Guinea hogs were once the most numerous pig breed in the Southeast, but are now almost extinct. They were likely to be found on plantations throughout the Low Country including Middleton Place, but in 2006 there were fewer than 200 in existence. The hogs were originally imported from West Africa and the Canary Islands to America in conjunction with the slave trade. A hardy and efficient breed, the hogs subsisted well on the roughest of forage and produced hams, bacon, and lard. They were ideal hogs for Low Country plantations where enslaved people worked under the task system of labor and commonly raised their own vegetables and hogs for sale or personal consumption.