I never was too familiar with donkeys, but over the past couple of weeks I've actually begun to learn quite a bit more about them due to a client that I work with.
She has two American Mammoth donkeys and boy are they ever cute! Such huge, wooly ears! I know that miniature donkeys are quite common in my area too but I've never heard of the donkey breeds that you've mentioned. That's pretty cool!
Oh, I forgot! Do Mules count? They're pretty common also in the states. They're like a cross between a donkey and a horse but tend to resemble more of a donkey? Do you guys have a bunch of those in Italy?
Yeah, we have mules in Italy, too ... they are the same of yours.
Ok, let's show something about italian donkey breeds :)
Here below the 2 donkey breeds native of my Sardinia island (in Italy):
The "Asinara Breed"
The "Sardinian Breed"
"Asinara Donkey" (the white one):
Originally from the island of Asinara (Sardinia).
Reduced size (as the donkey Sardo), is characterized by the mantle of white color probably due to an incomplete form of albinism.
It seems that at the end of the nineteenth century there were donkeys on the island by the white mantle, probably abandoned by the inhabitants moved to Stintino in 1885 following the transformation of the island state property. Other studies will make them come from white donkeys imported from Egypt in 1800, the Duke of Asinara.
There are about a hundred specimens of Asinara donkey that live in the wild on the island of Sardinia, so it is a specie in extinction.
Another typical Sardinian breed.
The presence of the specie on the island is very old.
According to other authors they have origins Neolithic or linked to imports Phoenician and finally, for others, of African origin.
The line cross-mills, the grey mantle, lighter on the abdomen, and dark circles on the face, the dramatically smaller distinguish it from other races asinine Italian.cause injury.
Over the past forty years, the total population mules fell from 38,000 to a few thousand heads, the donkey Sardinian around 350. The Institute of Sardinia Increase Horse breeding a group of donkeys at its center Forest Burgos.
The overriding objective is the recovery of a genetic base large enough to start a program to protect the breed.