Miniature Mediterranean Donkeys
These little donkeys are native to the Mediterranean islands of Sicily & Sardinia. They have become nearly extinct in the land of their origin & have been brought to their current state of being an excellent breed by breeders in the US who have been breeding for size, disposition & conformation. They are on the Recovering list at the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.
The size of these donkeys range from 26 inches, considered extraordinarily small, to 36 inches at the withers. Their average height is about 33-34 inches. They come in a variety of colors, spotted, white, sorrel, chocolate & black with gray-dun being the most common color. They have a dorsal stripe of darker hair down the length of the back crossed by a shoulder stripe. Life expectancy for these guys is around 30-40 years so they are truly a lifetime pet!
We have found the most intriguing thing about these donkeys is their personality although their long goofy ears & VERY LOUD bray are pretty cool too. We have 2 of these little donkeys named Henry & Louise. They were kind of rescue donkeys. One of their past owners had over fed them WAY too much to the point where they have literally lost over 150 lbs EACH in the last couple of years. When you see them, you’ll realize they still have a ways to go & you’ll wonder WHERE they could have possibly put another 150 lbs!
Henry is about 23 years old & was born in Vermont at a donkey breeding farm. There is no history about Louise’s family roots, but we think it’s very possible she’s now in her mid 30’s. She was rescued many years ago also from a home who did not have adequate shelter for her & her foal had frozen to death in the snow. She was brought to the breeder in Vermont where she met Henry & they have been best buds ever since. The woman who gave them to me was the one responsible for beginning to get their weight under control. She talked to many people interested in adopting them, but when she met us, decided we would be a great forever home to the 2 little guys & entrusted us with their care. She liked the fact they would be around other animals & would have lots of attention from people because that is what they really like. They are a perfect fit for our farm & we love them dearly! Their job is to help keep us all relaxed with their calm & soothing way.