Miniature Mediterranean donkeys are a distinct breed, not a small version of a standard donkey. They originated on the islands of Sicily and Sardinia and in North Africa where the small donkeys carried firewood, delivered goods and pulled ore carts in mines. Today they are endearing companions, and public ambassadors in schools, fairs, parades and nursing homes.
Standing no taller than 36" at the withers, these amazing long ears are noted for their sweet, sociable dispositions while being at once tough and trainable.
The first miniature donkeys arrived in the U.S. in 1929 when New York stockbroker Robert Green imported them to his New Jersey farm after finding their lives as beasts of burden intolerable.
“Miniature donkeys possess the affectionate nature of the Newfoundland, the resignation of a cow, the durability of a mule, the courage of a tiger, and the intellectual capability only slightly inferior to man’s,” Green said and we whole heartedly agree.
Small and gentle, our donkeys are safe for children, the elderly, and disabled people. They are a wonderful therapeutic choice for people intimidated by or fearful of larger sized animals.
About Our Donkeys
Lulu Belle is a jennet born in 1997. Having been bred multiple times and now an advanced age, Lulu enjoys a peaceful retirement. With strong maternal instincts, Lulu is a confident leader and always the first to comfort anyone in distress.
Razzleberry is a jennet born in 2008. She is Lulu's daughter and got her name from the unusual pink hue in her coat. Forever the baby of the family, Razzie is charming, social and outgoing.
Dream is a jennet born in 2009. She is literally and figuratively the black sheep of our little herd. Despite her tiny stature, she has an independent spirit and feisty personality. She enjoys being the center of attention and is your friend on her terms.
Trifle is a jennet born in 1998. She was accidentally brought to the farm instead of Razzie. Once we met this wise and gentle donkey, we knew she was meant to stay. Trifle's innate confidence and calm demeanor encourage even the most nervous to approach.