The breed originated in Angeln, Germany, by crossing a black-and-white Landrace with Wessex Saddleback. It was accepted as a new breed in 1937, and by the 1950s commanded a substantial local market share. In recent years, however, it has become nearly extinct as market sentiment has turned against its fatty meat.
Typical sizes are 350 kg weight, 92 cm height (boars), and 300 kg weight, 84 cm height (sows). The sows are highly fertile with much milk.