Heritage Purebred Red Wattles
HPRW breed standards are listed in alphabetical order and not in order of importance. Included within HPRW breed standards are also sound heritage hog standards, body types and structures to be met for hogs chosen for registration and breeding.
- Back, shoulders to rump. Looking from above the width from shoulders to rump should be consistently even. The rump beginning around the ham area but on the back should be slightly arched.
- Belly, should be flat or straight with no bulges under or to the sides.
- Body, should be wide, long and consistent throughout.
- Chest, large, broad and deep.
- Color, consistent solid color of red over body. Color may be from light yellowish red to a deep cherry dark red, almost black. No swirls, stripes, spots or bands. ***Dark or black skin pigment spots are permissible anywhere on the belly area, underline or inner thighs of either front or back legs and must not measure larger than approximately 2 inches by 2 inches. 2 x 2, at 3 (three) months of age. *** Estimate would be silver dollar size.
It’s common for some hairs to become lighter or whitish in color with age in particular around the head and snout areas.
- Dew claws, when on solid level ground all 4 dew claws must be off the ground.
- Disposition, friendly, calm and easily managed.
- Ears, should come out over the eyes as adults and under the control of the hog. Should be visor-like over the eyes. Can be firmly straight out- not up, tipped or lopped. Upright ears are not allowed. Should be moveable and under the control of the hog.
- Eyes, bright and inquisitive. Equally placed on head/face, slightly to the sides of the head.
- Feet/nails, Should be without cracks, splits, or overgrown. All four even in size.
- Hams, well-muscled and firm while also being consistent in size to shoulders.
- Hair coat, thick or sparse, short, long, wavy or curly. Consistently covering the body, with consistent coloring throughout.
- Head, large forehead with symmetrical set eyes. Nose straight or with a light slope. No length designation, but not overly long. Nostrils should be symmetrical, large and under control of the hog.
- Jowl, full and smooth.
- Legs and feet, wide set legs in both front and back, set on the four corners of the body. Legs should be straight and thick with toes pointing forward. Dew claws off the ground when standing on firm even ground. Hooves may be black, striped, or dark brown.
- Neck, thick and full.
- Shoulders, Broad, full and well-muscled. Consistent with rear end in size when looking from above.
- Sides, When looking from above, should be consistent or in proportion with shoulders and rump.
- Tail, Placement should be as the rump ends off the rear arch. Normal tail curl, either left or right. Good length and brush with ability to move tail under hogs’ control.
- Teats, a minimum of 12 teats evenly and consistently spaced and paired down the teat line for boars and gilts. Smaller teats at the lower inner thigh are not counted as they are normally blind or non-functioning. No blind teats within the consistent 12.
- Testicles, prominent, symmetrical and well attached.
- Wattles, both wattles should be well attached and equal and symmetrical in size and placement. Location should be on the lower inside area of the jowl. Wattles should swing freely and be substantial and consistent in size. Thick from end to end or slightly teardrop shape.