Miniature Mediterranean Donkey
Miniature Mediterranean Donkey
The Miniature Mediterranean Donkey is a unique and entirely separate breed of donkey. Their height generally averages between 30″ and 34″, and the maximum to be accepted into the MMD association general register is 36″. The breed is classed as an “exotic breed at risk globally” by FANGR, a committee which monitors the genetic resources of farm animals.
All Miniature Mediterranean Donkeys with at least one generation of registered parents are eligible for registration in a section of the MMDA Stud Book. Here on the farmyard at Riverside Cottage we have been very lucky to acquire one of these beautiful animals although through very sad circumstances.
Miniature Mediterranean Donkeys are not bred down standard donkeys, nor are they bred from any type of dwarf donkey. Miniature Mediterranean Donkeys are a separate breed of donkey originating from the islands of Sardinia and Sicily. Because they were so small they were employed to turn grinding stones for grain inside the peasants’ houses. There are 18th century wood block pictures showing these small donkeys, blindfolded, attached to the grain mill and walking in endless circles. They were also used to carry water from village wells and supplies into the mountains for shepherds.
Now almost extinct in their native land, these diminutive little animals are a popular pet in the USA, especially in the southern states. Approximately 700 have been imported into the UK from North America and are fast becoming very popular here in Great Britain. We have been very lucky to have one of the many off-
A miniature donkey will not thrive on its own. Donkeys are herd animals and will pine without a companion. A young gelding (male) will make the most loving pet and will always remain gentle and reliable. Responsible breeders’ geld (castrate) colt foals before they are six months old. However; our donkey is a stallion and is registered on the stud register and will be available to service a Jenny (female) for the month of April 2015.
Our donkey pedigree Marklye’s Toy Boy (Toyser) was bred by Lady Fisher of Sussex and bought by top UK breeders of 40 years; Malcolm and Margaret Thompson from Solomon’s Farm in Cornwall. Solomon’s Farm is located in a most beautiful setting steep on a hillside overlooking Gunnislake; however this steep was to cause the first of the many issues for this lovely pair when Margaret had a knock down this hill by another of her donkeys leaving her with 2 hip replacements. Shortly after Malcolm too received news that he would now have to live with prostate cancer.
Although; this was not the reason for the sale of their 40 year old farm and home. Their daughter who lived in France with their 2 grandchildren sadly developed breast cancer and was moving back to the UK and grandma and granddad would sell their beloved farmstead to take care of the grand children and their daughter.
So, it was our honour to offer Toyser a loving home and allow him to still be able to service the “ladies” and not have him castrated and potentially change his gentle and cheeky personality.
Riverside Cottage Menageri
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