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Buyers Frequently Asked Questions



  • Ass-Pirin Acres FAQAre burros donkeys?
  • Yes, burro is the Spanish name for Ass.  Donkey is the English word for Ass.  Ass is the proper name, but most people use the term donkey or burro.


  • Ass-Pirin Acres FAQWhere did miniature donkeys come from?
  • Miniature donkeys are native to the Mediterranean islands, Sicily and Sardinia.


  • Ass-Pirin Acres FAQWere miniature donkeys larger donkeys bred down?
  • No.  The miniature donkey is a true breed, and are small and drafty.


  • Ass-Pirin Acres FAQHow tall can miniature donkeys be?
  • Miniature donkeys are 36" and under at the wither.


  • Ass-Pirin Acres FAQWhat is a wither?
  • The wither is the top of the shoulder, about where the cross is.


  • Ass-Pirin Acres FAQWhat colors are miniature donkeys?
  • The most common color is gray/dun.  Other colors are browns, black, spotted, white and sorrel.


  • Ass-Pirin Acres FAQHow long does a miniature donkey live?
  • With proper conditions it is not rare for a donkey to live to be 35 - 40 years old.


  • Ass-Pirin Acres FAQWhat is a jack?
  • A jack is an unaltered male donkey.


  • Ass-Pirin Acres FAQWhat is a jenny or jennet?
  • Both terms apply to a female donkey.


  • Ass-Pirin Acres FAQWhat is a gelding?
  • A gelding is a castrated jack.


  • Ass-Pirin Acres FAQWhat is a foal?
  • A foal is a term for a baby donkey of either sex.


  • Ass-Pirin Acres FAQDo donkeys bite and kick?
  • Miniature donkeys are very kind, docile, lovable, hugable, easy going animals.  It is rare that a donkey will kick or bite out of viciousness.


  • Ass-Pirin Acres FAQWould a miniature donkey make a good pet for my children?
  • Donkeys generally love children and seem to be extra careful and kind with them.


  • Ass-Pirin Acres FAQWhat sex should I get for a pet?
  • Geldings and jennets make the best pets.  Geldings of course are not as costly as jennets to purchase.


  • Ass-Pirin Acres FAQHow is the donkey market?
  • The market is very strong for quality animals.  There are two markets, the show and breed market and the pet market.


  • Ass-Pirin Acres FAQCan donkeys be trained?
  • Miniature donkeys are easily trained to pull a cart, pack, show, and small children can ride them as well.


  • Ass-Pirin Acres FAQCan I have just one?
  • No! Donkeys are very social, develop strong bonds and should never live a life of solitude.  A pair is best, but a horse or pony my also work well.



  • Ass-Pirin Acres FAQDo Donkeys wear shoes?
  •   Donkeys have very strong hooves, and do not need shoes, but must have their fast growing hooves trimmed about every 6 - 8 weeks.


  • Ass-Pirin Acres FAQWhat is worming?
  • Donkeys need to be given a dewormer every 6 - 8 weeks to keep parasite free.  Parasites can cause some serious health problems.


  • Ass-Pirin Acres FAQDo donkeys need shots?
  • Donkeys should be vaccinated yearly or as often as indicated for Rabies, flu, Rhino, encephalitis and tetanus.  Foals get a series of shots and then begin on the yearly schedule.  Some areas require other vaccines in addition to the above.


  • Ass-Pirin Acres FAQHow often and what feed is recommended?
  • A donkey should have a good, clean, quality hay, grain, mineral salt, and fresh, clean water at least twice daily.


  • Ass-Pirin Acres FAQHow much do they eat?
  • Amounts are determined be the individual.  Generally 2 - 3 flakes of hay, 1 - 2 cups of low protein grain and free choice of fresh water and salt.


  • Ass-Pirin Acres FAQDoes a donkey need a barn?
  • Donkeys need to be able to get in a dry, draft free, well ventilated area as weather conditions demand.  They need shelter from the wind, rain, snow in the winter and sun and flies in the summer.


  • Ass-Pirin Acres FAQDoes a donkey need a pasture?
  • Donkeys need to get exercise, be able to play and run, and get sunshine and fresh air.


  • Ass-Pirin Acres FAQHow old is a jennet when she is bred?
  • Jennets should be three years old before they are bred.


  • Ass-Pirin Acres FAQWhy three years old?
  • Donkeys mature slowly and are not full grown until close to four years of age.


  • Ass-Pirin Acres FAQYou really love what you are doing, don't you?
  • YES!  I cannot imagine life without them!  They truly are the most affectionate, addicting animal of their kind.  Like potato chips, one is hardly enough!


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