Buffalo selfies, buffs are equally popular with both breeders and exhibition visitors. It is also very easy to accommodate their pet-class babies, as opposed to other color selfies.
Pigs of this breed must be judged in the same way as other selfies, and the standard is the same for all. The standard states that “Buffalo color should be deep and rich, without hints of lemon, cream or apricot.” The color of the buffs is very similar to the color of the yellow mail envelopes, and we should focus on it. Sometimes what is called buffalo is actually dark cream, and such pigs are shown in the toddler class as buffalo, and in the adult class as cream.
In fact, buffalo is much darker than cream and real buffs carry it through their entire life, starting from birth. Also often at exhibitions you can find pigs of a certain intermediate color, something in between buffalo and cream, I myself exhibited such a pig (and won with it), but, to be honest, this is not at all how a real buff should look like. This color is not to be confused with cream in any way, although I have heard many times people say that it is just a shade of cream. This should never be the case, since the cream color, as the standard says, “should be as pale as possible without any shades of lemon or yellow.”
You can often read that buffalo pigs can be found in litters with cream selfies, but personally, I have never received a good buff from cream pigs. It so happens that a very dark creamy pig is crossed with a buffalo and in the litter you can sometimes find very high quality buffalo selves, but some cubs are still born very light. Therefore, I try to breed these two colors separately from each other and never mix them. Only in extremely rare cases, when my line loses its color intensity, I add cream blood, since this will not greatly affect the existing situation and the correct color can be restored only after two or three generations. I almost completely lost my line of buffs myself, so I advise you to resort to such crosses as rarely as possible.
Just like cream selfies, buffaloes have a problem with creases in their ears, and personally, I will never leave a mumps in my kennel that has such a drawback. But very often it happens that the better the shape of the head of the pig, the more likely it is that the ears will be bent, or spread out or small. I did my best to get rid of this deficiency, but, nevertheless, in the litters, no, no, and you will meet cubs with bad ears, although this began to happen incomparably less frequently than before.
Color and breed type should nevertheless give your pig the most points in the assessment and this is exactly what you need to focus on. The type can be gradually improved by wisely choosing sires for crossing. But it will take a very long time before we get the buffs closer to the type that we now have black and white selfs.
The color can also be improved through careful selection. Fortunately, buffs have a good undercoat color, for example, compared to cream and some other variations of self. Therefore, it facilitates the grooming process. They also often have very thick wool and rather long hairs, especially in males, so you need to very carefully prepare these pigs for exhibitions.
I have found that buffs have a very good appetite and are generally easy to breed, making them great pets. They are calmer than, for example, cream, although temperament is more associated with a particular line or family than with the breed as a whole. Buffs are very popular now and will probably become even more popular when we make sure that this color cannot be confused with cream.
I recommend getting a buffalo pig to anyone who wants to breed and show selfies, this is a really very beautiful pig that has a future even before it appears on the show table.