The American breed of miniature Mediterranean donkeys originated on the Mediterranean Islands of Sicily and Sardinia.

Bred for their small size, conformation, and easy going nature, the miniature donkey is well known for being a friendly and affectionate animal.

They are a loyal and docile animal that love human attention.

Sizes range from 26 to 36 inches at the withers and the average height is 33-34 inches.

These donkeys range in weight at maturity from 250 to 450 pounds.

Annual vaccinations include Tetanus, Eastern and Western Encephalomyelitis, Rhinopneumonitis, Strangles, Rabies, influenza and West Nile Virus.

Farrier visits are needed every eight to ten weeks depending on how the hooves grow, and wormings should be given every two to three months.

Miniature donkeys have a gestation period of 11 to 13 months, and the jennet should not be bred until she is at least two years of age.

Shelter should be available for protection from heat as well as cold weather.

Trace mineral supplements should be available for your donkey at all times.

A good quality hay supplemented with a 10-12% protein equine sweet feed should be supplied on a daily basis. Donkeys are termed “easy keepers” meaning they utilize their feed very efficiently and you must be careful that they do not get fat.

Limited acreage is needed for the miniature donkey. Ten donkeys can easily be kept on an acre of land. This does not mean they could live off pasture grasses. They can live comfortably being fed hay year round. A pasture large enough to run, play and exercise is all that is needed for them to remain healthy.