Sunday, November 19, 2017
Donkey Info Breeds & Types

The Donkeys depicted on this page are examples of their Breed/Type.
Within each registry there is a wide range of colouring. See the colours page for examples of this.

Breed Registry

The following Donkeys are registered in Stud Books as breeds in Australia, their breed names coined as to their country of origin.

English/Irish Donkey

The English and Irish Donkey is compact and small, but strong and sturdy, with an excellent temperament. It is a very active and willing Donkey. All these qualities make the English and Irish Donkey an ideal pet or a safe mount for children and adults alike and an eager and sturdy harness animal.

The English Donkey Society of Australia was founded in late 1976 by a small group of enthusiasts for the breed who had either imported pure-bred Donkeys from England, Ireland or New Zealand, or who had the first generation progeny of these Donkeys.

The aim in founding the English Donkey Society of Australia was to keep as pure as possible the breeding of the English and Irish Donkey, and to maintain breeding records. In addition to the registration of pure-bred and part-bred Donkeys, a register of ID (identification) Jennies was started. This was necessary as so few 100% Jennies were imported in the early days of breeding. Meeting certain requirements, these Jennies were then bred with 100% stock to upgrade.

Well bred registered English and Irish Donkeys are ideal for breeders, and for those who want a quality Donkey of known breeding, and with the conformation and temperament to be a good performance animal.

Read more about the English/Irish Stud Book...

Australian Teamster Donkey

The Australian Teamster developed over 150 years of isolation in the arid regions of Australia. They are an excellent medium sized Donkey, the name giving recognition to their original purpose. Many breeders based their studs solely on the descendants of the original team Donkeys found in outback, for reasons of preference of style/size, also for their historical and heritage links.

Far from being a work animal, the Teamster now is usually found as a recreational animal for harness, under saddle or pack, in the show ring and as a devoted companion.

In 2005 the name "Australian Teamster” was coined by what was then the EIDSA All Breeds Inc., as an apt and accurate term for the Teamster Donkeys’ type, style and historic origins. The first register for them was formalised, recognising them formally as a Breed.

The creation of the “Australian Teamster” Register has been quickly accepted, and it has joined the heritage equines breeds of Australia.

Read more about the Australian Teamster...

American Mammoth Jackstock

The original "Mother Stud Book " for the American Jackstock was first called the 'American Standard Jackstock Register', and was established in late 1890's. The "Standard" meaning that they had been measured against a standard for quality. The Standard includes criteria such as bone circumference, height, good width, depth, length, strong loin, a well muscled neck, (not over thick and of proper length), feet of good size and shape, and a well shaped head, with the right size in relation to the body, and with large well-set eyes. It continues to this day, and is now known as the 'American Mammoth Jackstock Register' (A.M.J.R).

D.A.B.S.A has a Stud Register established for American Mammoth Jackstock imported in recent years and their progeny, with the aim to maintain a record of bloodlines, origins, and breed standards, thus encouraging the genetic integrity of this breed.In addition, D.A.B.S.A has an established appendix for part bred Mammoth stock, to meet the perceived needs of Australian breeders.

Read more about American Mammoth Jackstock...

The American Miniature Mediterranean Donkey

American Miniature Mediterranean Donkeys were first imported to Australia in the 1990s. They have a long and documented history, and are a specific breed in their own right, not 'bred down' to size. Maximum height of a Miniature Mediterranean is 36 inches. The Australian Stud Book Register maintained by D.A.B.S.A allows for varying percentages of pure Miniature Mediterranean blood.

Mediterranean Mini's are very personable little souls, and make both wonderful pets, and fun little competition/recreational Donkeys. Dedicated breeders are currently importing some terrific new lines into Australia, and the breed is growing in popularity as more people become aware of these versatile and loving little animals.

Read more about American Miniature Mediterraneans...

General Registry


For any Donkey suitable as a pet or a performance Donkey.

Registration allows parentage, if known, to be recorded, along with details such as height/colour etc.

It also gives the Donkey a permanent identifier such as brand or micro chip, a welfare consideration.

Registration under 'Pet/Performance' is required for eligibility for DABSA sponsored awards if Donkey is not registered in any other category.


Hybrids. Mules/Hinnys can come in any size or mixture of Horse/Donkey breeds.


Where the Sire is a Donkey and the Dam is a Horse mare the resulting progeny is a Mule. The reverse cross, where the Sire is a Horse Stallion and the Dam is a Donkey Jenny is called a Hinny.

Mules/Hinnys can often be bigger then their parents due to hybrid vigour.

Miniature- Australian and Foundation

Similar to the American Donkey & Mule Society’s Miniature Registry, this register is a height rather than breed register. It is open to English/Irish and American Miniature Mediterranean Donkeys from Miniature stock, as well as any mature Donkey (5 years +) which meet the height criteria. English/Irish Donkeys can increase in height until the age of five, therefore, in order to maintain the integrity of this register, mature updates will be at 5 years.

Reflecting the small number of Miniature Donkeys in Australia, the Miniature Donkey Registry of Australia currently accepts Donkeys up to 38”or 9.2hh.

Australian Miniature- 36" and under

Foundation Miniature- Over 36" and up to and including 38"

This register also records all known pedigree information, including overseas registered animals.

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