What is the difference between the following Miniature Donkey terms: Jack, Jennet, Foal, Weanling & Gelding?
A Jack is a male donkey that has not been castrated. When he is mature enough he may be used for breeding.
A Jennet, or jenny, is a female donkey. When she is three years of age, she can be bred to a breeding quality jack.
A foal is a young donkey from birth to the time that they are weaned from their mothers
A Weanling is a young donkey that has been separated, or weaned, from its mother usually at 5 months old.
A Gelding is a male donkey that has been castrated so that it cannot reproduce. Geldings make great pets; they are docile and easily trained
Where did miniature donkeys originate?
The original miniature donkey is a true breed of its native land. They originated in Sicily and Sardinia. (See History page)
Can I Keep one Miniature Donkey?
Donkeys are Herd animals and should always have the company of another Donkey. They will be very unhappy on their own and can become stressed and ill from a lack of company.
How much land does a pair of Miniature Donkeys need?
For grazing purposes a pair of miniature donkeys need about 1/2 acre of pasture, this also allows sufficient space for exercise. Donkeys are very adaptable to their environment and will adjust to either more or less space. The main consideration that needs to be taken is in regards to feed. If there isn't enough pasture for grazing you will simply have to supplement their feed with hay.
Do Jacks make good Pets?
Jacks should not be kept as Pets and almost always two Jacks should not be kept together as they will fight, Geldings make great pets.
If I want to buy breeding stock what should I do?
Visit as many breeders as possible before making your decision. This will help you decide what you like in terms of colour, size, and conformation.
What is the Gestation period of a Jennet?
The normal Gestation period is 11 months and 3 weeks but this can vary. Twinning is extremely rare.
How long do they live?
Miniature donkeys have very long life spans living to 25-35 years of age with proper care and feeding.
Are miniature donkeys registered?
Yes, The main registry is the American Donkey and Mule Society *(ADMS), which is located in Lewisville Texas. There is a separate Canadian registry, The Canadian Donkey and Mule Association (CDMA). The Miniature Mediterranean Donkey Society Association (MMDA) operates the registry and Stud Book in Britain.
*The above-mentioned ADMS in Lewisville Texas took over the registry from original importers Danby farms in 1973 and is the main worldwide registry for Miniature Donkeys.
Does my donkey need a passport?
Yes in Europe they do, your donkey needs a passport and all reputable breeders will supply you with a passport when you make your purchase. The passport will contain the donkeys Microchip number, its physical sketch, and its vaccination history.
Can Miniature Donkeys pull carts?
Yes Miniature donkeys can be trained to pull a cart and a small child can ride them
What do I feed a Miniature Donkey?
Donkeys are very hardy animals and require very little special feeding. During the summer months a donkeys nutritional requirements can be met on pasture. Lush pasture is not recommended as donkeys have low energy requirements and can be prone to obesity and foundering. Young stock, nursing and pregnant Jennies may require supplemental feed.
Can I give my donkeys Lawn Clippings?
Never, It may be fatal.
How tall do miniature donkeys grow?
The maximum height is 36 inches however the majority of miniature donkeys are in the 31-inch to 34-inch range.