About The Mangalitsa Pig Breed
The Blonde Mangalitsa was developed from older hardy types of Hungarian pig (Bakonyi and Szalontai) crossed with the Hungarian Wild Boar. The development took place in Hungary in the early 19th century. The new quick-growing "fat-type" hog did not require any special care, so became very popular in Hungary. Mangalitsa was the most prominent swine breed in the region until 1950 (there were 30,000 of them in Hungary in 1943).
Over the years, the raising of Mangalicas became a popular hobby, and they are often kept as pets. Today they are well-known around the world, and sought after for their fatty, marbled meat, which is often referred to as 'the Kobe beef of pork'.
There are three Mangalitsa varieties: Blonde, Swallow-bellied, and Red. They all have the same behavior; the only difference is the color. The Blonde Mangalitsa is blonde, the Swallow-bellied has a blonde belly and feet with a black body, and the red is ginger.