Triangle Nosed Piglet

Newborn Triangle Nose Piglet

This past year we’ve had a spat of triangle nosed piglets. They have black noses with a neat white triangle pointing downward in the middle of their nose between their nostrils. They are all descended from Blackie, one of our best sows. Most of the triangle nosed pigs have been black but one was red, one was yellow and one was white – again each with a black nose.

It’s an interesting characteristic. The first time I saw it I thought, “Huh, that’s a neat little random marking.” Then I noticed that pig’s sister had the same mark. “Whoa! Not so random…” Then another litter showed up with several more. Then more and more. Apparently there is a genotype that makes this mark and it might be selectable.

We joke about making the make be a breeding trait to aim for so that Sugar Mountain Farm pigs all have the triangle. Think of it as the negative space, the white space between the mountains. Cool.

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7 Responses to Triangle Nosed Piglet

  1. Jeff Marchand says:

    This could be the start of the Sugar Mountain breed of low and input taint-free pig selected to do well living outdoors on hay and whey, easily identified by triangular nose mark. What better way to leave your mark than to create a breed of pig breeds true to your vision of the ideal pig.

  2. Teresa says:

    That is so cute. I love seeing the traits that get passed down in my goats. I had one billy goat that passed down silver fur and heart shaped patches. Still see those from his daughters.

  3. Jason Rook says:

    We see that exact marking in 25% of our Guinea hogs. 50% of the time it is accompanied by one or two white feet. Interesting.

  4. Sierra says:


    My sow produces piglets with the same white mark on their noses too. She is sired by “Ajax” out of “Blackie.” Interesting!

  5. Farmerbob1 says:

    Happened to notice a typo “one was read”

    It’s been a couple years – do you still see the trait appearing?

  6. Jami says:

    Ha! We have a second gen litter from KuneKune Guinea hog crosses with 3 piglets with this trait. Very cool Walter.

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