Mini donkeys how small??

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Dec 16, 2002
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Catskill, NY
Hi, I was just wondering how small mini donks can be? We just visited an exotic animal park last week & they had the cutiest little tiny jack, he must have been well under 28".
I am not sure myself. I wonder if there has ever been a dwarf mini donkey like in the miniature horses.
I'm sure there probably are dwarves but he was certainly not a dwarf. I was hpoing someone on here would have info on how small they can be.
The smallest I have heard of any has been 28". I do know that there is a miniature mule in Kentucky that stands 25" and no dwarf traits at all. I have never heard of any dwarf donkeys .....minimule have you??? or Colleen?? Corinne
I just talked to a guy in MO..that had 5 jenny's given to him and when I told him I had just gotten one LITTLE Jack and he asked how small And I said 31 inches and he said OH that IS NOT small~~!!~! So yes they are many under 30 inches and some at 25 or smaller and in no way are drwafs~!
Here is some info on sizes and also the page where I got it from...

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WOW 25", I'm sure this little guy is around 26". I didn't know they were that small. I've only seen the bigger 34" to 36" ones I guess!
Miniature donkeys are 36" or less at the shoulder at maturity. Standard donkeys are 36" to 48" at the shoulder. Mammoth donkeys stand over 48".
I would love to see a pic of the mini mule that is 25 inches..........anyone know where I can find a pic of him at............or a website..........that would be too cool......I will be picking my jack up the end of October and he is 32 inches and will be breeding him to my mares who are 31, 30, 28 inches tall...........for mini mules. He is spotted and the mares are two blacks and one red/white paint. Will be interesting to see what turns out of these combos..............
On the dwarf issue; someone told me the donkeys don't have dwarfs because they have always been little animals. Because people have "helped create" the mini horses by breeding down, there are sometimes flaws because we have "messed with" nature and that cause the dwarfs. I'm not sure how correct this is but it does make least to me!