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Andalucian donkeys

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Also at the Sacab Coin horse show were many Andalucian donkeys. These are a breed of very large donkey specific to Andalucia. They were registered as ‘endangered’ in 2001; subsequently, a charity was set up on the Costa del Sol to encourage the protection and breeding of these donkeys.

As mentioned, these donkeys are much larger than their small donkey cousins, and are always light in colour. They used to live and work throughout southern Spain, but with the advent of the tractor, this “poor man’s horse” lost its popularity, and with smaller numbers, the purity of the blood lines was almost lost.

They are considered to be very intelligent (much more so than horses, apparently!) and docile, and really like people, as they were always kept as part of the family.

Take a look at the video – the baby donkey is sooooo cute!

Author: Ann Larson

One-time IT executive who lives on a 22 acre olive farm in Spain with husband Kenton and 2 boxer dogs. We make Yunquera Gold olive oil, and soap and skincare products from same. We aim to make natural, fresh, and handmade products at affordable prices!

2 thoughts on “Andalucian donkeys

  1. Mmm. I’d like a donkey. I just spent all day cutting lemon wood, carried it up a precipice to the road (track) then got the car stuck. A donkey would’ve been much quicker. Trouble is, they live longer than people don’t they? You know you’re getting on when its no longer practical to consider keeping an elephant. Then a parrot. Then (I guess) a donkey. Then a dog. Then a goldfish. Then . . a gerbil. . ?
    And is there any Andalucian advantage to being a giant donkey? Andalucian animals – chickens, pigs and goats for example are usually little tough and wirey!

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  2. Urm…they don’t live longer than people, unless the people are of a certain age! LOL. Our friend says a mule is better – stronger, don’t eat much. But his mule is 28 yrs old and counting – say no more!

    Andalucian animals are small and wiry, very true, lots of the people, too! This is the first time in my life that I feel really tall !!!

    Hope you and Judy are well!

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