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Everything You Need to Know About Having A Mini Donkey As A Pet


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When it comes to choosing a pet, some people opt for classics like cats, dogs, and even hamsters. Others, however, prefer more unique companions. For example, people with a lot of wide-open space might consider bringing a mini donkey into their family. And who can blame them? Have you seen how cute they are?

Now, don’t let the name fool you, mini donkeys aren’t exactly mini. They can grow up to 3 feet tall and weigh anywhere from 200 to 450 pounds, according to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. And even if you’re OK with a pet that’s on the larger side, there’s one very important question to ask yourself: Do mini donkeys even make good pets? Well, the short answer is yes. If you’ve got the land for one to roam around, a mini donkey can make a great, loving pet that bonds with the whole family. But there are a few things you’ll need to think about before deciding whether a mini donkey is a right pet for you.

 

How much space do they really need?

 

 

It should go without saying that mini donkeys need to live outdoors, and they require a minimum of half an acre per donkey, according to The Donkey Sanctuary. Within their pasture, there should be some form of shelter that will protect them from the rain and any rough winds.

What do mini donkeys eat?

 

 

Mini donkeys are natural grazers, meaning they’ll appreciate being kept in a grass field where they can much all day, according to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. It’s important to note that they’re prone to weight gain, so you’ll have to monitor their food consumption carefully.

 

What is their temperament like?

 

 

Mini donkeys are known for being extremely laid back, making them perfect companions for people of all ages, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo says. They’re so calm, in fact, they’re often used as companions for nervous animals. The old adage of “stubborn as a mule” comes from the fact that donkeys are very cautious and won’t do anything that they see as being a potential threat.

 

What colors do they come in?

 

 

Mini donkeys come in a wide variety of colors with the most common being gray. They also can be brown, black, red, spotted, or even all-white (although that’s rarer), according to mini donkey breeder Quarter Moon Ranch.

 

Can they live alone?

 

 

Donkeys are naturally herded animals, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo says, meaning they don’t like living in isolation. It’s important that they have other animals or people around to keep them company. They particularly get along well with other livestock such as horses, cows, goats, sheep, and alpacas.

 

How long do they live?

 

 

The average lifespan of a mini donkey is 33 years, so you’ll definitely have your fuzzy companion around for a very long time.


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