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Historically, the donkey wasrnnever used extensively in Britain – except in Ireland, where it became thernprincipal draught animal for cottagers and smallholders throughout the country.

rnrnEggs and butter, which werernthe chief produce of the widespread small farms, were brought to market weeklyrnby a patient donkey harnessed to a small cart, usually driven by the farmer'srnwife.

rnrnWhile some breeders refer torntheir donkeys as “Irish” and others as “English”, they are essentially the samernbreed and are grouped as English/Irish by the Donkey Society of New Zealand.

rnrnSince the early 1990’s, arnnumber of these small donkeys have been imported into New Zealand, and they arernnow firmly established and are being bred in a number of studs. PurernEnglish/Irish donkeys are no more than 11 hands (44 inches or 111.76rncentimeters) in height, and are often referred to as “Miniatures.”  They come in a variety of colors.

rnrnThe breed is today probablyrnthe most sought-after donkey in New Zealand.

rnrnContent and Photo Source: NewrnZealand rare Breeds (http://www.rarebreeds.co.nz/).

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