American Mammoth Jack
Donkeys, or Asno Americana, are descended from multiple breeds of donkeys
imported to the United States including Maltese, Poitou, Andalusian, Majorcan,
and Catalonian donkeys.
The males are typically 14 hands tall and the females are
about 13 hands. Mammoth Jacks have a draft horse-like build. They are a tall,
sturdy, and reliable animal, and compared frequently to work horses.
Mammoth Jacks can be found in black, chestnut, spotted, dun, white, dapple
gray, bay or palomino; however, chestnut is their most common color.
They were used in America for farm work in the early 1900’s. One of the most
well-known Mammouth Jacks in the 20th
century was Jen-Jack a
gray Mammoth of Dodge City, Kansas who sired some of the most famous Mammoth
Jacks - among them Bully Boy, Finally Friday, Too Tall Jones, Brarnoth Ebony,
and Amarilio Slim to name a few.
In America when tractors and modern machinery were introduced in the 1940’s and
50’s, the Mammoth Jack suffered the same fate as many working horse breeds,
they were no longer a necessity for farm work and the breed nearly died out.
Today, three are fewer than 1,000 Mammoth donkeys registered in the United
States each year. The largest living mammoth donkey on record today however,
stands at 17 hands and resides in Waxahachie, Texas. The North American Saddle
Mule Association and the American Mammoth Jackstock Registry have worked to
keep the Mammoth Jack from becoming extinct.