The Difference Between Pigs, Hogs, and Wild Boars

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The names can be confusing.

Pigs are the most common in the pig family. Hogs and wild boars are also pigs, but they’re different breeds. The names can be confusing because all three species are related to each other and have similar appearances, diets, behaviours and habitats.

What’s the difference between a pig, hog and wild boar?

You may have heard people refer to wild boars as “hogs” or vice versa; however there is no such thing as a real hog breed—this term refers only to domestic farm animals such as swine or domesticated pigs

They’re different in appearance.

  • Pigs are the smallest of the three. They weigh between 150 and 700 pounds, with an average weight range of 300-350 pounds. Wild boars weigh more than twice that amount, with an average weight of around 600 pounds and a maximum size of 800 pounds. Hogs fall somewhere between pigs and wild boars in terms of size—and appear to be most closely related to them genetically as well!
  • Unlike hogs and wild boars, pigs do not have tusks (though they can develop them if they’re crossbred with other species). Wild boars’ large snouts give them the best sense of smell (and are used to dig through mud when they find food) while hogs have short snouts and small eyes that make it difficult for them to see clearly or go underground like wild boars do when hunting for bugs or roots under ground

The main difference is in how they’re raised.

The main difference is in how they’re raised. Pigs are raised on farms, hogs are raised on farms, and wild boars are not raised on farms. Wild boars are also called feral pigs and they aren’t domesticated animals (like dogs or cats).

Pigs have long snouts, round bodies and short legs—just like the piggy banks you used to collect coins in when you were little! In fact, almost all domestic pigs today come from four breeds: Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace, and Yorkshire. 

Wild boars are wilder than pigs.

Unlike domestic pigs, which are raised for food or companionship and can become very tame in the right conditions, wild boars are not domesticated at all. They’re quite dangerous to humans—more so than domestic pigs—and will attack them if provoked. Wild boars are also more likely than their domestic counterparts to bite or run away when startled by loud noises like gunshots or human voices.” The difference between a pig and a hog is that they both have curly tails but hogs have straight ears while pigs have floppy ears. While pigs are omnivores, hogs are not. Hogs, however, share the same omnivorous diet as wild boars—and yet they’re still different from each other.

Pigs have always been considered smarter than their porcine counterparts; according to some studies, they have an IQ score of between 59 and 74. Wild boars and domesticated hogs both score around 40-50 on these same tests, making them slightly less intelligent than our favorite farm animal. There’s also some debate about whether you should call something “wild” if it’s born in captivity.

Domesticated pigs are omnivores like wild boars…

Domesticated pigs are omnivores, just like wild boars. They can eat grasses and roots, fruits and vegetables. Domesticated pigs have a similarly varied diet to wild boars because they are so smart and opportunistic eaters. However, domestic pigs also eat meat if they come across it while rooting around in the forest or on farmland.

Domesticated pigs can be trained to follow commands from their owners; this is how many people get their pet piglets to do tricks such as walking on two legs or playing dead at the command of “bang bang” (although we strongly recommend against doing this). Domesticated pigs are also very good at learning tricks like opening doors with their snouts!

It turns out there is a difference between all three, even if we treat them all the same way when it comes to bacon

If you’re a bacon lover, it’s easy to make the mistake of thinking that pigs are hogs and hogs are pigs. But as it turns out, not all pigs are hogs—and not all wild boars are domestic. In fact, there is a difference between the two!

Both types of porkers have omnivorous diets and share many similar characteristics with each other. For example, they both have hoofed feet (as opposed to webbed feet). They also have flat snouts rather than long snouts (like deer have), which helps them root through the ground for food with their noses.

But these species aren’t totally identical—they do differ in some key ways:

  • Pigs tend to be smarter than both types of wild boar; however, domestic pig breeds like Hampshire or Large Whites can also be very intelligent creatures!
  • Hogs tend to be slightly more aggressive than either type of wild boar; however, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t any docile hogs out there—some breeds such as Tamworths can actually be quite sweet!

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