If you could combine three animals into one, which ones would you pick? A pig, a sheep, and a dog? Well, there's no need to camp outside of the geneticist cloner's office any longer, because the Mangalitsa pig fits the bill! Its curly hair give it a sheep-like appearance, and some breeders say it's as good natured as a dog.


At first glance, you might think this is one really round sheep that oddly goes ‘oink’, but a closer look will reveal that it’s actually a pig.

Mangalica pigs – also called ‘sheep pigs’ because of their thick, wooly coat – are a breed of domestic swine bred in Hungary. They were originally bred for lard in the 1800s, but their numbers were brought to the brink of extinction due to changing dietary habits.



Fortunately, their breed flourished again in the early 1990s.

According to US-based breeder Wilhelm Kohl, Mangalica pigs have a flavour that is simply unbeatable. ‘It’s the Kobe beef of pork’, he said.

But if you’re not into eating adorable blonde-haired pigs, Kohl adds that keeping them as pets could also be an option (though he doesn’t exactly encourage it): ‘If you treat them nicely, they’ll become as tame as dogs – they’ll follow you, play with you’.