Miniature Donkeys

Miniature Donkeys are native to two Mediterranean islands – Sicily and Sardinia. The word “miniature” generally designates animals that have been bred-down in size, but Mediterranean Miniature Donkeys have not been bred to be smaller over years; rather, they are naturally smaller than a full-sized donkey. With proper care, Miniature Donkeys will live for 25-40 years, and weigh anywhere from 200 to 450 pounds. Their height typically ranges from 36 to 38 inches.

Most Miniature Donkeys are “gray-dun,” which means they have a gray-colored body, lighter-colored belly and inside legs, and a darker stripe down the back and over the shoulders. In the middle photo at the top, Twinkle is showing off her light-colored belly. Of course, Miniature Donkeys come in other colors, ranging from reddish-brown shades to white, black, and spotted.
A male donkey is called a Jack, and a female donkey is called a Jennet. Miniature Donkeys become fertile at one year of age, but they often make very poor mothers. For this reason, breeders must pay special attention to young foals, bottle-feeding them every two hours, 24 hours a day. A female donkey usually gives birth to just one donkey, weighing between 18 and 25 pounds, and will carry the donkey for 11 to 13 months before birthing.



Miniature Donkey

Miniature Donkey

Miniature Donkey

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