Origin of the Iberian Pig

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

The Iberian pig (Sus Scrofa Mediterraneus) is found in herds clustered in the central and southern territory of the Iberian Peninsula.

The most commonly accepted theory is that the first pigs were brought to the Iberian Peninsula by the Phoenicians from the Eastern Mediterranean coast (current day Lebanon) where they interbred with wild boars. This cross gave rise to the first Iberian breeds whose origins, in this case, can be traced back to about the year 1000 B.C.