There are many characteristics that make the IPP such a great pig. It is important as breeders that we only select the pigs that meet the standards to register as breeding stock. It is the hope of the IPPBA that the below information and pictures helps breeders and buyers in making good choices in what should be used as breeding stock and what should be culled and used as a feeder. The IPPBA does not set the breed standard, our goal is that this information will help with the education of breeders and buyers alike.
Please find current breed standards at the Registry website HERE.
A very important trait of the IPP is their great disposition and temperament.
Generally all IPP's should be friendly, curious, playful, and safe to be around. Human interaction plays a significant part in raising good-natured pigs.
Boars should be manageable & not show aggression towards humans.
Feeders & Breeders raised with human interaction should be worked with at times other than feeding to deter association of humans & food. Creates desire for affection rather than purely a food provider.
Sows should have a mothering instinct to protect her piglets, but should allow humans to interact. Caution should be taken when working with piglets while in the sow's pen.
An aggressive pig should be culled and does not meet breed standard for disposition.
IPP's should have a short to medium length snout with an upturn to encourage grazing and reduce rooting. The snout should not be long, straight, or taper down to a small nose. The snout should not be narrow and should have a width that compliments the shape of the head.