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These tiny animals come from the Mediterranean islands ofrnSardinia & Sicily and were used to turn grinding stones inside peasantrnhouses & for carrying water.

rnrnThey arernidentified as either Sicilian or Sardinian donkeys according to their ancestry,rnalthough the two types do not differ. They have been extensively bred with eachrnother and with animals of unidentified ancestry in the United States to producerna distinctively American breed of donkeys, which are often called the MiniaturernMediterranean Donkey. Miniature donkeys are now almost extinct in Sicilian or Sardinian, but they now thrivernin America (there are now currentlyrnaround 10,000  donkeys in the U.S.) where for many years they have been bred for size, disposition, andrnconformation.rnrnA registry was establishedrnin 1958 by Danby Farm in Nebraska and is now a part of the American Donkey andrnMule Society in Denton, Texas. Approximately 15,000 miniature donkeys have beenrnregistered since the inception of the registry but many more exist inrnunregistered herds.

rnrnAdult miniature donkeysrnmust not be more than 36 inches tall when mature, measured from the highestrnpoint of the withers to the ground. They weigh from 250 to 450 pounds and live aroundrn30-35 years.

rnrnTheir hair ranges from flatrnto curly to long and shaggy and from smooth to wiry. The hair coat is shed outrnmuch later in the summer than that of the horse and serves to protect therndonkey from the weather and the flies. Almost all miniature donkeys have arn"cross". The cross is a dorsal stripe of darker hair down the lengthrnof the back crossed by a shoulder stripe across the top of the body at thernwithers and showing down the shoulders. Most miniature donkeys have darkerrnmarkings on the ears, the tip of the tail and around the feet. Some havern"Garters" or stripes ringing the legs as well. A few havern"collar button" markings, which are dots of black hair on the neckrnjust below the place where the head joins the neck. The registry calls a donkeyrnthe color of the body and assumes a lighter colored nose, belly, and inside ofrnthe legs. A dark nose is called "dark muzzle" and if no parts of thernbody show the light "points" the donkey is said to have "nornlight points". The dark points are found in all donkeys but are not toorncommon, the light points being the norm.

rnrnThe Miniature Mediterranean Donkey is by nature ifrnintelligent, friendly and affectionate. They are very tame and gentle. They arernalso easier to manage in everyday life than some donkeys simply because theyrnare smaller. They love their owners and seek attention.

Miniature Donkeys Associations


International Miniature Donkey Registry - www.qis.net/~minidonk/imdr.htm


The American Donkey and Mule Society - www.lovelongears.com


The National Miniature Donkey Association - www.nmdaasset.com


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