340 kg). The lifespan of a Yorkshire Pig is typically 6-10 years on a farm or up to 15-20 years if kept as a pet.

Series of side elevation illustrations of the Yorkshire Pig
Yorkshire Pig
Height:
2’9”-3’ | 84-91 cm
Width:
Length:
5’6”-6’6” | 168-198 cm
Depth:
Weight:
450-750 lb | 204-340 kg
Area:
Scientific Name
Sus scrofa domesticus
Lifespan
6-10 years (farm); 15-20 years (pet)

Drawings include:

Yorkshire Pig side elevation (standing), front (standing), side (lying down)

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