The Duroc is an old breed of domestic pig originating in the US.
The Duroc’s tenacity in looking after its young combined with its docility between times makes it an ideal candidate for an outdoor pig, either as a dam or sire line, and its succulence and heavy muscling makes it very suitable for anything from light pork to heavy hog production.
The Duroc’s thick auburn winter coat and hard skin allows them to survive the cold and wet of the British winter. This coat moults out in summer to leave the pig looking almost bald, but as a consequence it can cope with hot dry summers equally well.
An often underrated breed, these pigs have superb meat quality, hardy and disease resistant as well as being simple to manage making them an easy choice for many experienced or novice pig keepers alike.
In 1812, early "Red Hogs" were bred in New York and New Jersey. They were large in size. Large litters and the ability to grow quickly were characteristics Durocs possessed from the beginning.
The foundation that formed today's "Duroc" was comprised of Red Durocs from New York and Jersey Reds from New Jersey.