Göttingen Minipigs are the result of a crossing of three different breeds: The Minnesota Minipig, the Vietnamese Potbelly Pig, and the German Landrace, each selected due to distinguished characteristics: Size, reproduction, and light skin. The crossbreeding was conducted in the 1960s at the University of Göttingen, and today we continue to work closely with the university to ensure the high genetic standard of Göttingen Minipigs. More information is available under Genetic Foundation.
Today, Göttingen Minipigs are bred in 4 locations: Our facility in Dalmose, Denmark; Göttingen, Germany; North Rose, New York, USA; and Tokyo, Japan.
Did you know...
Göttingen Minipigs are
increasingly selected for all
aspects of pharmaceutical
research due to their:
- Small size
- Background data
- Health status
- Similarity to humans
- Availability in large uniform groups
After 50 years the genetic definition continues to be identical to that of the first Göttingen Minipigs bred in the late 1960s, due to careful genetic selection.
Despite separation into sub-populations, the Göttingen Minipigs population remains genetically coherent, which makes it possible to compare results over time, but also across continents.
The attributes of Göttingen Minipigs make them particularly attractive for biomedical research, as they enable clear and unambiguous scientific results.
Göttingen Minipigs have already helped improve the health and quality of life for humans, by ensuring the development of medicine against gastrointestinal and cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, arthritis, skin conditions, eye diseases, Parkinson and asthma.
Health and Welfare
The health and well-being of our minipigs is our top priority. Therefore, our colonies are health monitored every six months and tested for a wide range of pathogens. The results and reports can be found under Health Status.
Animal welfare is key in our standard operating procedures and is based on species specific natural needs. Read more under Animal Welfare.
About Göttingen Minipigs
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