|Conservation status endangered|
Scientific name Sus scrofa domesticus
|Country of origin France|
Higher classification domestic pig
Similar Sarda pig, British Saddleback, Cinta Senese
The Gascon is a rare breed of domestic pig which has survived in the more mountainous and remote regions of France. In the Midi-Pyrénées region, the Gascon survives as probably the most ancient breed of pig in France.
Despite its endangered status, it has many valuable characteristics. Like most old-fashioned breeds, it is prone to becoming very fat, but it is vigorous, hardy, thrifty and tolerant of hot climates. The sows are prolific and have a good supply of milk for their litters.