Donkeys, also called burros and asses, are found throughout the world. They are members of the Equidae family, which also includes horses and zebras. They look a lot like their cousins, but have long, floppy ears and tend to be stockier than horses or zebras. There are three main types of donkeys: wild, feral and domesticated. Wild donkeys typically grow to around 49 inches centimeters from hoof to shoulder and weight around lbs. Domesticated donkeys vary in size, depending on how they are bred. There are eight different types of domesticated asses, according to the Oklahoma State University. They typically weigh from to lbs. The smallest donkey is the miniature donkey, according to the University of Michigan's Animal Diversity Web. They only grow to around 36 inches 92 cm from hoof to shoulder and weigh less than lbs.
Over 50 million donkeys and mules exist in the world, but despite this the number of pure-bred animals within each breed is generally low, with several on the verge of extinction. There is a tendency to treat donkeys as if they are small horses, but donkeys are different! Donkeys are not like horses; they differ physically, mentally and emotionally. To learn more about donkeys and their care take a look at our Donkey Care Guide. Donkeys today come in all shapes, sizes, colours and coat texture. The most common coat colour is grey, followed by brown and then black, roan and broken coloured donkeys a combination of brown and white or black and white markings and the rarest colour is pure white. Many different colours, sizes and shapes of donkeys can be seen as you walk around The Donkey Sanctuary but the most noticeable is probably the difference between the resident herd and the Poitou donkeys. They originate from France and stand at 14 to 15 hands, they have a thick coat which traditionally is matted and tangled and is brown bay in colour.
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A mule is the offspring of a male donkey jack and a female horse mare. Of the two first generation hybrids between these two species, a mule is easier to obtain than a hinny , which is the offspring of a female donkey jenny and a male horse stallion. The size of a mule and work to which it is put depend largely on the breeding of the mule's female parent dam.