Four Kinds of Donkey
by Paul & Betsy Hutchins
Donkeys range in size from 300-pound minis to American Mammoth jackstock, which may be as big as draft horses and capable of handling similar work. Mammoth jacks are often crossed with draft mares, most commonly Belgian or Percheron, to produce draft mules.
DonkeyOriginally imported from Sicily and Sardinia and
colloquially referred to as Sicilian donkey. A miniature must be less
than 36" at the withers to be registered as miniature by the American
Donkey and Mule Society.
Standard DonkeyMost donkeys in the world are in this size range. Often called burros, they stand between 36.01" and 48" at the withers and are further divided into:
Mammoth or American Standard Jack StockThis breed is the largest donkey in the world. Jacks must stand 56" or more, and jennets must be 54" and up. The correct name for this breed is American Standard, but the common name is Mammoth, which helps avoid confusion with standard donkeys.
American Spotted AssDonkeys of all sizes can have pinto or spotted coloring. The term American Spotted Ass is a trademark for asses registered with the American Council of Spotted Asses, which is attempting to establish foundation stock for this breed.
and Betsy Hutchins are co-founders of the
Donkey and Mule Society
PO Box 2067, Cedar Rapids IA 52406-2067
Phone: 319-362-3027 Fax: 319-362-3046
23 March 2003
25 October 2011 last revision