The name for a group of pigs depends on the animals' ages. A group of young pigs is called a drift, drove or litter. Groups of older pigs are called a sounder of swine, a team or passel of hogs or a singular of boars.Know More
Pigs also are called hogs or swine. A male pig of any age is called a boar; female pigs are sows. A baby pig is called a piglet.
Pigs are very social; they form close ties to one another and are comforted by the close proximity of other pigs. They are extremely intelligent and gregarious, communicating with each other constantly through a complex vocabulary of oinks, grunts and squeals. Most pigs are peaceful and rarely show aggression unless they perceive a threat. Contrary to their reputation, pigs are very clean. Even very young pigs relieve themselves in an area far away from where they lie down and sleep.Learn more about Barnyard Mammals
According to Harry Snelson of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, pigs can swim. He is quoted as saying, "pigs are actually pretty good swimmers over short distances."Full Answer >
Domestic North American pigs originated from wild stocks in European, Asian and North African forests. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, wild North American pigs are believed to have been aboard Christopher Columbus’ second voyage in 1493 and brought to the United States in the early 1500s.Full Answer >
Although they have a few sweat glands, pigs are unable to sweat. However, pigs are still able to maintain a healthy body temperature in other ways.Full Answer >
A pig has both anterior and posterior veins. The veins are part of the pig's cardiovascular system, which also includes its blood, heart, arteries and capillaries.Full Answer >