Miniature Mediterranean Donkey Association
MMDA Register & forms

The Miniature Donkey Stud Book And Registry Of The UK

PLEASE NOTE: We have a new Registrar called Ann French, please click 'Contact Us' for her contact details 

The Miniature Donkey Stud Book of the UK is the only register created solely for the Miniature Mediterranean Donkeys in this country and was opened several years ago to ensure the purity of this special breed of donkey in Great Britain.

The Stud Book has three sections: ID Register: General Register and Studbook Register.

The vast majority of the Miniature Mediterranean Donkeys in the UK are recorded within our Stud Book. We are able to investigate the ancestry of donkeys registered with us and frequently provide pedigrees of at least 3 generations and sometimes ancestry dating back to the first imports into the USA in 1929! Some of the donkeys registered with us have over 400 traceable recorded ancestors. This information is vital for improving the breed and avoiding inadvertent in-breeding. It is therefore also most important that all new foals are registered to record their lineage for future years.

Miniature donkeys (within the 36" height specification) but with only one generation of recorded pedigree may also be registered in our general register, and their offspring upgraded over two generations. This is in fact just as important to ensure future generations can be monitored so that their Miniature Mediterranean status can be proven.

Stud Book conditions of entry

The Miniature Mediterranean Donkey Association maintains a stud book for Miniature Mediterranean Donkeys.

This Stud book is divided into 3 registers, some with sub sections.

  • Identification Register (ID)
  • General Register (G)
  • Stud Register (SB)

Sub sections in the identification register are -

  • donkeys with one Miniature Mediterranean parent,
  • donkeys that have grown over 36” or have failed to achieve minimum height.
  • donkeys produced by inbreeding.

NB (Foal Registration numbers for such donkeys have ID after the number e.g. 508-ID. The certificate is grey and stamped ‘Identification Register’.)

Sub sections in the General Register are -

  • foals awaiting maturity.
  • geldings.
  • donkeys not entered into Stud register.
  • donkeys lacking 3 generations - grading up (G Improving).
  • inspected donkeys grading up.

Sub sections in the Stud Register are -

  • foundation donkeys pre 2003.
  • donkeys with 3 generations.
  • donkeys with two stud registry parents.
  • inspected donkeys

Registration rules for EU bred donkeys

  • All EU donkeys have to be micro chipped before registration

At birth

  • donkey foals who are produced by inbreeding (see glossary) go into ID and may not grade up.
  • donkey foals with only one registered parent go into ID but the next generation, that will therefore have two generations are eligible for the grading up register.
  • all other foals who have two registered go into General registry - sub section foals

At 3 years (actual age)

  • all males confirmed as geldings and of correct size (see glossary) receive General registry certificate.
  • donkeys that have grown over 36” go into the Identification registry
  • donkeys with missing generations (see glossary) and correct size go into improving section of the General registry

NB Great grandparents qualify with only a registration number and name. The name need not have a prefix.

NB These donkeys can be inspected by a vet as suitable for breeding.

Donkeys that are eligible can be entered into the Stud Registry

to be eligible 3 year olds must be

  • under 36”  (minimum recommended heights are 28 inches for male and 30 inches for jennies).  It is recognised that miniature donkeys are not fully grown at 3 years of age.
  • and have a 3 generation pedigree or have both parents in Stud  Register

and if a stallion,

  • to be inspected by a vet as suitable for breeding

NB Great grandparents qualify with only a registration number and name. The name need not have a prefix.

Registration rules for Foreign bred donkeys

In addition all must have been DNA typed for parentage and be micro chipped before leaving the country of origin.

When applying for MMDA registration the relevant foreign pedigree registration certificate must be supplied

Application Forms