11 Mini Donkeys That Will Make You Want To Sell Your House And Move To The Country
Miniature donkeys are friendly, affectionate, loyal pets that have amazing personalities. Mini Mediterranean donkeys originated on the Italian islands of Sicily and Sardinia, and were used as working animals inside houses to turn grinding stones to make grain. These diminutive creatures were discovered by other countries, and began to be imported to the US. All these beautiful creatures, who have a lifespan of 25-35 years, require, is a few acres of land to graze and romp on. After reading this article, you might just want to sell your house and move to the country!
Let’s introduce you to a few of these shaggy, sweet-faced pets:
Mini donkeys come in many colors, including black, slate grey, brown, spotted, sorrel, skewbald, piebald, and cream, but their commonest color is grey dun with a few chocolate highlights. Their tallest height is 36 inches tall, and their smallest height is 26 inches.
Mini donkeys are friendly and curious, reasonably quiet and easy to handle. They enjoy being around people and other animals, but sometimes aren’t big fans of dogs. You should be able to teach dog acceptance and tolerance to your donkey.
Mini donkeys are pack animals, and are happiest if they have another mini donkey to hang out with. They love attention, and will nudge you or nibble on your clothes to get it. When they see you coming, they’ll snuffle, snort, and bray happily.
Mini donkeys are very intelligent. They can be easily trained to pull a cart or carry a pack, making them great backpacking and hiking companions!
Mini donkeys are playful, and rarely bite or kick, making them great companions and family pets. Of course they need exercise, and the perfect home for them will have an acre or two for then to romp around in.
Miniature donkeys weigh between 15 and 29 pounds at birth. Most mini donkeys will have dark earmarks, white eye rings and muzzles, and a white inner leg and belly.
The ears of mini donkeys are proportionately much longer than a horse’s. They love to play. One of their favorite pastimes is to roll all around on the ground.
Miniature donkeys get along famously with children, including those with mental or physical disabilities. They are comical little creatures who create long lasting human / donkey bonds.
Mini donkeys need shelter from rain and snow. They also need fresh water every day.
Mini donkeys should be stabled at night, especially in the winter time. They will need deworming throughout the year.
Hoof care includes trimming every 8 to 10 weeks, and their teeth must be regularly checked.
Mini donkeys need dust-free hay that is of good quality. Grass hay should be sweet smelling and have a good green color.
If you have more questions, check out the wonderful resources of the American Donkey and Mule Society. Good luck, and enjoy your wonderful, loving mini donkeys!