with the International Miniature Donkey Registry (IMDR) & The Miniature
The MINIATURE SICILIAN
DONKEY is like no other equine. They are so very affectionate and truly
born that way. The donkeys bred and raised here at Valley Exotics are all
registered with the International Miniature Donkey Registry. The maximum
height for a miniature donkey to be registered in the class A registry is
36" at the withers. Our
primary breeding jack "EEYORE" is 32" at the withers. All of our jennets
are less than 36", our tallest being 35" and our smallest being 33".
These are considered good sizes for the jennets. The jennet should be a
little larger to help prevent birthing problems.
The Sicilian Donkey according to an article dated 1995 are on the USDA
livestock conservancy list with the worlds population numbering less than
10,000. Don’t confuse the common donkey of small size with the Sicilian. These
are two different breeds. There are many similarities however. The major
difference in our experience is the natural born friendly disposition of
The Sicilian comes in many different colors but the main two are the
silver colored ones commonly known as the "gray-dun" and the dark brown
ones known as the "chocolates". All Sicilians have the dorsal stripe with
a dark cross strapped across their withers. This creates the cross shape
design over their back which lore tells us was put there to symbolize the
Christ child being carried upon the donkey’s back.
Donkeys receive the same vaccination regimen used on horses. They are fed
a fifteen percent protein sweet feed, one or two cups per day, when
growing or pregnant. However, as with horses, an adult not being worked
can do well on a good quality hay alone. I tend to spoil mine giving even
the donkeys in this category a small amount of sweet feed as well. They
certainly know when I have the feed and follow me around braying for some!
My donkeys always bray the second I step out the door. Sometimes to say
they are hungry and other times just to say hello!! These little guys are
sincerely affectionate! My main breeding jack literally follows me around
and flops my hand on his head asking me to pet and scratch him! This is no
exaggeration! There exists, to my knowledge, no other equine equal in
affectionate disposition to the Miniature Sicilian Donkey!
Below, one of my jacks "Eeyore" at 32"
with any of the animals bred and sold here at our farm we are here to
answer any of the questions you may have concerning the care and feeding
of the Miniature Sicilian Donkey. We don’t claim to know everything about
any of the animals we breed and sell but we will do our best to answer any
questions you may have. With all animals there are exceptions to any rule
or guideline we try to use in relation to the care and breeding of these
animals. In my opinion, anyone who thinks he/she knows everything about
any animal is fooling themselves. The animals haven’t read the same books
Generally speaking the Miniature Sicilian Donkey is a wonderful pet, show
animal, breeder, or even can be trained to work- pulling small one or two person carts, as well as being the best darn pack animal to carry your
tent and camping supplies when hiking etc.. Keep in mind their weight
limits when using them for work and they will eagerly follow you down a
wooded trail. Packs and harness as well as halters made specifically for
the mini. donkey are available through several different magazines. My
favorite is the MINIATURE DONKEY TALK MAGAZINE.
The prices on the donkeys we raise vary according to the specific
animals conformation, height, color, pedigree, current market value etc..
When specific animals are for sale a photo, description, and price will be
included in this section. Currently, a ball park figure for pricing would
be for a gray-dun male weanling of average height and good conformation
would be priced approx. $500.00 but could go as high as $2,000.00 for
exceptional height and conformation. An equivalent female would range in
price from $1,000.00 to as much as $4,000.00. These are just estimates.
Without an animal in front of you it is hard to set a price but this gives
you an idea of the range in pricing.
for foals for sale soon. We are expecting several within the next few
months. Please check back for current updates.
For a current listing of all animals we have for sale, please visit our Animals for Sale page.
STARTING A NEW HERD! NEW CHOCOLATE COLOR Jacks and Jennetts -- very small! Breeding for Chocolates with very small, exceptionally
gentle, quality conformation, and registered with the I.M.D.R. (the
International Miniature Donkey Registry).
*All Class "A" registered will be below 36" tall at the withers.
Valley's Tally HO X Valley's Eeyore II
Hasn't he got the coolest "do" you ever saw???
And NO...we didn't cut his bangs...that's just the way they grew!
Valley's Nikki X Valley's Eeyore II
Valley's Rose X Valley's Eeyore II
EXTREMELY Small Female
Available when weaned
Just look at her next to a Pyr! So tiny!
"Valley's Eeyore II"
and lovely deep, chocolate color.
HERD JENNETTS "Valley's Nikki"
girl, exceptionally deep chocolate color. She is gorgeous and
HERD JENNETTS "Valley's Tally-Ho"
girl, also with deep, chocolate color!
HERD JENNETTS "Valley's Rose"
"Great Pyrenees" breed of dog is an excellent guardian for donkeys as
well as many kinds of livestock. we recommend this breed for
livestock guardian dogs.