Miniature donkeys are members of the equine family. They are native to the Mediterranean islands of Sicily and Sardinia. They are herd animals and should not be kept singly. They are companionable with other livestock and become attached to their herd-mates and their owners. Donkeys thrive on being petted and love to interact with their owners. They are curious and adventurous. Miniature donkeys are happy to see you, and there's nothing like a donkey foal!
"Although every Miniature Donkey is not breeding quality, all Minis, especially geldings, have a role to play as endearing companions and as public ambassadors in schools, fairs, parades and nursing homes. Mr. Robert Green, who imported the first Miniature Donkeys into this country in 1929, is quoted as saying, 'Miniature Donkeys possess the affectionate nature of a Newfoundland, the resignation of a cow, the durability of a mule, the courage of a tiger and the intellectual capability only slightly inferior to man's.' " - source: National Miniature Donkey Association
Life Span- Average 25-35+ years
Weight- 200-350 pounds
Height- Average 32"-34" at the withers, Maximum 36"
Gestation- 11 1/2 to 13 months
Birth- Single baby, 20-30 pounds at birth. Foals are up and nursing within 30 minutes and are weaned at 6 months.
Gender - Intact males are referred to as "Jacks," female donkeys are "Jennets," and baby donkeys are called "foals."
Color: Miniature donkeys are predominately gray-dun with the characteristic "cross." They also come in darker shades of gray, brown, black, sorrel, white and spotted. They have light tan markings around their muzzle and eyes, known as "points." Some have dark points.
Health- Miniature donkeys are hardy. They do require vaccinations and should be wormed regularly. Hooves need to be trimmed every 2-3 months.
Care- Miniature donkeys require a small amount of grain, good quality hay, minerals and loose salt. They must have fresh clean water to drink as they can drink a lot of water, but will only quench their thirst if the water is dirty.
They need access to pasture for grazing and exercise and at least a 3-sided shelter facing south which should be dry and not drafty.