Breeding and Temperament
Mini Mediterranean Donkey Association

The choice of breeding stock needs to be made with care. Different breeders have different goals but by far the most important factor must always be good conformation. Temperament is frequently genetic and must also rank as important. Colour is also a sought after preference but must never take priority and finally never forget that smaller is not necessarily better.

Miniature Mediterranean Donkeys, as with all breeds of donkey, have a gestation period of between 11-13 months and almost without exception have a single offspring. Jenny (female) miniature donkeys should not be mated until they are three years old, (3 1/2 yrs is better). Before 3 years they are still growing and developing themselves and can be physically and mentally immature. This can give rise to a weak and weedy foal and the jenny could make a very poor mother. Lifespan of a miniature is 35+ years, so there is plenty of time to become a parent!

Jack (male) donkeys are capable of breeding at approximately one year of age (sometimes 18 months), although some have been known to become sexually active as early as 7 months, thus it is important to separate a colt from his mother and other jenny foals at this time.

There is no need to give extra food for the pregnant jenny until 3 months before the foal is due, when at this time extra supplements of vitamins and minerals may be added. Jennys will require space on their own a couple of weeks before the birth and of course a stable or loose box should be thoroughly cleaned ready for the birth. Most female miniatures make extremely good mothers and will usually manage to give birth without any help, (small females below 30" can develop birthing problems and could require veterinary care).

One must ensure that as the time for giving birth draws near she can access the stable to do so in safety. The foal should stand and suckle within two hours and it is important to examine the afterbirth and foetal sack to check all has been expelled. Make sure the water container in the stable is not so big or low that the newly born foal can fall in and drown. Care should be taken if the weather is cold. Dry the foal and make up a deep bed of dry straw. The foal will need to sleep frequently as well as suckle and noisy visitors should be discouraged for the first couple of days. However if the weather is warm and sunny the foal will enjoy experimenting with its running techniques within hours of birth.

Mini Mediterranean Donkey Association

When looking for a Miniature Mediterranean Donkey to buy, it is important check that any foal or adult that is offered is registered with the Miniature Mediterranean Donkey Association and the buyer should ask to see the certificate of registration. This is the only way to ensure that you are purchasing a genuine Miniature Mediterranean Donkey. All registered mini donkeys have their own unique number on the certificate.

Conditions of entry into our General Register and Stud Book Register are detailed on the MMDA Registry page.

The Miniature Mediterranean Donkey Association is dedicated to improvement of the breed without propagating any genetic faults which could be passed on to future generations.

THE AIMS OF THE MINIATURE MEDITERRANEAN DONKEY ASSOCIATION:

  • To encourage responsible care of the Miniature Mediterranean Donkey
  • To ensure the welfare and health of the Miniature Mediterranean Donkey
  • To maintain a Registration Stud Book with three separate sections: -
         Identification Register (ID)
         General Register (G)
         Stud Register (SB)
  • To set and maintain a breed standard
  • To promote the Miniature Mediterranean Donkey through exhibitions and shows
Donkey Colour Guide

The description of your donkeys when registering it is not just for interest but is an important element for security and positive identification, augmenting the many photographs you have hopefully taken. A little time spent could prove worthwhile.

Remember a 'grey dun with dark cross and pale eye rings' would describe 75% of the donkeys in this Country. Many characteristics are unique to your donkey and should be carefully detailed.

Note any white patches. Note accurately location any whorls and whether clockwise or anticlockwise. Draw on separate piece of paper if required.

The following distinguishing markings should be listed:-

Muzzle pale or dark, eye rings pale or dark, jowls throat chest and belly if pale, colour of ears (rims or whole), mane, tail, dorsal stripe and possibly ventral stripe (under belly). Any star or blaze on forehead. Colour (inc. stripes) of hooves. Include any freeze or hoof brands, or microchip numbers.

Colours are the commonest cause of confusion. The acceptable lists of colours are as follows, however you may add more descriptive terms on the details for the reverse of the certificate.

The MMDA Accepted Colours Are As Follows:

LIGHT DUN -

Very light brown
DUN -

Pastel light brown
DARK DUN -

Very light brown
GREY DUN -

Grey with light brown
DARK GREY DUN -

Steel grey with brown
DARK GREY DUN -

Steel grey with brown
LIGHT BROWN -

Light chocolate brown
DARK BROWN -

Deeper chocolate brown
SORREL -

Red tones of brown
LIGHT SORREL -

Softer pink/red
DARK SORREL -

Rusty red brown
BROWN/BLACK -

Very dark brown with some black
BLACK -

All black (no other colour)
WHITE -

All white (no other colour)
PIEBALD -

Black and White
SKEWBALD -

Any other colour and White

Name Prefixes and Suffixes

A prefix is a stud name by which all the donkeys bred by you will be known provided you register them. The prefix is written before the foals name; e.g.. Barley High Christobell. If you sell the foal, that name cannot be changed and a suffix may not be added.

You may use your prefix, which should be registered with the MMDA, if you owned the jenny (mother) when the foal was born.

If you purchase a foal that has not been registered with a prefix before it's name, you may then add your stud name as a suffix at the end of the foal's name. e.g.; Christobell of Barley High. This indicates you did not breed the donkey. Examples:

  • A. I own the prefix Barleyhigh. I bred a donkey called Moonshine - his full name is thus Barleyhigh Moonshine.
  • B. I bought a donkey called Neesha. Her name is thus suffixed to become Neesha of Barleyhigh.

A Prefix or Suffix remains part of the donkeys name ad infinitum, including a foreign prefix. No donkey may have two prefixes or two suffixes.


Miniature Mediterranean Donkey Association is a Private Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered No. 4642344
Secretary: Mr Viv Roberts - (01745) 584741 - Email: vivian_roberts@sky.com