March 10, 2009
About The Breed - Andalucian Donkeys
The Andalucian breed of donkeys, also known as Cordobese donkeys, was developed by farmers in the Andalucian region of Spain.
This breed tends to have a quiet disposition, and a steady, willing & patient temperament. The breed standard minimum height is 14.1hh for males and 13.1hh for females, and some Andalucians can grow as tall as 16hh. They are light dappled silver gray in color.
In the agricultural census done between 1930 and 1940, there were between 900,000 and 1,200,000 donkeys in this region. They were highly valued in the production of mules. They were also one of the breeds used in the development of the American Mammoth Jackstock breed in the United States.
But as farming mules were replaced by machinery, and the demand for Andalucian donkeys in the production of mules decreased, so did their numbers. Few Andalucian donkeys can be found in Spain today. With only around 120 to 150 known worldwide today, they are in great danger of extinction. The National Association of Breeders of the Andalucian Donkey is now working to protect and preserve this wonderful breed for future generations to enjoy.
Here are two more links where you can find information on those who are working to save the Andalucian donkey:
Donkeys of Andalucia
Raza Asnal Andaluza (This site is in Spanish. You may translate it to English using Google's Language Tool)
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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at March 10, 2009 04:44 PM