Could someone please explain to me why this pig is named after two countries that doesn't have ANYTHING in common?
Dunno, a shared love of pork :)
The story gets a bit more interesting...
The Poland China Record Association is based in Illinois, isn't that the westernmost Polish voivodship?
From the site:
In the year 1816, the Shaker Society, through their trustee, John Wallace, secured one boar and three sows from a firm in Philadelphia. These were known as Big China hogs. The boar and two sows were white, while the third sow had sandy to black spots. Historians believe they were the same hogs that were so popular about this time in the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
China bit is explained...the Poland bit is still a mystery.