Bǔshí resemble large wild boars or warthogs, at least until one notes the prominent spinal spikes. The spinal spikes can reach as long as a meter on a full adult male and their are typically six, three on each side of the spine. Males reach up 2.1 metres (6.9 ft) in length and 1.1 metres (3.6 ft) in height, and may weigh as much as 275 kilograms (610 lb). They are known for being vicious and tenacious and if threatened will almost always attack even if the cause is massively larger than they are.
Bǔshí are omnivores and will eat nearly anything from certain plants (mostly roots and mushrooms) to animals smaller than themselves.
Bǔshí form into family groups, composed of a dominant male as many mates as he can claim and all their current offspring.