Tamworth pigs One of the highlights of the 1950s working farm at the National Museum of Rural life is our family of Tamworth pigs. Kittochside Tamworths Click on the slideshow below to pictures of the Wester Kittochside family of Tamworths. Origins The Tamworth is a breed of domestic pig originating in the United Kingdom, It is among the oldest of pig breeds and is classed as "at risk" by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust as there are fewer than 300 registered breeding females in the UK. Characteristics Tamworth pigs are a ginger/red colour and are thought to have descended from wild boars, via native pig stocks of Europe. They have an elongated head shape and a long narrow body. Their ears are erect and pointed, while the face and snout are rectilinear. Their thick bristles protect their skin from ultraviolet harm from the sun, however when they moult between June and August they seek shade along with extensive mud coating to prevent sunburn. Tamworths are considered a medium sized breed, with a full grown boar ranging from 250 to 370kg and the mature sow from 200 to 300kg. The adult length ranges from 100 to 140cm, and heights of about 50 to 65cm are common. The curled adult tail is about 24 to 30cm long. They characteristically have a long neck and legs, deep sides with narrow backs and firm muscular hams. Adaptable The Tamworth is a hardy breed and does well in more northern climates such as Scotland and Canada. It is not only durable and rugged, but is extremely well suited for forest grazing. Offspring The sows are good mothers and litters normally range in size from six to ten piglets. They are characterised by a good temperament and enjoy the attention of humans - our Tamworhs certainly like showing off! Related pages How to find us Tamworth pigs at National Museum of Rural Life. See what's in store for your at National Museum of Rural Life you in Escape to the country video.