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The region behind the shoulder blades rises into a hump, and the neck is short and thick, to the point of being nearly immobile.The animal's head is very large, taking up to one third of the body's entire length.
The winter coat consists of long, coarse bristles underlaid with short brown downy fur.Coat colour also varies with age, with piglets having light brown or rusty-brown fur with pale bands extending from the flanks and back.Pigs are one of four known mammalian species which possess mutations in the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor that protect against snake venom.Mongooses, honey badgers, hedgehogs, and pigs all have modifications to the receptor pocket which prevents the snake venom α-neurotoxin from binding.
These represent four separate, independent mutations. Boars are typically social animals, living in female-dominated sounders consisting of barren sows and mothers with young led by an old matriarch.
Colour is highly variable; specimens around Lake Balkhash are very lightly coloured, and can even be white, while some boars from Belarus and Ussuriland can be black.