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Abyssinian
Amiata
Amiatina (Asino dell’Amiata)
Anatolia
Andalusian
Anger
Armyanskaya
Asinara
Asino Argentato di Sologno
Asino Baio Lucano
Asino di Sant'Alberto
Asino Emiliano
Asino Pugliese
Asnal Criolin'
Asno
Asno Balear
Asno Criollo
Asno de las Encartaciones
Australian Teamster
Azerbaidzhanskaya
Balkan
Barockesel/Austrian-Hungarian White
Benderi
Berry Black (Grand Noir du Berry)
Berry Grey (Âne Petit Gris du Berry)
Biyang
Black
Bourbonnais Donkey (Âne du Bourbonnais)
Bourik
Brasil
Bulgaro
Burro
Burro Criollo
Burro Kentucky
Caninde
Cardao
Cariovilli
Castel Morrone donkey (Asino di Castel Morrone)
Catalan
Chigetai
China North
Cotentin
Creole
Criollo
Cyprus
Dagestanskaya
Damascus
Dezhou
Dongolawl
Dwarf donkey of Graciosa (Burro de Graciosa)
Egypt Baladi
English / Irish
Etbai
Ezel
Georgian
Green
Grey
Guangling
Guanzhong
Hamadan
Hassawi
Hinnies
Huaibei
Indian
Iranian
Istarski Magarac
Italian
Jiami
Jinnan
Jirnrna
Kakhetinskaya
Kara-Kalpakskaya
Karakacan
Kashan
Kassala
Kazakhskaya
Kirgizskaya
Kulun
Liangzhou
Libyan
Linxian
Magyar Parlagi Szamár
Majorera
Maltese
Mammoth Jack Stock
Mannar
Martina Franca
Mary
Maryisltaya
Masai
Masri
Merzifon
Meskhet-Dzhavakhetskaya
Miniature
Miranda donkey (Burro do Miranda)
Moldavian Local
Moroccan
Mules
Muscat
National Genatic
Nordestina
Norman donkey (Âne Normand)
Ogaden
Pantelleria
Pantesco
Parlag
Paulista
Pega
Peruano
Poitou
Ponui
Primorsko Dinarski Magarac
Provence (Âne de Provence)
Puttalam Buruwa
Pyrenean (Âne des Pyrénées)
Qinghai
Qinqyang
Qirmani
Qubressy
Ragusano
Riffawi
Romainian
Saidi
Sardinian
Sarvar
Sennar
Shanbei
Sibbianl
Sicilian Grey
Sjeverno Jadranski Magarac
Somali
South-West Chinese
Sperki
Spotted
Standard
Subei
Sudanese Pack
Syrian
Syrian Wild Ass
Tadzhikskaya
Taihang
Tibetan
Toposa
Tswana
Tunisian
Turkmenskaya
Uzbekskaya
Viterbese (Grigio Viterbese)
Xinjiang
Yangyuan
Yunnan
Zamorano-Leones

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Donkeys
Donkeys were first domesticated around 5,000 years ago as beasts of burden and companions, most likely in Egypt or Mesopotamia. There are about 41 million donkeys in the world today; China has the most with 11 million, followed by Pakistan, Ethiopia, and Mexico.

Donkeys vary considerably in size, depending on breed and management. The height at the withers ranges from 7.3 hands (31 inches or 79 cm) to 15.3 hands (63 inches or 160 cm), and they weigh from 80 to 480 kg (180 to 1,060 lb.). Working donkeys in the poorest countries have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years; and in more prosperous countries, they may have a lifespan of 30 to 50 years.

Donkeys have large ears with excellent hearing, and may help cool the donkey's blood. Donkeys can defend themselves by biting, striking with the front hooves or kicking with the hind legs.

A male donkey is called a jack, a female is a jenny or jennet; a young donkey is a foal.

A jennet is normally pregnant for about 12 months, though the gestation period varies from 11 to 14 months, and usually gives birth to a single foal. Births of twins are rare. About 1.7 percent of donkey pregnancies result in twins; both foals survive about 14 percent of the time.

Donkeys can interbreed with other equines and are commonly interbred with horses. The hybrid between a jack and a mare (Female horse) is a mule, valued as a working and riding animal in many countries. The hybrid between a stallion (male Horse) and a jennet is a hinny, and is less common. Like other inter-species hybrids, mules and hinnies are usually sterile and are incapable of siring foals. Donkeys can also breed with zebras in which the offspring is called a Zonkey, Zebroid, Zebrass, or Zedonk.

In general donkeys are quite intelligent, cautious, friendly, playful, and eager to learn. Donkeys have a notorious reputation for stubbornness, but this has been attributed to a very strong sense of self preservation. Likely based on a stronger prey instinct and a weaker connection with man, it is considerably more difficult to force or frighten a donkey into doing something it perceives to be dangerous for whatever reason. Once a person has earned their confidence they may be willing partners and very dependable in work.

Donkey Colors

Donkeys come in the following colors:
  • Bay
  • Black
  • Blue Roan
  • Brown
  • Champagne
  • Cream (White phase)
  • Dapple Roan
  • Flaxen Sorrel
  • Frosted Spotted White
  • Grey Dun
  • Ivory
  • Light Faced Roan
  • Mahogany
  • Masked Flaxen Sorrel
  • Pink Dun
  • Red (Sorrel)
  • Sorrel
  • Strawberry Roan

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