We had our first pet pig in 1995. It all started when one of my children wanted a monkey. Well I wasn't ready to commit to a monkey so the alternative pet was a pig. Our first pig was a Pot Belly pig. Her name was Bekkin. Wanna talk about big? Yes she got up to around 350 pounds. She stood around 24" at the withers when she was 6 years old. We later rehomed her to a farm with another pig her size that she could remain forever friends with. For the next 3 years I researched many different breeds of pigs.
My grand father had Kunekune pigs. I researched as much as I possibly could about them. I was intrigued with their gentleness. I've been asked many times over the years how I acquired this breed so early. Facts are facts. I inherited them. They were left to me in the will. I was told by grand pappy that the breed came into the states in 1996. He traveled across the states to purchase two gilts and a boar. The boar unfortunately passed away in the first year of his life. While searching for another boar on my own I came across the Juliana. At first I thought the shape of the Juliana was unattractive. They resemble a wild boar with their long snout and athletic body shape. They are not pudgy and round like the Pot Belly we first owned. I drove from Georgia to California purchase two boars.
This is when it all began. I've kept my books since my very first litter. I've been fortunate to be able to stay in touch with more than 99% of my clients.
Kunekune + Juliana = Kunini. The word Kunini is originally from the language of a village in New Guinea. The language is also referred to as Papuan Austronesian. This village resides near the Kunini river. Just a little history lesson on the word. It's pronounced Kew-Knee-Knee.
Our Kunini pigs typically grow 10" at the withers (shoulders) up to 16".
When you visit our farm you get to meet 20+ generations of Kunini pigs.
Our oldest Kunini is 14 years old. Her name is Mama P. Our oldest Juliana is 22 years old. His name is Pete. Yes we have documentation.
Pigs don't live forever but they do live longer than many other pets.