The Guinea hog is a small breed of pig. It is black in color and covered with bristly hair. It has a curly tail.
Guinea hogs weigh 150-300 pounds (68.0-136.0 kg) and stand about 22-27 inches (55.9-68.6 cm) tall.
Guinea hogs can forage for many different food items, including various plants, eggs, and small animals such as insects and mice. The Guinea hogs at Cosley Zoo are fed a commercial diet, hay, and a variety of fresh produce.
The gestation period of a Guinea hog is 115-120 days. Sows (females) give birth to up to 10 piglets per litter.
On small farms, Guinea hogs can forage for their own food, and may need to be fed only limited supplements. They require access to water or mud to stay cool and shelter from extreme weather conditions.
Guinea hogs are smaller than other types of domestic pigs, and are said to have better temperaments. They can often be found in petting zoos. They can be raised for meat, although usually on a small scale. On small family farms, Guinea hogs can be used for pest control and tilling the soil. Guinea hogs are listed as “threatened” by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. This means that there fewer than 1,000 registered animals in North America and fewer than 5,000 in the world.