Ever since I saw the lovable donkey who is the cute piglet’s best friend in a cartoons show, I have always been fascinated by donkeys. Now that I am a teenager, the desire to have a donkey for a pet is stronger. However, my parents do not like the idea. I think I have to save up so I can buy my own donkey in the near future. But sometimes I cannot decide on what type of donkey to finally buy.
Donkeys, related to horses and zebras, vary in colors from the most usual gray, brown, black, strawberry, to white. Even if nearly all of the domesticated ones are not pure breeds anymore due to cross breeding, several distinct breeds can still be found around the globe. The types of donkeys are:
- Standard Donkey. Nearly all of the owned donkeys are normally classified according to size. But the standard donkey type is not immediately recognizable anymore because of cross breeding. Their sizes vary from small standard (36.01 up to 40 inches), standard (40.01 up to 48 inches), and the big standard (48.01up to 54 inches for the female ones and a maximum of 56 inches for the males) Mammoth Donkeys. As it name literally means, this type of donkey is large. It was bred to become a working animal. The male mammoth donkey should be 58 inches while the female should be at the minimum 56 inches.
- American Spotted Ass. Strictly, this is a donkey which is registered with ACSA (American Council of Spotted Asses), a group interested in this breed’s preservation. All of the breeds may feature a spotted look but the specific type American Spotted Ass actually is a donkey that has been bred with another within the ACSA to maintain the spotted trait.
- Cypriot Donkey. This type of donkey is known for its more amiable character, and by its bigger, floppier ears. In the past, these donkeys were initially bred to work. Nowadays, because of these donkeys’ work ethics, they are still being utilized as working animals in some places.
- Poitou Donkeys. Numerous individuals have not heard of this donkey type since this is among the rarest breeds but it is gradually increasing in population again following its label as an endangered species. The dwindling of numbers was because of this breed’s not being a working animal and because of its disposition. This breed is the biggest among the donkey breeds. They have shaggy coats.
Personally, I prefer to own a gray Standard donkey. Since I am big, I want a big donkey. I just hope that its price is not as big as its size, though. Anyway, now that I have a specific type of donkey in mind, I can set my goal realistically. Afterwards, I will make a stable or a house outside our home. And I will call my new pet ‘Lovely” because that is what donkeys are. I will feed her nothing but the best, even if it means begging my parents for money. Oh, my parents? I forgot that I still have to convince them to permit me to have a pet donkey.