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These tiny animals come from the Mediterranean islands of Sardinia & Sicily and were used to turn grinding stones inside peasant houses & for carrying water.

They are identified as either Sicilian or Sardinian donkeys according to their ancestry, although the two types do not differ. They have been extensively bred with each other and with animals of unidentified ancestry in the United States to produce a distinctively American breed of donkeys, which are often called the Miniature Mediterranean Donkey. Miniature donkeys are now almost extinct in Sicilian or Sardinian, but they now thrive in America (there are now currently around 10,000  donkeys in the U.S.) where for many years they have been bred for size, disposition, and conformation. A registry was established in 1958 by Danby Farm in Nebraska and is now a part of the American Donkey and Mule Society in Denton, Texas. Approximately 15,000 miniature donkeys have been registered since the inception of the registry but many more exist in unregistered herds.

Adult miniature donkeys must not be more than 36 inches tall when mature, measured from the highest point of the withers to the ground. They weigh from 250 to 450 pounds and live around 30-35 years.

Their hair ranges from flat to curly to long and shaggy and from smooth to wiry. The hair coat is shed out much later in the summer than that of the horse and serves to protect the donkey from the weather and the flies. Almost all miniature donkeys have a "cross". The cross is a dorsal stripe of darker hair down the length of the back crossed by a shoulder stripe across the top of the body at the withers and showing down the shoulders. Most miniature donkeys have darker markings on the ears, the tip of the tail and around the feet. Some have "Garters" or stripes ringing the legs as well. A few have "collar button" markings, which are dots of black hair on the neck just below the place where the head joins the neck. The registry calls a donkey the color of the body and assumes a lighter colored nose, belly, and inside of the legs. A dark nose is called "dark muzzle" and if no parts of the body show the light "points" the donkey is said to have "no light points". The dark points are found in all donkeys but are not too common, the light points being the norm.

The Miniature Mediterranean Donkey is by nature if intelligent, friendly and affectionate. They are very tame and gentle. They are also easier to manage in everyday life than some donkeys simply because they are smaller. They love their owners and seek attention.

Miniature Donkeys Associations


International Miniature Donkey Registry - www.qis.net/~minidonk/imdr.htm


The American Donkey and Mule Society - www.lovelongears.com


The National Miniature Donkey Association - www.nmdaasset.com


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